It’s a little under two weeks until the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline, and the Vancouver Canucks are still pacing the Pacific Division and look well on their way to a playoff spot. This mathematical fact has the vast majority of the fanbase rightfully electrified, but there’s a small segment of supporters that can’t help but feel a twinge of regret when they see the standings – because they know it means that the Canucks’ first round pick in 2020 will be heading to the Tampa Bay Lightning as a result of the JT Miller trade.

We’re not here to relitigate that fabled transaction, which most would agree has turned out exceptionally well thus far, but it’s not so much the addition of Miller and more the subtraction of the pick that has prospect-hounds in their feelings – the victims of serious FOMO on a 2020 draft class that is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory.

As the aforementioned section of the fanbase that always keeps an eye to the future could tell you, the 2020 NHL Entry Draft has been hyped up for a couple of seasons as a special one – and not just because of the presence of super-prospect Alexis Lafrenière.