Colorado Avalanche: 2018 NHL Mock Draft of the First Round

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: General manager Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche listens to president of hockey operations Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks on the draft floor during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: General manager Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche listens to president of hockey operations Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks on the draft floor during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Picks 16 Through 20

USNTDP. Joel Farabee. 16. player. 103. . Left Wing

I went back and forth between winger Joel Farabee and defenseman Ty Lewis because they’re essentially the same player in different positions. They’re both small, speedy puck movers with elite stick skills who think the game fast — right up the Colorado Avalanche’s alley, in other words. The deciding factor for me was that the Avs need more help on offensive depth than defensive depth.

85. . Defense. Spokane. Ty Smith. 17. player

The New Jersey Devils stole our first-overall pick and our defenseman (Will Butcher, though we got Alexander Kerfoot, and that’s better). I hope the Avs steal whatever player they wanted — ie. Farabee. But Smith is a good consolation prize.

By this point in the draft, teams might start picking more heavily based on need since the talent/skill level starts leveling out. Martin Kaut is a skilled but responsible playmaker with elite scoring abilities. The Jackets are stacked on defense — they’d like to get some offense generated.

K'Andre Miller. 19. player. 68. . Defense. USNTDP

The Flyers may have already chosen their big-boy forward. Now they might like a big-boy defenseman. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Miller is the Dustin Byfuglien of the 2018 NHL Draft — big, mean, has played both forward and defense. He’s right up the Flyers’ alley.

Dominik Bokk. 20. player. 67. . Right Wing. Växjö Lakers HC J20

Right wing Dominik Bokk is another sleeper — he’s quietly crept up the draft rankings. He’s from Germany but has transferred over to the Swedish league. There, he has shown himself to be a highly talented winger with quick hands. He’s big enough to be a King — 6-foot-1 — but could add that electricity to their style.