2019 NHL Mock Draft
By Tyler Hickey
New Jersey- Jack Hughes, C
It may take a few more years but Hughes will be the best player in the draft and centers are always coveted. The 1-2 punch of Hughes and Hischier at center will be the future in NJ.
New York- Kaapo Kakko, RW
The easiest pick in the draft and the most NHL ready player, the Rangers get a stud. The Kakko vs Hughes debate will be amplified by the rivalry of the two teams.
Chicago- Alex Turcotte, C
The Hawks will need a center to replace Toews in a few years and Turcotte is a perfect choice.
Colorado- Kirby Dach, C
At 6’4” Dach could be the second line center the Avs have been looking for.
Los Angeles- Dylan Cozens, C
Another big boy center who fits the LA model.
Detroit - Bowen Byram, D
With some luck, the number one ranked defenseman will have fallen into the Red Wings lap. They need to focus on building the back end with their high end forwards already in the system.
Buffalo- Cole Caufield, RW
This pick is a little bias but the Sabres have been one of the worst scoring teams the past few years and need the best goal scorer in the draft.
Edmonton- Matthew Boldy, LW
Oilers reach a little here with Boldy, but he fits their need as a winger and has the size and skill to help.
Anaheim- Trevor Zegras, C
Buried on the amazing USNTDP team, Zegras has the skills to help the Ducks in a few years at the center position.
Vancouver- Philip Broberg, D
Their young forwards look good but need some help for Quinn Hughes on the back-end for the future.
Philadelphia- Moritz Seider, D
After picking forwards the past couple years the Flyers need the next wave of defenseman to follow their young d-core.
Minnesota- Payton Krebs, C
Krebs stock fell because of an Achilles injury but the Wild happily pick up this top 10 talent.
Florida- Vasily Podkolzin, RW
Another top 10 talent that dropped but Florida will take the risk on the Russian winger. They will have to wait at least two years before his KHL contract runs out but Russians love Florida.
Arizona- Alex Newhook, C
The goal-starved Yotes will love his skill and hockey IQ.
Montreal- Cam York, D
With their aging defensemen, the Habs need some high-end offensive defensemen in the system.
Colorado- Spencer Knight, G
With two picks in the first round, the Avs can take a risk on their goalie of the future.
Vegas- Victor Soderstrom, D
Vegas needs to stock the cupboard after dealing a lot of picks and prospects the past few years.
Dallas- Arthur Kaliyev, LW
The big sniper will fit in nicely behind Benn on the left wing.
Ottawa (from CBJ)- Thomas Harley, D
Thomas Cabot had a breakout season for the Sens last season, so might as well get the guy who is compared to him.
Winnipeg (from NYR)- Raphael Lavoie, LW, RW
The Jets will probably be losing at least one winger this offseason and Lavoie will help fill that void.
Pittsburgh- Ryan Suzuki, C
The Penguins haven't had a lot of first-round picks recently but the all-around Suzuki could make up for that.
Los Angeles (from TOR)- Ville Heinola, D
This smart defenseman would look nice next to Doughty.
NY Islanders- Philip Tomasino, C
The speedy center would fit perfectly behind Barzal.
Nashville- Samuel Poulin, LW
Power forward who is built for the western conference.
Washington- Bobby Brink, RW
The smaller winger can make plays.
Calgary- Connor McMichael, C
Scouts like his versatility.
Tampa Bay- Matthew Robertson, D
Tampa Bay will need some cheap young defensemen on their team soon with their cap constraints.
Carolina- Jakob Pelletier, LW
Not flashy but gets the job done. Rod the Bod will like that.
Anaheim (from SJS-BUF)- Tobias Bjornfot, D
The Ducks have an eye for drafting defensemen, don't be surprised if Bjornfot becomes a stud.
Boston- Lassi Thomson, D
Everyone needs more puck moving defensemen.
Buffalo (from STL)- Alex Vlasic, D
Listed at 6’5” and a defensive-defenseman, Vlasic might be the perfect partner for Dahlin in the future.