The Colorado Avalanche enters the 2019 NHL Draft with a total of eight selections, which includes three in the top 50 overall and five picks in the first three rounds. This year's draft will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Avs have two picks in the first round (fourth and 16th), one in the second round (47th) and two in the third round (63rd and 78th). The club also has selections in the fifth round (140th), sixth round (171st) and seventh round (202nd).
This marks the second year in a row in which the Avs hold the No. 16 overall selection and the second time in three years that they will pick fourth. Colorado drafted forward Martin Kaut 16th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas and chose defenseman Cale Makar at No. 4 at the 2017 draft in Chicago.
The Avalanche received this year's No. 4 overall selection from the Ottawa Senators as part of a three-team trade on Nov. 5, 2017 that also included the Nashville Predators. The fourth overall pick was determined based on the NHL Draft Lottery on April 9.
In addition to Ottawa's first-round selection in either the 2018 or 2019 draft, Colorado obtained the Sens' 2019 third-round pick (63rd overall), Andrew Hammond and Shane Bowers. The Senators elected to keep their first-round choice at last year's draft and used it to select Brady Tkachuk at fourth overall.
From the Predators, the Avs received Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and the team's third-round selection (58th) at the 2018 NHL Draft. The Avs traded the 58th pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins on the second day of the 2018 draft for the 64th and 146th overall picks and used them to select goaltender Justus Annunen and defenseman Danila Zhuravlyov, respectively.
The Senators received Matt Duchene from the Avalanche and sent Kyle Turris to the Predators.
Colorado presently does not have a fourth-round selection in this year's draft. The club traded its pick (No. 109 overall) to Nashville on July 1, 2017 in exchange for forward Colin Wilson.
The city of Vancouver is hosting the NHL Draft for the third time in its history. Rogers Arena (formerly known as GM Place and the home arena of the Vancouver Canucks) hosted the 2006 selection, which saw current Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson be chosen first overall by the St. Louis Blues. Colorado used the 18th overall pick that year on forward Chris Stewart.
At the 1990 NHL Draft at BC Place, the Quebec Nordiques owned the No. 1 overall pick for the second straight year (and the second of the three-straight No. 1 selections) and chose forward Owen Nolan.
The first round of the 2019 NHL Draft will start at 6 p.m. MT on Friday, June 21, and will be televised on NBCSN. NHL Network will have coverage of rounds 2-7, which will be held on Saturday, June 22, starting at 11 a.m. MT.
For complete coverage, visit Avalanche Draft Central at ColoradoAvalanche.com/draft.