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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MISSISSAUGA, ON – JANUARY 18: Thomas Harley #48 of the Mississauga Steelheads turns up ice against the Flint Firebirds during OHL game action on January 18, 2019 at Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

Picks 16-20

By this point, teams are starting to draft for need withing the best player available model.

Thomas Harley. 16. player. 103. “He has very good speed in both directions. His first few steps and acceleration are outstanding. He handles the puck well, especially while moving at top speed. He has good vision and sees plays developing in the offensive zone. Harley will need some time to iron out the defensive wrinkles and continue to get stronger. He has the potential to develop into a strong offensive defenceman, quarterbacking a power play and playing big minutes for his NHL team if he can hit his ceiling.” ~Ben Kerr of Last Word on Hockey. Defenseman. avalanche

If the Colorado Avalanche miss out on Byram, like I think they will, I’d like to see them pick a defenseman at #16. Thomas Harley is the best available at this point, and he’s got some good upside. I think he could be just the kind of defenseman the Avs could groom to take a top-four role in four years or so.

Vegas Hockey Knight: “There seems to be plenty of puck-moving defensemen around where the Knights are picking, but feel the franchise needs a legitimate goalie to be the heir to the throne to Fleury.”

I chuckled a little when I saw I’d be giving the Vegas Golden Knights a player named Knight. However, that was just a happy accident — they want a goalie, and Spencer Knight is the best in this draft class.

18. player. 119. “The supremely skilled forward is elusive and shifty with the puck. Takes creative lines to dangerous areas of the ice. The type of player that sees plays develop before those around him and uses that to exploit the opposition.” ~ Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects. Center/Left wing. stars. Peyton Krebs

Krebs was a definite BPA by this point in the draft. Plus, his skills seem to fit with the Stars’ M.O.

19. player. 91. “A talented and effective offensive defenseman who boasts quick acceleration and expert edgework. Makes smart decisions with the puck and already looks confident in the top men’s league.” ~Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects. Defenseman. senators. Ville Heinola

SenShot: “The Ottawa Senators will have an interesting decision to make on draft day. They are clearly looking at rebuilding from the blueline, but if a top goalscoring forward is available, it might be too hard to pass over.”

I looked at Heinola long and hard for the Colorado Avalanche, but he had a couple deficiencies I felt wouldn’t work for the team. However, he could be Erik Karlsson Lite for the Senators.

player. 95. “He’s another prospect with NHL size, already standing 6-foot-4, and he’s quite agile and fast considering. One of the highlights of his game is his quick release, but he’s also got the vision to be an effective playmaker.” ~Hannah Stuart of NBC Sports. Center/Right wing. rangers. Raphael Lavoie. 20

Raphael Lavoie was one of the players whom some of the draft boards had moving up. So, since this is the Rangers’ second pick of the first round, I thought they might take a chance on him.