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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7th round: Luke Ellinas, LW, Kitchener ON and Jack Bodin, D, Sweden

We round out this Colorado Avalanche 2024 NHL mock draft with Luke Ellinas from Kitchener, Ontario, and Jack Bodin from Sweden.

Ellinas is a left-handed shooter who played in 112 games over the course of the last three years. Although he only played in one game in his first year with the North York Rangers, he scored a goal in that single game. He followed up with 44 games played and 11 goals with 12 assists the following year.

In his final year there, he played in 67 games, scoring 16 goals and 17 assists. He added five goals and three assists in 10 games during the playoffs in 2023-24. Per, Ellinas is a strong forechecker.

As for Bodin, if you’re a team interested in a hitter, this is your late-round player you could target. He doesn’t have stellar numbers (six goals and six assists in 46 games last year), but that’s not always what you look for in defensemen, especially in the later rounds. Bodin can be a big body who can get after the puck and lay down some hits.

The Colorado Avalanche will need some help in that department with Jack Johnson nearing retirement and Cale Makar not being that physical presence (which is more than okay).