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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EVERETT, WA – JANUARY 18: Kelowna Rockets defenseman Lassi Thomson (2) carries the puck on the breakout in the first period during a game between the Kelowna Rockets and the Everett Silvertips on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, WA. (Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Picks 21-25

There is still good talent available at this section. However, you start to see players moving up and down the draft board depending on teams’ specific needs.

penguins. Ryan Suzuki. 21. player. 92. “A top player in the OHL, Suzuki is a talented and versatile forward. He has great hands and can make highlight-reel plays, starting with tremendous passes and an underrated shot. Suzuki’s a reliable forward that takes good care of the puck and has great stickhandling ability, and he can find those high-danger areas and generate scoring chances.” ~Sammi Silber of NBC Sports. Center

Suzuki is another player who seemed to jump up a few positions in mock drafts. I don’t know that the Penguins need a center, but they wouldn’t have to worry about that for at least two or three years.

67. Seider is a great skater with good vision and strong shots. He sometimes gets out of position in his own end while looking for a hit, but that part of his game can be coached and developed.” ~Hannah Stuart of The Score. Defenseman. kings. Moritz Seider. 22. player

I should think the LA Kings are going to start looking at propping up their aging defensive corps.

 “A highly intelligent, two-way centre with good puck skills and a penchant for scoring big goals. Quick stride, good puck-skills and a heavy release. Underrated playmaker. “~Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects. Center. islanders. Phillip Tomasino. 23. player. 106

Eyes on Isles: “Best player available is all the Islanders are going to want — the best player available. A center would be nice though.”

You want a center? I’ll give you a center. Tomasino seems like he’d be a good fit for the Islanders down the road.

Nicholas Robertson. 24. player. 151. “A great skater who blends quick acceleration with quick edges. Owns high-end puck skills, vision, and a developing release. One of the youngest players in the crop.” ~Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects. Left wing. predators

Predlines: “I would think the preds would go with a forward, but i’d also say best player available.”

Nicholas Robertson is a little on the small side, but the Predators don’t seem to shy away from that. Especially since he has the skill set to complement the team.

player. 19. ” Has displayed fearless in the defensive end, willing to block shots, or step up in the opposition as they try and gain ice. Very aware of his positioning in his end or when he adjust into open ice going the other way. Always moving his feet and has a good short area burst to get to loose biscuits, and his stickhandling allows him room in traffic. Displays an excellent stick to break up passes, and although his creativity is just emerging, he is very good at laying precision passes on his moving in down deep in the attack zone.” ~Bill Placzek of Draft Site. Defenseman. capitals. Lassi Thomson. 25

Best player available at this position was a big power forward, Egor Afanasayev. The Capitals have some big power forwards already. They also have an aging defensive corpes, so I think they’d look to improve there.