Every draft is riddled with a vast pool of players with an infinite amount of positive and negative qualities associated to each and every one of them.
The entry draft is an event in which all 31 NHL teams take turns picking players of age 17 to 19 from all across the world. It is an extremely hyped event because getting drafted is the first step for any young player towards playing professional hockey.
The 2020 entry draft, that’s scheduled to be held in October, is no different. This draft class is said to be one of the deepest and most talented group of young players in the past decade. Lead by phenoms like Lafrenière, Byfield and Stuetzle, I have a feeling a lot of teams are going to be extremely satisfied with their newly added talent.
However, in this article, I want to go over a player who I believe has the highest upside in the entire group. This guy might just be the most polarizing offensive talent of the entire draft class, but he is ranked right around early second round. At this point you may be wondering who this mystery man is, he’s the Quebec native defenseman : Jeremie Poirier.
Poirier could arguably be considered as the best offensive defenseman that the class has to offer, even over guys like Jamis Drysdale and Jake Sanderson. In my mind, Poirier is the best puck handler this draft has to offer, seriously go watch his highlights on Youtube and you’ll be amazed. He has a ridiculously high offensive potential and I’d consider him to be even more talented with the puck than players like Lafrenière and Byfield.
Now you might be wondering why a player with such a fantastic offensive tool is considered as an early second round talent? He’s one of the worst defensive players I’ve seen in a while and I’m not exaggerating. I have no clue if he doesn’t know how to play in his own zone or if he literally doesn’t care, but he’s going to have to improve a lot if he wants to have a professional career.
That being said, it’s extremely hard to teach offensive instincts and he has that 100% covered. Whoever drafts him is going to need to work with him a lot and often for him to learn the defensive side of the game. However, it’s way easier to learn than many other aspects of hockey.
It’s going to be very hard for teams to pass up on such high upside, as Poirier could easily become a 50-60 points per season defender. I think a team with a lot of depth on the blueline, like Colorado, New York or Carolina, could take a flyer and take on a project like him. Both scouts and coaches are going to be excited to get to work with such a talented player.
While a lot of mock drafts project him to go early second round, I think he’ll end up being drafted in the 20-30 range. It’s going to be exciting to watch him as he develops. Poirier could become the best defenseman from the 2020 draft class when all is said and done.
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