Colorado Avalanche: 2019 NHL Mock Draft First Round

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: (l-r) Joe Sakic and Alan Hepple of the Colorado Avalanche attend the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: (l-r) Joe Sakic and Alan Hepple of the Colorado Avalanche attend the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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ST. PAUL, MN – SEPTEMBER 19: Team Leopold forward Cole Caufield (14) celebrates his 3rd period goal during the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game between Team Leopold and Team Langenbrunner on September 19, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Team Leopold defeated Team Langenbrunner 6-4.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Picks 6 – 10

Here is where we start to see the draft rankings unravel. Many sports writers still stayed relatively withing Central Scouting’s rankings. However, you could tell they were starting to second-guess GMs because a lot of “best player available” starts becoming subjective at this point.

player. 72. “Podkolzin also has a strong hockey IQ that makes him a sound player. He is able to make time and space for himself and his teammates and is able to control the pace of the game. With great speed and scoring prowess, the 18-year-old is confident with the puck and isn’t afraid to take risks or make quick decisions on the fly.” ~Sammi Silber of NBC Sports. Right wing. red wings. Vasiliy Podkolzin. 6

Yeah, I’m old-school so I still associate Detroit with a lot of Russian forwards. And former Wings great Steve Yzerman has taken over the helm, so maybe he’s in that camp, too.

12. “Zegras marries stellar hockey sense, which allows him to anticipate the flow of the game and create plays, with high-end acceleration and puck skills. He’s also effective in his own zone, using that hockey sense to limit opponents’ opportunities.” ~Hannan Stuart of The Score. Center. sabres. Trevor Zegras. 7. player

Trevor Zegras seemed like a true example of best player available at the #7 position.

oilers. Cole Caufield. 8. player. 148.  “Caufield is arguably the best goal-scorer in this draft class. A final tally of 72 goals in 64 games (1.12 per game) is difficult to debate, especially when you sit down and watch him score those goals – he’s not just padding his stats by picking up passes from linemates (including projected No. 1 pick Hughes).” ~Hannah Stuart of The Score. Right wing

Leave it to the Oilers to continue picking the same kind of undersized offensive player regardless of what they need. That said, Caulfield did rise through the ranks based on some strong play late in the season.

105.  “A long, powerful stride drives his elite speed. He’s a complete player with skill to burn in a sizable frame. Cozens owns an accurate and heavy release and uses that threat to look-off defenders and slide crisp passes into his mate’s wheelhouses.” ~ Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospect. Center/Right wing. ducks. Dylan Cozens. 9. player

Pucks of a Feather: “Ducks GM has said he’s basically going to take the best players available in the first 3 rounds and then fill needs after that. But, a center would be ideal. One that could potentially fill the role as a first or second line C, depending on the development of Sam Steel.”

They wanted a center, so I gave them the best center still available. Cozens is one of those players who could have been top-five, but it’s not unreasonable to think he’d drop to #9. Plus, he’s big, and the Ducks like ’em big.

Victor Soderstrom. 10. player. 104. ” From his stats and ability, it’s hard to believe Soderstrom is just 18, as he plays well beyond his years. He’s a speedy, confident blueliner who takes great care of the puck and puts defense first, while also serving as an outstanding puck-mover. With great passing and hands, he’s able to move the puck up and start the rush without making mistakes. He also has a great shot and can kill off penalties.” ~Sammi Silber of NBC Sports. Defenseman. canucks

Poor Vancouver Canucks — they lost their Swedish twins. I couldn’t give them a set of twins back, but they can enjoy a single Swede, this a pretty talented defenseman. The team needs to rebuild everywhere, so they could use this help.