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 in the first two rounds and only four picks overall.

Just don’t oversleep the reigning Stanley Cup winner. It’s possible that General Manager Joe Sakic is making noise with a trade in search of a top prospect. But Sakic already used several picks from the upcoming draft to trade three Avalanche players:

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

With more pressing decisions in hand in Colorado starting July 13, here’s an Avalanche NHL Draft Primer with what fans need to know ahead of the two-day event in Montreal.

First round

When: 5 p.m. Thursday
TV: ESPN
Avalanche selection: none

Second to seventh round

When: 9 a.m. Friday
TV: NHL Network
Avalanche selection: #97 (3rd round), #161 (5th round), #193 (6th round), #225 (7th round)

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