Byfield, 18, scored 32 goals and added 50 assists in just 45 games with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves last season.
The Newmarket, Ont., native is the highest selected Black player in NHL history, passing Evander Kane and Seth Jones, who both went fourth overall in 2009 and 2013, respectively.
“It was something super special,” he said of the draft during a recent appearance on Tim & Sid. “You know, even though you couldn’t walk up on stage and shake all the people’s hands up there, it was still something really special, and you got to share that moment with your family. So, you know, I wouldn’t change that day for the world.
October 16, 2020