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2019 NHL Draft Preview – Players ranked Nos. 1-20

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Tonight and tomorrow, the 57th NHL Entry Draft will be held in Vancouver. Across those two days, the Avalanche are currently slated to make eight selections, but it’s the first round that will get the most attention; Colorado holds the No. 4 and 16 overall picks, giving them two high-profile choices.

Who will they pick? No one knows for sure what Joe Sakic and Company have in mind, as the Avs current roster doesn’t have any glaring holes that would necessitate a “need” pick by the general manager. Thus, going the “best player available” route seems the most likely for Colorado.

That being the case, evaluating the talent on the board will provide a road map to who the Avalanche might take when they’re on the clock. Leading up to the draft, broke down the top-20 players available, two of whom will most likely be headed to Colorado on June 21.

Here’s who made the list:

Nos. 16-20
Nos. 11-15
Nos. 6-10
Nos. 1-5

Which two will be Avalanche players by night’s end? Stay tuned.