Steve Kournianos Contributor @TheDraftAnalyst Updated at 5:29 p.m. ET Updated at 5:29 p.m. ET Watch NHLNHL with fuboTV For the second time in three years, the Devils won the NHL’s golden ticket at the 2019 NHL Draft lottery drawing, edging out the rival Rangers and Blackhawks, who finished second and third, respectively. By doing so, the Devils have the rights to choose between two of the world’s premier draft prospects — center Jack Hughes or Finnish sniper Kaapo Kakko. Although the NHL swears its lottery system is designed to limit the tendency of a losing team looking to lose more, simply for the sake of gaining a higher pick, all three of Tuesday’s winners leapfrogged teams that finished lower in the standings. NHL DRAFT BOARD: Ranking the 31 prospects in 2019 class The Blackhawks, who owned the 12th-best odds to land in the top three, became the … [Read more...] about NHL mock draft 2019: Devils hit jackpot with Jack Hughes; lottery prizes aplenty after No. 1
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The NHL has invited the top 109 draft-eligible players to the 2019 Scouting Combine which will again be held in Buffalo. Fitness testing will start on June 1, where players from all over the world will compete to show their athletic ability and bump up their draft stock at least a few positions. The league will also be releasing their final draft rankings on Monday, April 15.While the Scouting Combine can’t make a player a star, it can certainly shine a light on some physical attributes that may have been overlooked throughout his minor and junior hockey career. Last year saw Liam Foudy explode onto the scene with outstanding performances in nearly every event, which likely helped the Columbus Blue Jackets feel confident selecting him 18th overall in the following draft. Foudy has taken another step in his development with the London Knights, scoring 36 goals and 68 points in 62 games while helping the team to the brink of the OHL Conference Final.For players like Jack Hughes and … [Read more...] about 109 players invited to 2019 NHL Scouting Combine
Could Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko end up on the Detroit Red Wings? And if so, does either player have the potential to shift the momentum of the franchise? Let’s explore what a March 5 NHL Mock Draft would look like. As we enter into the home stretch of the 2018-19 NHL campaign, the line between pretender and contender grows increasingly apparent. With playoff matchups all but determined in the Atlantic, the attention of many has shifted toward hockey’s other three divisions. And while several playoff positions in the Western Conference shall likely remain up for grabs until the bitter end of the current season, it’s fair to conclude that numerous teams are already looking ahead to the next stages of their respective rebuilding processes. As it stands, the Colorado Avalanche are in a prime spot to land the most critically acclaimed prospect available in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft — 17-year-old center Jack Hughes. They hold the Ottawa Senators’ first-round … [Read more...] about 2019 NHL Mock Draft: Could Hughes or Kakko save the Red Wings?
Steve Kournianos Contributor @TheDraftAnalyst Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET It’s been less than a week since the NHL’s trade deadline did hockey fans a favor by confirming the buyers from the sellers. And in several ways, the standings we see today are a better indicator of how the pretenders will slot for the NHL draft lottery when the drawing takes place sometime in late April. While cost-cutting teams unloaded contracts for returns of draft picks and prospects, those at the top began to incorporate their purchased weapons into their lineups, hoping the cost in acquiring them will be justified, depending on the team, by playoff success of varying levels. While more than half the teams in the league devote themselves to the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup, the wannabes looking from the outside are relegated to hope of a different kind … [Read more...] about NHL mock draft 2019: Senators, Rangers, Ducks gain stock in post-trade deadline edition
Steve Kournianos Contributor @TheDraftAnalyst Updated at 5:24 p.m. ET Updated at 5:24 p.m. ET Although most general managers and scouting directors have long regarded the later stages of the NHL Draft as a latent source of future players, the overwhelming majority of the league’s best and brightest stars were selected in the first round. And in spite of significant advances in the ability to scout and evaluate prospects from hockey’s traditional locales, most cornerstone figures for every successful franchise throughout recent NHL history were first-round picks. How important is keeping a first-round pick? Well, consider that 20 of the 23 scoring champions since the undrafted Wayne Gretzky won his last Art Ross in 1993-94 were selected in the first round. Of those 20, only one was drafted after sixth overall, and that was Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, whom Dallas selected 11th … [Read more...] about NHL mock draft 2019: Avalanche thank Senators for Jack Hughes at No. 1; Flyers, Kings take wings