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Soderstrom Brings Experience to the Blue Line

Swedish 2019 draft prospect played his first season of pro hockey in 2018-19

by Niki Ardebili / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Defenseman Victor Soderstrom is the No. 3-ranked International skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.


Unlike many players projected to be taken in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, Victor Soderstrom spent this past season playing against grown men.

The 5-foot-11, 179-pound defenseman has proven that he is fully capable of holding his own against older competition.

 

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Boldy Chasing NHL Dream

Draft-eligible prospect is heading to Boston College

by Niki Ardebili / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Forward Matthew Boldy is the No. 9-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.


American left wing Matthew Boldy has always dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player.

"My dream is to play in the NHL, and if I don't go to the rink every day and work hard somebody else might be," Boldy said to MAHockey.org.

The 18-year-old's aspirations have been unfolding before him this past year, as he is ranked ninth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting entering this year's draft.

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Peyton Krebs Showcasing His Skills

The center led the Kootenay Ice with 68 points this season

by Dylan Wheeler / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Forward Peyton Krebs is the No. 10-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.


Peyton Krebs is a two-way centerman who has the potential to be a dynamic playmaker in the NHL one day.

Krebs is expected to be selected in the first round of this year's draft as he is NHL Central Scouting's No. 10-ranked North American skater, but this will not be the first time he will hear his name called early in a draft.

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Order of Selection for the 2019 NHL Draft

Avalanche enters with eight picks

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2019 NHL Draft™ presented by adidas at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The first round will take place on Friday, June 21 (6 p.m., MT, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS) and the subsequent rounds (2 through 7) on Saturday, June 22 (11 a.m., MT, NHL Network, Sportsnet).

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Smooth-Skating Broberg Thrives on Biggest Stages

Swedish defenseman played pro hockey in 2019-20 with AIK

by Dylan Wheeler / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Defenseman Philip Broberg is the No. 5-ranked International skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.


Philip Broberg has shined on the international stage for his home country of Sweden.

NHL Central Scouting's fifth-ranked International skater is one of the top prospects for the 2019 draft after a strong campaign that began in August at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

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Decisions Await Avalanche on Draft Day

Colorado taking wait-and-see approach with its first-round picks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Draft day is the biggest day of the year for scouting departments in the NHL. It's where their hard work comes to fruition after spending countless of miles traveling via car, train, ferry and plane and watching games almost daily in cold rinks throughout the world.

Draft day is where tomorrow's stars enter the NHL, and the Colorado Avalanche looks to select a few of them at the June 21-22 draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"There is always pressure," said Avalanche director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple on Thursday. "I think there is always pressure in the first round. I think the last few years with Mikko Rantanen, we got him at 10. Tyson Jost at 10. Cale Makar was four obviously. There is always pressure in the first round I think."

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Caufield Coming Off Strong Draft Year with U.S. NTDP

Forward was named the U18 World Championship MVP

by Niki Ardebili / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Forward Cole Caufield is the No. 8-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.


At 5-foot-7 and 162 pounds, American forward Cole Caufield doesn't let his small stature interfere with his ability to be an offensive threat.

The 18-year-old draft prospect had quite the 2018-19 season leading up to this summer's NHL Draft. The forward not only continued to dominate play at the United States National Team Development Program, but he was also named the most valuable player at IIHF U18 World Championship where he led the tournament in goals.

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Alan Hepple Previews 2019 NHL Draft

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

2019 Pre-Draft Conference Call

Alan Hepple talks about the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft

Avalanche director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple talks with the media about the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft

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Colorado Avalanche director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple discussed the 2019 NHL Draft during a conference call with media members on Thursday morning.

This year's draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 21-22. The Avalanche currently has eight picks, which includes two in the first round (No. 4 and 16) and five in the first three rounds.

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Ville Heinola Comfortable Playing Against Older Competition

The defenseman spent the past season playing in Finland's top professional league

by Niki Ardebili / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Defenseman Ville Heinola is the No. 4-ranked International skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.


From the strong pool of Finnish prospects, Ville Heinola is projected to be one of the top defensemen in this year's draft.

At 5-foot-11 and 178 pounds, the 18-year-old has established himself as a strong defenseman. The Honkajoki, Finland, native has highlighted his ability against opposition that is his own age and has continued his success on the professional stage against older competitors.  

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Kaliyev Has a Knack for Scoring Goals

The forward recorded 51 goals with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season

by Dylan Wheeler / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling draft-eligible prospects leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22. Forward Arthur Kaliyev is the No. 7-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. The Avalanche has the fourth and 16th overall selections in the first round of the draft.


Arthur Kaliyev has proven himself to be one of the top goal-scorers eligible to be selected in the 2019 NHL Draft.

After scoring 31 times in the 2017-18 season, Kaliyev put home 51 pucks this past year for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League and became the first player in franchise history to hit the 50-goal mark. He is also now the 13th player in OHL history to score at least 50 times in a season as a 17-year-old, joining players such as Eric Lindros (71) and Steven Stamkos (58).

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