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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CALGARY, AB – OCTOBER 14: Jackson Van De Leest #5 of the Regina Pats in action against the Calgary Hitmen during a WHL game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 14, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) /

103. . Defenseman. avalanche. Jackson van de Leest. 202. player

For the Colorado Avalanche’s last selection of the 2019 NHL Draft, I decided to indulge my wish for a big, fat defenseman. Ok, the 18-year-old Jackson van de Leest is unlikely to be any kind of fat, but he’s big at 6-foot-6, 223 pounds. That’s a whole lot of defenseman.

He’s not just a big bruiser either. He’s been playing with the WHL Calgary Hitmen for the last two seasons. Last year he recorded 21 points in 67 games — not bad for a defenseman who’s ranked #138 by Central Scouting and whom Future Considerations ranks at #207.

Ok, he’s also kind of a big bruiser:

And:

Well, this is a seventh-round selection. Colorado only has one of their recent seventh-rounders signed — Travis Barron from 2016.

And anyway, I’d like to see the Avalanche at least attempt to add some size and grit in a player who’s doing pretty ok in the WHL. You never know when a late rounder might pan out — Dustin Byfuglien and Joe Pavelski were both seventh rounders, and they worked out just fine.

dark. Next. Mock Draft of Round 1

The 2019 NHL Draft takes place in Vancouver on June 21 and 22. The listed start time is  pm MT for the first round on Friday.