The third pick is where the intrigue kicks in this year.
Once Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are off the board in Vancouver at the NHL draft, the real fun begins when the Blackhawks step to the podium. Their selection will impact the rest of the top 10 and, in a year when a slew of different players could go in that range, don’t try to predict.
Except that’s our job, isn’t it? Everyone loves a mock draft, so here’s a run at the first round of the 2019 class. Numerous teams have traded their first-rounders, so you’ll see multiple picks for franchises such as Colorado, Buffalo and Anaheim.
While the reality will be different, we haven’t made any trades in our mock draft, so the positions are straight-up chalk, with some guesswork at the end because the playoffs were ongoing when this issue c...
About the Author
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.