Avalanche land fourth overall pick, Jersey likely for Hughes

Avalanche land fourth overall pick, Jersey likely for Hughes 1

The Colorado Avalanche have been slotted for the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Level Draft, thanks to Ottawa. The Avs had the overall highest chance of winning the coveted number one spot at 18.5% but New Jersey was able to snag the top seed.

In case the thought ever left your memory, Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic is a genius. In 2017, Sakic dreamt up the biggest trade the franchise has seen so far – getting rid of star player Matt Duchene, who requested a trade in order to make the playoffs. It was hard to blame Duchene who came out of the horrific 2016-2017 season 18-23-41; his lowest stat season in his career. The three-way deal concocted by Sakic resulted in Duchene to the Ottawa Senators, Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators and the Avs received Samuel Girard and Vladislav Kamenev as well as a second round 2018 pick from the Preds (later traded to Pittsburgh), Shane Bowers, Andrew Hammond, and the 2019 first and third round picks from the Sens. While Duchene packed his bags, eyes turned to that shining but conditional 2019 first round pick.

Fast forward to 2019 – precisely, April 9th, 2019. Duchene is playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa finished last in the league with 64 total points and the Colorado Avalanche have clinched the second wild card in the Western Conference for the second consecutive year.

Avalanche land fourth overall pick, Jersey likely for Hughes 2

The NHL Draft Lottery is an extremely interesting albeit frustrating process. Avalanche fans have been watching senspicktracker.com like crazy – knowing they’d have a top four pick as soon as the Senator’s season started to slide. The 2019 draft will be picked in the following order:

  1. New Jersey Devils
  2. New York Rangers
  3. Chicago Blackhawks
  4. Colorado Avalanche (OTT)
  5. Los Angeles Kings
  6. Detroit Red Wings
  7. Buffalo Sabres
  8. Edmonton Oilers
  9. Anaheim Ducks
  10. Vancouver Canucks
  11. Philadelphia Flyers
  12. Minnesota Wild
  13. Florida Panthers
  14. Arizona Coyotes
  15. Montreal Canadiens

Colorado had an 18.5% chance to pick first, 16.5% chance to pick second, 14.4% chance to pick third overall and 50.6% to pick fourth. Ultimately, the highest percentage won for the Avs. Chicago, New York and New Jersey landed top three picks as Chicago jumped from #12.

Looking ahead to the draft, which will be held in Vancouver in June, Jack Hughes has been slotted to be drafted first overall. He was present at the draft lottery and looked somber when it was announced that New Jersey would grab that first pick. Kaapo Kakko is likely to go second in the draft, with other potential prospects like Dylan Cozens and Vasili Podkolzin following close behind. The 2019 draft should be extremely fun to watch – these young kids have incredible talent and will be successful in their respective teams; drafted first overall or not.

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