Colorado Avalanche Mock Draft 1.0: Planning for an uncertain future

Who could the Colorado Avalanche draft in the 2024 NHL Draft? Here is a mock draft, with goal scorers and big defensemen.
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4th Round: Tarin Smith, D, Everett Silvertips WHL

Special teams is where Tarin Smith excels according to scouting reports. The Colorado Avalanche certainly could use that, especially on the penalty kill, where they ranked near the middle of the league.

Smith is listed at 6-foot-1, 176 pounds and is a left handed defenseman. The Colorado Avalanche can definitely use a left-handed defenseman as Jack Johnson is nearing the end of his career. Perhaps Smith could develop into a role that replaces Johnson in the future.

Smith is a two-way defenseman who can make some offensive plays but is more of an assist guy. He played in 78 games with the Everett Silvertips, and while he only put up nine goals, he assisted on 36 goals, all coming last year. He played in 67 games last season alone.

The Colorado Avalanche certainly need help in the defensive area to take a lot of heat off of goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (or whoever may be in goal by the time Smith could play for the Avalanche).