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2019 NHL Draft: Let's Make a Deal!

by Michael Stewart on Jun. 14, 2019

Introduction: The 2019 NHL draft is just around the corner and many teams have been compiling draft picks in preparation of what could be one of the most active NHL drafts in years. There are seven rounds in the NHL draft and currently Detroit has the most picks with 12 followed by four teams that will have a total of ten picks and they are: New Jersey, Carolina, Los Angeles and Montreal, On the opposite side of the spectrum, there’s only one team with three and that’s Winnipeg; while there are 5 teams that have four picks and they are Columbus, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Jose and St. Louis. The contrast of picks between these teams could develop into a most interesting draft night.  Looking over the teams mentioned above and having a logical approach on which teams could be good trading partners; I’ve narrowed it down to only a few teams that could make a lot of noise on draft night.

  • Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Dallas Stars: The Red Wings own the 6th overall pick in the draft, so expectations of selecting a talented prospect should be high. However; the Red Wings also have three 2nd round picks (35/54/60) and a 3rd rounder (66) if they want to be aggressive and move back into the 1st round. Pittsburgh owns the 21st pick in the 1st round, but doesn’t have a pick until the 4th round (98). This seems like a match between two teams that could work out for both clubs. The Stars own the 18th pick in the 1st round and also have no picks in rounds 2 and 3.
  • New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Dallas Stars: The Devils own the 1st overall pick in the draft and they will more than likely select center Jack Hughes. The Devils also have three 2nd round picks (34/55/62) along with two 3rd round picks (70 & 80) to perhaps package and jump back into the 1st round with a willing trading partner like the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Dallas Stars.  
  • Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Dallas Stars: The Hurricanes have the 28th overall pick in the 1st round and also boost three 2nd round picks as well (36/37/59) along with a 3rd round pick (90) to possibly package and move up in the 1st round. Pittsburgh and Dallas could be a willing trading partners as they could possibly acquire additional picks and still stay in the 1st round.

Final Thoughts: These are my top 5 teams that could be the most active in the 2019 NHL draft. I project this year’s draft could be the most entertaining draft in the past decade with arguably the most trades made.  Aside from these teams listed above, look for other teams to be wheeling and dealing throughout the draft. By the end of the draft, we should see lots of picks and players having new addresses for the upcoming season.