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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PLYMOUTH, MI – FEBRUARY 15: Nils Hoglander #19 of the Sweden Nationals follows the play against the Finland Nationals during the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament game at USA Hockey Arena on February 15, 2018 in Plymouth, Michigan. Finland defeated Sweden 5-3. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Nils Hoglander /

Picks 26-31

The teams in this section are already pretty solid. However, I think they’ll obviously be looking at this draft with an eye to the future.

26. player. 112. “He’s got excellent hands, and his offensive production leaped from 14 points in 45 games last season to 62 in 58. More importantly, he has elite skating ability, with good edge work that allows him to be elusive and a smooth, fluid stride.” ~Hannah Stuart of The Score. Left wing. flames. Egor Afanasayev

As noted in the previous slide, Egor Afanasayev is the BPA at this point. It makes sense the Flames would take him on. Besides, someone’s got to make up for Johnny Hockey’s diminutive stature at some point.

23. “Hard working undersized winger with excellent feet, hands and goal scoring ability. Makes offense easy with his high hockey IQ, creativity, quickness and great hands that send precision attempts on the net. Easily finds the opposite side winger with his cross ice feed.” ~Bill Placzek of Draft Site. Left wing. lightning. Bobby Brink. 27. player

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a solid team, so I think they won’t shy away from a guy who’s undersized when he brings offensive gifts to the table.

109. “Hoglander is one of those forwards that plays with a lot of speed and energy, and he’s a prospect that won’t take long to match the demanding pace of today’s NHL. Even though he’s 5-foot-9, Hoglander is a gritty forward who will engage in battles for the puck. He has great stickhandling ability, and his vision and hockey IQ makes it easy for him to come out on top in one-on-one situations. He’s also a player that is capable of coming up with great plays on the fly.” ~Sammi Silber of NBC Sports. Left wing. hurricanes. Nils Hoglander. 28. player

Cardiac Cane: “Best offensive player available.”

Hoglander has the offensive skills to develop into the kind of player Carolina needs. Plus, he has the word hog in his name, and the Hurricanes have a hog as their mascot.

“This kid is a power forward in the making with a strong first step, power moves while in the attack zone, and creating space in the dirty areas because the word on his chippiness got out. Always moving, sidestepping and showing excellent feet in navigating the attack zone and unearthing loose pucks. Protects the puck with his bigger frame and he uses his skating and edging to power into full speed cuts. Has fast feet, fast head and plays fast.” ~Bill Plascek of Draft Site. Left wing. ducks. Samuel Poulin. 29. player. 105

I don’t think the Ducks will be able to help themselves — gritty power forwards with size is the M.O.

70. “Pelletier is a solid all-around player who can play pretty much any forward position and still perform up to the highest standards. He’s an unselfish player and an outstanding playmaker, able to make great passes and decisions on the fly. He’s also very careful and talented with the puck, and his mind works on a different level and allows him to come up with creative, exciting plays.”. Center/Wing. bruins. Jakob Pelletier. 30. player

Jokob Pelletier is another player who jumped up in mock drafts. I feel like the Bruins need to start looking at some of the finer aspects of the game in their draft picks.

12. “Cousin of Sharks’ defenseman Marc-Edouard, Alex Vlasic is a top defensive prospect with a lot of size and upside. Standing at 6-foot-6, he’s able to stack up well with his opponents and use his size to win one-on-one battles. He has great vision and hockey sense, which helps him follow the play and win those battles for the puck. He’s still growing his game, but he’s starting to find his stride and is showing more confidence and poise with and without the puck.” ~Sammi Silber of NBC Sports. Defenseman. sabres. Alex Vlasic. 31. player

The Sabres could use some size and some of Vlasic’s talent. They’re definitely a team trying to rebuild, and Vlasic can help them to that end.

Next. Important 2019 Offseason Dates. dark

The first round of the 2019 NHL Draft takes place on June 21. According to Sporting News, the time is 6 pm MT.