It's anybody's guess when the 2020 NHL Draft may be held.

It's already been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and no makeup date has been set.

But whenever -- and wherever -- it occurs, Jake Sanderson will likely become one of the highest-drafted UND players of all time.

Sanderson is ranked as the No. 4 North American skater available draft according to the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, which released its final 2020 draft rankings Wednesday.

Sanderson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman from Whitefish, Mont., played for the U.S. Under-18 Team last season and is slated to join UND's team in the fall.

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Only one UND player has ever gone in the top seven picks of the NHL Draft. That was Jonathan Toews, who went No. 3 to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006.

Outside of Toews, five other UND players have gone in the top 10: defenseman Jason Herter went No. 8 in 1989, while defensemen John Marks (1968), James Patrick (1981) and Brian Lee (2005) all went No. 9 overall and forward Tyson Jost went No. 10 in 2016.

Sanderson was No. 11 in Central Scouting's midterm rankings, but likely rose after his MVP performance at an All-American Game in January.

"If Jake's not the best defender in the world for his birth year," U.S. Under-18 Team coach Seth Appert said, "I don't know who's better.

"He's 6-2. Incredible skater. Incredible, explosive skater. Mean. Physical. Blocks shots. Moves the puck. Transitions it really well. He's on the power play. He has everything you want, really. He's our captain. He's a winner. The guys think the world of him. And he's the kind of guy you want in your room."

Sanderson has NHL pedigree, too. His father, Geoff, played 17 years in the NHL and played for the Stanley Cup in 1999 with the Buffalo Sabres.

The top three in the rankings ahead of Sanderson are forward Alexis Lafreniere, forward Quinton Byfield and defenseman Jamie Drysdale -- all of whom play Canadian major junior hockey.

UND had five other recruits in the North American skater rankings.

Defenseman Tyler Kleven, a Fargo product and Sanderson's teammate on the U.S. Under-18 Team, was No. 42. Kleven is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound punishing defenseman with some offensive tools.

Defenseman Mitchell Miller, who played for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League, was No. 49. Miller is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds with a quick skating stride.

Grand Forks native Jackson Kunz, who played forward at Shattuck-St. Mary's, was No. 94. Kunz jumped from No. 113 in the midterm rankings to crack the top 100. Kunz played at Grand Forks Red River before moving to Shattuck.

Forward Ethan Bowen, who played for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the British Columbia Hockey League, came in at No. 119. Bowen, who missed more than a month with an injury, dropped from No. 77 at midterm.

And forward Stephen Halliday, who played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL, was No. 123. Halliday jumped 53 spots since the midterm rankings were released.

A pair of area players also cracked the draft rankings.

Warroad's Grant Slukynski, a Northern Michigan commit, is No. 152. Thief River Falls' Evan Bushy, a St. Cloud State commit, is No. 156. Slukynski led Warroad to the state tournament this season.

Players born between Jan. 1, 2000 and Sept. 15, 2002 are eligible for the NHL Draft. Central Scouting largely focuses on first-year eligible players.

UND defenseman Ethan Frisch was not ranked, but is a candidate to be selected.

It figures to be another busy draft day for UND prospects.

Last year, six UND players/recruits were picked: Shane Pinto (second round, Ottawa), Cooper Moore (fifth round, Detroit), Harrison Blaisdell (fifth round, Winnipeg), Judd Caulfield (fifth round, Pittsburgh), Jake Schmaltz (seventh round, Boston) and Massimo Rizzo (seventh round, Carolina).

UND commits in NHL Central Scouting final draft rankings

North American skater rankings

No. 4 -- Jake Sanderson (11 at midterm)

No. 42 -- Tyler Kleven (44)

No. 49 -- Mitchell Miller (48)

No. 94 -- Jackson Kunz (113)

No. 119 -- Ethan Bowen (77)

No. 123 -- Stephen Halliday (178)

Area players in NHL Central Scouting final draft rankings

North American skater rankings

No. 152 -- Grant Slukynski, Warroad, Northern Michigan commit

No. 156 -- Evan Bushy, Thief River Falls, St. Cloud State commit

Top college hockey players in Central Scouting rankings

No. 4 -- Jake Sanderson, D, North Dakota commit

No. 12 -- Dylan Hollowan, F, Wisconsin freshman

No. 20 -- Brendan Brisson, F, Michigan commit

No. 24 -- Ty Smilanic, F, Quinnipiac commit

No. 29 -- Thomas Bordeleau, F, Michigan commit

No. 31 -- Sam Colagelo, F, Northeastern commit

No. 26 -- Yan Kuznetsov, D, UConn freshman

No. 37 -- Wyatt Kaiser, D, Minnesota Duluth commit

No. 40 -- Luke Tuch, F, Boston University commit

No. 42 -- Tyler Kleven, D, North Dakota commit

No. 43 -- Dylan Peterson, F, Boston University commit

No. 44 -- Brock Faber, D, Minnesota commit

No. 45 -- Brett Berard, F, Providence commit

No. 47 -- Ian Moore, D, Harvard commit

No. 49 -- Mitchell Miller, D, North Dakota commit

No. 50 -- Carter Savoie, F, Denver commit

UND's all-time top-10 picks

No. 3 -- Jonathan Toews, 2006, Chicago Blackhawks

No. 8 -- Jason Herter, 1989, Vancouver Canucks

No. 9 -- John Marks, 1968, Chicago Blackhawks

No. 9 -- James Patrick, 1981, New York Rangers

No. 9 -- Brian Lee, 2005, Ottawa Senators

No. 10 -- Tyson Jost, 2016, Colorado Avalanche