The National Hockey League released its final draft rankings for the 2020 Draft Wednesday, and Bay Roberts native Dawson Mercer is ranked 10th overall.
The rankings are for North American skaters only, meaning international players and goaltenders are not included.
It is a bit of a slip for Mercer, who was ranked sixth overall amongst North Americans in the January rankings.
Mercer was part of Canada’s world junior championship team over the Christmas holidays in the Czech Republic.
Prior to that, he starred in the CIBC Canada Russia Series and the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Mercer opened the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, piling up 42 points in 26 games. After the world juniors, he was traded to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, where he accumulated another 18 points in 16 outings as the Sags loaded up for a run at the President’s Cup league championship.
That was until the remainder of the QMJHL regular season and playoffs were cancelled last month.
QMJHL scoring champ Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic ranks No. 1 among North American skaters for the Draft, followed by two other Team Canada gold medal-winning teammates from the 2020 world juniors - No. 2 Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and No. 3 Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters.
The 2020 NHL Draft, which was originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and Draft Lottery) will be announced when details are finalized, the NHL said in a release.