Colorado Avalanche: Top 5 Draft Picks, not Coming to the Avs

GUELPH, ON - JANUARY 25: Filip Zadina #11 of Team Cherry skates against Team Orr in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game at the Sleeman Centre on January 25, 2018 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Team Cherry defeated Team Orr 7-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
GUELPH, ON - JANUARY 25: Filip Zadina #11 of Team Cherry skates against Team Orr in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game at the Sleeman Centre on January 25, 2018 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Team Cherry defeated Team Orr 7-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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PLYMOUTH, MI – FEBRUARY 15: Adam Boqvist #3 of the Sweden Nationals skates up ice against the Finland Nationals during the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament game at USA Hockey Arena on February 15, 2018 in Plymouth, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Adam Boqvist

2017-18 Team: Brynäs IF, SHL
Date of Birth: August 15, 2000 (17 years old)
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 168 pounds
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right

Elephant in the room: Adam Boqvist is small and young. Like Zadina, he comes from a European hockey family, in this case Sweden. His brother, Jesper, was drafted by the New Jersey Devils but is still playing in Sweden, on the same team as Adam.

Adam Boqvist is 100% in the new style of offensive defensemen — small and speedy with fantastic puck-moving skills. He’s highly mobile and nimble in how he skates. His play is fluid and balanced.

What’s interesting about the small youngster is he’s actually known for playing some defense. While his offensive skills are what catch people’s attention, Boqvist quietly works the neutral zone to take and drive puck possession.

I hope the Ottawa Senators snap up Boqvist. He could learn at the great Erik Karlsson’s knee how to be a dynamic offensive defenseman at the NHL level.

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Naturally, any NHL team would be lucky to draft Rasmus Dahlin, and the Colorado Avalanche are no different. Of the other top-five prospects, though, I would most love to have seen big Andrei Svechnikov in burgundy and blue. But, the Avs would probably salivate over little Boqvist more.