Colorado Avalanche: Perfect 7-Round Draft Scenario

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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KENT, WASHINGTON – MARCH 30: Bowen Byram #44 of the Vancouver Giants celebrates after scoring against the Seattle Thunderbirds during the first period at the accesso ShoWare Center on March 30, 2019 in Kent, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

103. . Defenseman. avalanche. Bowen Byram. 4. player

Bowen Byram is the top-rated defenseman in the 2019 NHL Draft. He’s scouted to go third or fourth and to drop no lower than sixth.

Byram hits all three of Colorado’s requirements. He’s known for being an excellent skater with good balance and explosiveness. He’s also known for being an adept puck handler, with creativity and defensive astuteness.

The Avs, like all teams, will choose “best player available” when it’s their turn on the podium. However, there is some subjectivity within that designation. I’d prefer Byram over a similarly “BPA,” Alex Turcotte or Kirby Dach, because I’d like to see Colorado continue to get more gifted at the blueline.

Why can’t the defensive corps be our crown jewel along with the top line?

Also, please note — Byram is 6-foot, 194 pounds, so not exactly a behemoth. But he’s the best choice for Colorado’s #4.