Ty Smilanic to the Avalanche? NHL mock draft has Colorado native staying in state.

Bruce Bennett, Getty ImagesAlex Newhook reacts after being selected sixteenth overall by the Colorado Avalanche during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.

The Avalanche’s next first-round pick could be someone from their own backyard.

The NHL draft doesn’t take place until June 26-27, but NHL.com staff writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage shared their NHL mock drafts last month and Colorado sat at the 24th overall pick.

Kimelman selected 6-foot-1 Colorado native center Ty Smilanic, “Born in Elizabeth, Colorado, Smilanic works hard in all three zones and has developed a powerful shot he’s able to get off from anywhere in the offensive zone.”

Morreale had Canadian right wing Ozzy Wiesblatt: “The right-shot forward (5-10, 183) is a smart and tenacious player on the puck, quick to find openings and has excelled since moving to center from right wing earlier this season.”

Lepage had Canadian defenseman Justin Barron as his pick: “When healthy, the defenseman is reliable and knows how to transition the puck quickly and efficiently. However, there are questions about his long-term offensive upside.”

— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post

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