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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VICTORIA , BC – DECEMBER 26: Philip Broberg #25 of Sweden versus Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championships at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on December 26, 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images) /

Picks 11-15

By this point, a lot of the talent is subjective. So, I tried to stay within need for each team within that realm of talent.

68. “One of the more powerful skating strides in this class. At his size, his ability to wheel out of the zone is unique. Lacks the puck-handling skills necessary to be proficient offensively at it at this stage though.” ~Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects. Defenseman. flyers. Philip Broberg. 11. player

Broad Street Buzz: “Fletcher stated that he wants to add defense, whether it’s in the first, second, and/or third rounds to their farm system with their top prospects now playing in the NHL/AHL and will look for players with good hockey sense and work ethic. I think they should try to draft guys with speed, as well, and it wouldn’t hurt it take at least one power-forward type, either.”

You wanted a defenseman, so I gave you one of the new-age puck-moving defensemen. He’s also big, which the Flyers tend to like.

wild. Arthur Kaliyev. 12. player. 98. “Kaliyev is one of the top forwards available in this draft, having finished as Hamilton’s top scorer. He combines pure goal-scoring ability with his passing and vision to make himself extremely dangerous on offense. He also has a wicked shot and takes tremendous care of the puck, while also using his speed to his advantage.” Sammi Silber of NBC Sports. Right wing

The (hated) Minnesota Wild can take what they can get and go take a flying leap. Arthur Kaliyev is too good for them.

player. 97. “He is well-balance flyer who can circumnavigate through tight spaces at high speeds and his high level puck skills including super soft hands that let him keep opposing defenders guessing on how they should react. Has nice size, displays a strong wrister, and plays a style that fits so well with the new attacking schemes. Really high end hockey sense, and full throttle involved player whose on-ice presence seems to tip the scales in his team’s favor when he is out on the sheet, no matter if it is in open ice, or in tight stick cluttered scenery.” Bill Placzek of Draft Site. Right wing. panthers. Matthew Boldy. 13

Matthew Boldy is a good player — maybe even best player available at this selection. I think Florida can use some help up front, especially if they don’t land the Bread Man, Artemi Panarin.

“A product of the BCHL, Newhook is the league’s leading scorer and is set to attend Boston College next year. He’s a fast, elite forward who has soft hands and great speed, which helps him move the puck well up ice and generate high-quality scoring chances. His vision allows for him to make quick, smart decisions that makes him a constant threat and once he gets going, it’s hard to shut him down.” Sammi Silber of NBC Sports. Center. coyotes. Alex Newhook. 14. player. 121

As with the Panthers, I didn’t see the Coyotes needing defensive help within the first round. I think they could use some of Newhook’s skill, even if they have to wait a couple years.

Defenseman. canadiens. Cam York. 15. player. 152. “A mobile and calm defender with tremendous skating ability. Effective on the power play and owns the mobility needed to clean up any mistakes he makes.” ~Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects

A Winning Habit: “Two things the Montreal Canadiens need to add are scoring and help on defence. Which route they go down will depend on who is available once number 15 comes along. With some of the names projected to fall from 8-12 it would make sense for the Habs to try to trade up but that’s not Bergevin’s style.”

Well, you wanted some offense and a good defenseman, so enjoy Cam York, who offers some of both.