Picks order, biggest needs and GM Joe Sakic’s recent selection history – The Denver Post


The Colorado Avalanche is expected to have a quiet NHL draft with no picks over the first two rounds and only four selections overall.

Just don’t sleep entirely on the reigning Stanley Cup champions. It’s possible that general manager Joe Sakic makes noise with a trade in pursuit of a top prospect. But Sakic already leveraged several picks from the upcoming draft to acquire three Avalanche players via trade:

  • G Darcy Kuemper: The Arizona Coyotes received the Avs’ 2022 first-round round pick (No. 32), D Conor Timmins and 2024 third-round pick
  • D Devon Toews: The New York Islanders received the Avs’ 2022 second-round pick (No. 65) and 2021 second-round pick
  • D Patrik Nemeth (later signed with Rangers in free agency): The Red Wings received the Avs’ 2022 fourth-round pick (No. 129)

While Colorado has more pressing decisions looming in free agency, beginning July 13, here is an Avalanche NHL draft primer with what fans need to know ahead of the two-day event held in Montreal.

First round

When: 5 p.m. Thursday
Avalanche picks: None

Second-seventh rounds

When: 9 a.m. Friday
TV: NHL Network
Avalanche picks: No. 97 (3rd round), No. 161 (5th round), No. 193 (6th round), No. 225 (7th round)

Biggest needs


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