We are just a week out from the NHL Draft so let’s talk about the team with 2 draft picks in the first round alone. The Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche have 2 draft picks in Round 1. They pick at 4 and 16, and have 8 picks in total. Right now, let’s focus on the Avs first pick at 4th overall. The Avalanche got their 4th overall pick from the Matt Duchene trade in 2017, so now is a great time for some (small) payback by drafting a great player that can maybe one day bring them a cup. And for the first round the Avs should pick both a defensemen and forward.
With pick #4, the Avs should go for a younger defensemen. This is the perfect opportunity to pick up Bowen Byram:
- 6’4″, 191 LBS
- Left handed defenseman
- Cool as a cucumber under pressure. Talented skater and controls the puck well. High hockey IQ that gives an advantage with him on the ice.
- Chicago hopefully will pick up Turcotte so the Avs can grab Byram. He’d fit in nicely with a kid like Cale Makar on his side. Even with guys who have been in the league for a bit like Tyson Barrie. Even if he spent a year in the AHL, he’d come in handy if the Avs wanted to make another playoff run with fresher legs.
If Bowen Byram is scooped by the Blackhawks, the Avalanche best bet is to go for Alex Turcotte. Although it would be smart to pick up defenseman, it would be a waste not to pick up someone when you have a high pick at 4th. Here’s a bit on Alex Turcotte:
- 5’11”, 180 LBS
- Two way player, fast as hell skater. Productive. Great energy on the ice. Signed to a year with the University of Wisconsin.
- Avs have speedy young guys like Nate MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. They can add onto that with a player like Turcotte. After a year, at least, with Wisconsin Turcotte would only add good things to what the Avs have been building upon. The Avs did amazing this season and getting more offensive help for the future would push them further into the off season.