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NHL Mock Draft 2019: SB Nation projects the first round

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Four trades are made, including two by the Avalanche.

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With less than a week until the actual NHL draft in Vancouver, SB Nation conducted its annual mock draft with writers selecting their respective team’s first-round pick. Trades are allowed to be made.

  1. Devils — Jack Hughes, C, USNTDP-USHL (All About The Jersey)
  2. Rangers — Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS-Liiga (Blueshirt Banter)
  3. Blackhawks — Alex Turcotte, C, USNTDP-USHL (Second City Hockey)
  4. Avalanche — Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon-WHL (Mile High Hockey) via Ottawa
  5. Kings — Dylan Cozens, C/RW, Lethbridge-WHL (Jewels From The Crown)
  6. Red Wings — Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver-WHL (Winging It In Motown)
  7. Sabres — Cole Caufield, RW, USNTDP-USHL (Die By The Blade)
  8. Oilers — Peyton Krebs, C, Winnipeg-WHL (Copper N Blue)
  9. Ducks — Trevor Zegras, C/LW, USNTDP-USHL (Anaheim Calling)
  10. Canucks — Matthew Boldy, LW, USNTDP-USHL (Nucks Misconduct)
  11. Flyers — Alex Newhook, C, Victoria-BCHL (Broad Street Hockey)
  12. Wild — Vasili Podkolzin, RW, SKA-VHL (Hockey Wilderness)
  13. Panthers — Philip Broberg, D, AIK-Allsvenskan (Litter Box Cats)
  14. Coyotes — Victor Soderstrom, D, Byrnas-SHL (Five For Howling)
  15. Canadiens — Thomas Harley, D, Mississauga-OHL (Habs Eyes On The Prize)
  16. Rangers — Arthur Kaliyev, RW, Hamilton-OHL (Blueshirt Banter) via trade with COL (Trade Details - To COL: 20th overall and To NYR: 16th overall)
  17. Golden Knights — Raphael Lavoie, C, Halifax-QMJHL (Knights On Ice)
  18. Stars — Moritz Seider, D, Mannheim-DEL (Defending Big D)
  19. Senators — Bobby Brink, LW, Sioux City-USHL (Silver Seven Sens)
  20. Avalanche — Cam York, D, USNTDP-USHL (Mile High Hockey) via draft trade with NYR via WPG
  21. Penguins — Nils Hoglander, LW, Rogle-SHL (Pensburgh)
  22. Kings — Matthew Robertston, D, Edmonton-WHL (Jewels From The Crown)
  23. Islanders — Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie-OHL (Lighthouse Hockey)
  24. Predators — Philip Tomasino, RW, Niagara-OHL (On The Forecheck)
  25. Capitals — Patrik Puistola, LW, Tappara-Liiga (Japers’ Rink)
  26. Flyers — Ville Heinola, D, Luukko-Liiga via draft trade with CGY (Broad Street Hockey) (Trade Details - To PHI: 26th overall and To CGY: 41st overall + 72nd overall)
  27. Lightning — Jakob Pelletier, C, Moncton-QMJHL (Raw Charge)
  28. Hurricanes — Samuel Poulin, LW, Sherbrooke-QMJHL (Canes Country)
  29. Ducks — Nathan Legare, C, Baie-Comeau — QMJHL (Anaheim Calling) from SJ via BUF
  30. Avalanche — Spencer Knight, G, USNTDP-USHL (Mile High Hockey) via draft trade with Bruins (Trade Details - To COL: 30th overall and To BOS: 47th overall + 49th overall)
  31. Wild — Brett Leason, RW, WHL-Prince Albert (Hockey Wilderness) via draft trade with Sabres via Blues (Trade Details - To BUF: RW Jason Zucker and TO MINN: 31st overall + RW Alex Nylander)