The second annual Hockey Buzz Mock Draft continues. Jack Hughes went first to New Jersey, Kappo Kakko was selected by the Rangers and Bowen Byram landed with Chicago. Following a trade with Colorado, Buffalo selected Alex Turcotte while Los Angeles tabbed Cole Caufield and Detroit’s went with Vasili Podkolzin. Colorado is up.
Overall Rules and Process
After the pick or trade is made, a poll will be posted to rate the selection or deal. If the majority of people like the pick or trade, that selection stands and it moves on to the next team’s picks. If not, the majority rules and that’s what happens with that team and pick. I have the last right of refusal to keep everything on the up and up and avoid ballot box stuffing. My request to you is that you take this serious and not make a mockery of the mock draft, because that would be an insult to the others who are participating and makes the whole process a sham. But by playing this out, we get to have healthy debate and conversation to remain engaged up and possibly beyond the draft. If teams make deals and they occur before a team’s selection is due, that deal will play a part as to when each person’s selection occurs.
With the 7th Overall Pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche, represented by optimus-reim, trade that pick to New York Rangers. The overall trade is Lias Andersson, Jimmy Vesey and Neal Pionk for 7, 31 and 63. New York uses the 7th pick to select Trevor Zegras
Rationale for the trade from Colorado's side:
Here how this is working: each evening (for now, one pick per day, but we will go to two when we get to second half of the mock draft and possibly even before that, so that we complete on time) the team’s selector emails me their pick and rationale for that selection to [email protected] If making a trade, the same applies, and all the selectors have been listed below along with their screen name if from this site or their twitter handle if external to help facilitate making trades. I am posting that pick and rationale on the site and create a voting poll. For now, we are using just a yes or no vote for the poll, but if people want me to list other options for the selection at that pick number in cases of a no vote, I am happy to do so, to help make it more robust.
Trading away 7 became plausible with all the centers falling on draft day. Andersson, Vesey and Pionk offer immediate depth at the NHL level.
Bringing in a large package for the 7OA allows Colorado to fully maximize the value of Ottawas 1st. Nylander, Andersson, Vesey, Pionk, Bowers, Girard and Kamenev for Duchene.
Good haul in the grand scheme.
At 10 Colorado can still pick up one of the available centers (Dach, Cozens or Zegras) or go off the board with Krebs or Knight.
Rationale for the trade from New York's side:
Vesey will be a UFA after the season, and while he is a solid third liner, and at times borderline second liner, he was unlikely to be re-signed after the season. In addition, with the depth at wing following the drafting of Kappo Kakko and potential of Vitali Kravtsov etc., moving Vesey now as part of a deal for a high pick makes sense.
Andersson is likely a third line center. The hope exists he will be more, but with Brett Howden in the system and able to fill that role coupled with the presence of other centers in the organization, Andersson is somewhat expendable. The return of a high pick and the player selected with that pick makes moving him even easier.
Pionk is an offensive d-man who struggles in his own zone. New York has added a raft of blueliners in the past year-plus, including Ryan Lindgren, K'Andre Miller, Nils Lundqkist and Adam Fox, moving Pionk down the pecking order. Pionk landed in the press box at times last season and may not be a David Quinn-type player.
Rationale for the selection:
I debated Cozens and Zegras. My selection of Zegras was predicated on his play-making ability and view that he will be a perfect #2c behind Mika Zibanejad down the road. The knock on Zegras is that he needs to be a bit tougher, which I think will come as he matures. But his skating and stickhandling ability coupled with the potential to be a true goal scorer in the future makes Zegras the pick.
Edmonton, represented by Reveen, is on the clock
2019 NHL DRAFT FIRST-ROUND ORDER and GMs to Date
1. New Jersey Devils - redmonsters, Kevin Barrett - Jack Hughes
2. New York Rangers - Jan Levine, Kappo Kakko
3. Chicago Blackhawks - kevin6, Kevin Braeunle, Bowen Byram
4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators) - optimus-reim, Luke Herrington, traded pick to Buffalo, who selected Alex Turcotte
5. Los Angeles Kings - slimtj, TJ Reilly, Cole Caufield
6. Detroit Red Wings - Feds91Stammer, Vasili Podkolzin
7. Buffalo Sabres - lonsabres, Paul Schott, traded to Colorado, optimus-reim to pick, traded to New York, who selects Trevor Zegras
8. Edmonton Oilers - Reveen, Curtis Lavoie
9. Anaheim Ducks - climbdenali12, Ryan Armstrong
10. Vancouver Canucks - Carol Schram, Canucks blogger on the site
11. Philadelphia Flyers - Flyerfan328, Philip Brunner and Streit2ThePoint, Ryan Snyder
12. Minnesota Wild - MaximumBone, Silas Bengtsson (or Colorado or Edmonton)
13. Florida Panthers - jimbo, Jimmy Reilly
14. Arizona Coyotes - jediman, Brendan Smith
15. Montreal Canadiens - Karine Hains, Canadiens blogger on the website
16. Colorado Avalanche - optimus-reim, Luke Herrington
17. Vegas Golden Knights - Jeff Paul, Vegas blogger for Hockey Buzz
18. Dallas Stars - Panarin27, Mark Choate
19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets) - Trevor Shackles, Ottawa blogger on the site
20. New York Rangers (from Winnipeg Jets) - Jan Levine
21. Pittsburgh Penguins - Datools55, Julien Michel
22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs) - slimtj, TJ Reilly
23. New York Islanders - eichiefs9
24. Nashville Predators - Russ Cohen, sportsology
25. Washington Capitals - nyrangers9479
26. Calgary Flames - beandip, Andrew Horenbein
27. Tampa Bay Lightning - Panarin27, Mark Choate
28. Carolina Hurricanes - Bingo, Chris Cote
29. Buffalo Sabres [or Anaheim Ducks] (from San Jose Sharks) - lonsabres, Paul Schott
St. Louis’ pick is owner by Buffalo, pick to be made by lonsabres, Paul Schott
Boston to be covered by Anthony Travalgia, HB Bruins blogger
30. Stanley Cup Final losing team
31. Stanley Cup winner