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The 2019 NHL Draft has come around and hockey fans around the globe are very excited. The first round took place on Friday evening in Vancouver, and there was not much excitement as fans thought there might be heading into the day.
With the first day in the books, let’s dive in to the biggest winners and losers of the first round. Which clubs made some incredible picks? Which clubs made the most questionable picks?
The Canadiens selected USA-U18 goal scorer Cole Caufield with the 15th selection. Caufield scored 72 goals this past season. While he is a bit undersized, he has a knack for putting the puck in the back of the net.
Heading into the Draft, the Flyers were selected to pick #11 overall. During the first round, the Flyers made a deal with the Coyotes to slide down 3 spots. For sliding down, the Flyers received an additional 2nd round selection. They selected USA-U18 defenseman Cam York with the 14th selection.
With the 4th overall pick that they received from Ottawa in the Matt Duchene deal, the Avalanche selected Vancouver Giants (WHL) defenseman Bowen Byram. The Avalanche were already loaded with quality young defensive prospects like Cole Makar and Samuel Girard and added another potential star with Byram.
DETROIT RED WINGS
It is Steve Yzerman’s first Draft as general manager with the Red Wings. With the 6th overall pick, Yzerman selected German defenseman Moritz Seider. Many thought that this pick was a stretch, as most thought Seider would be a late-first rounder.
The rebuilding Senators could have used a top 10 pick in this forward heavy draft. The Senators have snatched up a nice crop of young defenseman over the last few drafts, but they missed out on some elite forwards in this draft class.
By: George Foussekis