Colorado Avalanche: Analysis of the 3 Picks in Rounds 5 to 7

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 21: A general view of the draft floor prior to the Colorado Avalanche pick during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 21: A general view of the draft floor prior to the Colorado Avalanche pick during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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EVERETT, WA – MARCH 23: Tri-City Americans forward Sasha Mutala (34) skates through the neutral zone during the second period of Game 2 of the divisional playoff series between the Everett Silvertips and the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, WA. (Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Sasha Mutala, #140

2018-19 Team: Tri-City Americans ( WHL )
Date of Birth: May 6, 2001 (18 years old)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 196 lbs.
Position: Right wing
Shoots: Right

Ranked #69 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #140 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #79 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #88 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM

The Colorado Avalanche picked up another winger with their sixth selection of the 2019 NHL Draft. Right wing Sasha Mutala was ranked a bit higher — in the third and fourth rounds — by most scouts.

The Vancouver native started the 2016-17 season playing BCMML hockey before transitioning to the WHL with the Tri-City Americans. In 2017-18 he recorded 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 68 games. Last year he played 65 games and recorded 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists).

That’s a nice jump there. And, interestingly, here’s another good-sized player.

Here’s what Cam Robinson of Dobber Prospects said of Mutala:

"“The Vancouver-native brings a hard-working approach to the rink each night. Has quick acceleration and excellent top-end speed. This helps him cause havoc on the forecheck and create turnovers. Has a heavy and quick release.”"

Bill Placzek of Draft Site says the following:

"“Physical player who dominated the U-17 who can cut and stop / start on a dime. Not the most skilled or big forward but simply is the best one by way of his sixty minute relentless effort. Strong enough to deliver one hand passes. Will fire while on the move, and has good hand-eye and redirects many pucks. Strong poke-checker and can bring the puck out of his end. He creates disruptions with his heavy forecheck. Excels in the high traffic areas whether he has the puck or not. High hockey IQ and a nose for the net, he needs to improve his defensive zone recognition. “"

I see what Colorado likes in this player. He’s got the speed. He’s got strength, and he a very hard worker.

Here are some nice highlights from Mutala’s last season: