2019 NHL Draft Day One Winners and Losers

Jack HughesPhoto: Anne-Marrie Sorvin – USA Today

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.



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

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2 Responses to 2019 NHL Draft Day One Winners and Losers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Other winners…

    New Jersey- They got Hughes the kid projected to be at worst Johnny Hockey& at best Patrick Kane, oh then they traded for PK Subban a no1 D. They will be a playoff team next year barring i njury.

    LAKings- 2 1st round picks… they take Turcotte the 200ft C who is comp is Toews. Now Toews aint Crosby or McDavid,Mathews 1 of the superstar Cs but hes a winner& will be in hof bc of the 3 cups so if Turcotte is that.. thats good. Then they came back and got a Dman 22.
    Oh then to put cherry on top got maybe the most gifted goal scorer in the draft, Kaliyev at 33. The guy I wanted caps to take at 25 but they took a safe pick. He dropped 50+ goals last year.

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