NHL 20 Franchise Mode: Best Young Left Wingers

It's about time you added one of these blue-chip prospects to your left wing.


When it comes to Franchise Mode on NHL 20, one of the most satisfying elements is giving young talents a chance in your NHL lines and developing them into world-beating superstars. 

Many of the best left wingers in the NHL right now are natural goalscorers, with the likes Alex Ovechkin, Brad Marchand, Johnny Gaudreau, Taylor Hall, and Evander Kane being known for their ability to fire the puck into the back of the net. While there is a fair share of snipers within this bunch of top young left wingers in NHL 20, plenty of them are noted for grinding into the dirty areas and throwing their bodies into opponents. 


So, here are the best young left wingers in NHL 20’s Franchise Mode. They are all 21-years-old or younger, with all of the figures taken from the 10 October 2019 Online Roster – to give EA Sports a bit of time to adjust to the NHL rosters.

Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames

Overall: 85
Age: 21-years-old
Potential: Elite med
Player Type: Right Wing Power Forward
Contract: $7.0 million, 3 years, 1-way
Nationality: American

Son of Keith Tkachuk – who notched 1201 games, 1065 points, and 2219 penalty minutes in the NHL – Matthew Tkachuk carries himself in a very similar way. Now embarking on his fourth campaign in the lines of the Calgary Flames, Tkachuk has notched 188 points and 248 penalty minutes up to his 16th appearance of the 2019/20 campaign. 

In NHL 20 Franchise Mode, Matthew Tkachuk is the best young left winger at the start, boasting an 85 OVR and an Elite med POT rating. As a power forward, Tkachuk’s attribute numbers are well balanced across the board, with ratings of 89 for his offensive awareness, body checking, and durability as well as 88s in deking, passing, strength, and in all shooting attributes. While his 91 aggressiveness and 70 discipline mean that he’ll feature in the penalty box quite often, Matthew Tkachuk’s well-rounded skill set makes him worthy of top-line minutes.

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes

Overall: 84
Age: 21-years-old
Potential: Elite med
Player Type: Right Wing Playmaker
Contract: $0.885 million, 1 year, 2-way
Nationality: American

One of the brightest young stars to emerge from the Arizona Coyotes prospect pool in a long time, Clayton Keller has become a franchise darling over the last couple of seasons. With incredible speed and dazzling skills, Keller is the exact kind of new-age winger that fans love to see on the ice. He burst onto the scene with 65 points in 82 games in 2017/18, but suffered a bit of a sophomore slump in 2018/19, only tallying 47 points in 82 games. 

Speed and skill is the name of the game for any Clayton Keller user in NHL 20, with his puck skills already rated five stars from the outset of Franchise Mode. The Yotes star boasts an incredible 94 in deking as well as 90s in hand-eye, passing, puck control, acceleration, agility, speed, and durability. Although relatively diminutive at 178cm and 76kg, Keller becomes one of the most potent weapons in the game once he fulfils his Elite med potential.

Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators

Overall: 82
Age: 19-years-old
Potential: Elite med
Player Type: Right Wing Power Forward
Contract: $0.925 million, 2 years, 2-way
Nationality: American

Rounding off the American dominance of young left wing prospects in NHL 20 is the younger brother of Matthew Tkachuk, Brady. Brady Tkachuk, much like his older brother and father, likes to dig into the dirty areas and throw his body around. In his first season with the Ottawa Senators, he played 71 games, scored 45 points, and also sat in the box for 75 minutes. 

Brady Tkachuk is also a well-rounded young left winger in Franchise Mode, but has a slight persuasion towards the physical side of the game. With 89 aggressiveness, 88 body checking, 87 strength, 85 durability, 80 fighting – which is very high for a teenage Elite med-level prospect, and is the same value as Matthew totes – and 87s for slap and wrist shot power, Brady Tkachuk is a force to be reckoned with from day one. 

Jesper Bratt, New Jersey Devils

Overall: 81
Age: 21-years-old
Potential: Top 6 low
Player Type: Right Wing Playmaker
Contract: $0.750 million, 1 year, 2-way
Nationality: Swedish

On a hotshot young New Jersey Devils team, Jesper Bratt has shown himself to be a valuable member, but injuries have hampered his progress. In 74 games of the 2017/18 season, Bratt clocked in 13 goals and 35 points, but an injury-stricken 2018/19 campaign saw his appearances cut to 51, but he still managed to tally 33 points. Even at the time of writing, the Swedish left winger was suffering from an upper-body injury and deemed to be day-to-day. 

In NHL 20, Jesper Bratt’s durability has taken a slight hit in light of his struggles, being given a rating of 75, but he boasts many other more promising attribute values. Despite only having a rating of 81 OVR, the 21-year-old boasts 87s in deking, passing, offensive awareness, acceleration, agility, and speed, with all of his shooting numbers being at or above 84. Bratt is a usable player from the start, but he’ll need top-six minutes if he’s to avoid finishing with a low overall rating due to his Top 6 low potential. 

Eeli Tolvanen, Nashville Predators

Overall: 77
Age: 20-years-old
Potential: Elite med
Player Type: Right Wing Sniper
Contract: $0.895 million, 2 years, 2-way
Nationality: Finnish

The Nashville Predators have made a bit of a name for themselves in recent years for selecting and cultivating talented European wingers into NHL-worthy skaters. In the lines now are the versatile Swedish trio of Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and Calle Jarnkrok, with the first two being drafted by the Preds and Jarnkrok being traded to Nashville in 2014 before playing for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL. 

They even had promising Swiss winger Kevin Fiala, but with yet another top winger coming through the system, they could afford to trade Fiala at the 2019 trade deadline. Still being given time to develop in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals, Eeli Tolvanen looks set to follow this line of talented European wingers. 

Very much an unrefined talent from the start of Franchise Mode in NHL 20, Eeli Tolvanen needs time to grow. That said, the Finn does tote some already impressive attribute ratings with an 88 in slap shot power, 87s in deking, agility, and wrist shot power, as well as an 83 in slap shot accuracy and 84 in wrist shot accuracy. Still only 20-years-old, Tolvanen becomes a great weapon on the left wing as he builds towards his Elite med potential.

Those skaters shown above are the top five young left wingers in NHL 20’s Franchise Mode, but the following players are also worth a look:

NameAgePlayer TypeHandednessPotentialOverall Rating
Maxime Comtois20Power ForwardLeftTop 6 med77
Alex Formenton20SniperLeftTop 6 med76
Carsen Twarynski21GrinderLeftTop 9 med75
Nicholas Caamano21Two-Way ForwardLeftTop 9 med75
Kristian Vesalainen20Two-Way ForwardLeftElite med75
Max Jones21Power ForwardLeftTop 6 med75
Tyler Benson21Two-Way ForwardLeftTop 6 low74
Peyton Krebs18PlaymakerLeftTop 6 med72

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