Central Division Draft Day: Team Needs



By Bobby Bauders
Senior Writer/Editor

 

We’ll have four team needs stories highlighting the draft needs of the teams in every division. Written on June 23rd, any trades that happened after this story was written will not be mentioned in this story, therefore some draft spots may be outdated.

 

Our Updated Mock Draft

 

Chicago Blackhawks:

1st Round Picks: 0

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 8

Chicago needs to clear some cap. Obviously the draft is about building your future, but Chicago’s cap is horrendous.

 

As for Chicago’s 50th pick, maybe Tim Gettinger or Markus Niemelainen will be available.

 

Colorado Avalanche:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 6

Colorado needs serious help on defense. But at Colorado’s place in the draft at 10th overall, they should be going after forwards.

 

In order to significantly address Colorado’s laurels on defense, it’ll likely come via trade or free agency.

 

As for the 10th pick, expect Colorado to look at Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows, or Logan Brown.

 

Dallas Stars:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 0

Total Draft Picks: 6

Dallas has needed defense for years and that stands today. Jim Nill has done an outstanding jobs assembling Dallas’ offense, but now they need defense.

 

Dallas currently sits at 25th overall and may be able to select Logan Stanley or Dennis Cholowski.

 

Goaltending is also going to be an issue soon, but with the goalie market about to heat up, they’ll probably address that via trades.

 

Minnesota Wild:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 0

Total Draft Picks: 4

Minnesota is absolutely loaded on defense. Expect them to look at offense.

 

Players available may be Luke Kunin, Max Jones, and Julien Gauthier.

 

Nashville Predators:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 8

Nashville is aging down the middle. They need to select a center who may be able to take the place of Mike Fisher in the future.

 

This draft is full of centers so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a player. Nashville needs to hope that Luke Kunin is available at 17.

 

St. Louis Blues:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 7

It’s known that Kevin Shattenkirk will be playing in a different city next season. It’s also known St. Louis wants to move up in the draft. Maybe they could figure out a way to trade Shattenkirk to Boston and get their 14th overall pick.

 

With that pick they could select anyone from Luke Kunin to Jake Bean to Tyson Jost. Blues could maybe use a scoring center in Kunin or Jost. Jost will be spending next year with the University of North Dakota, which would be fine with Blues because they have a good team now. Any selection will be for the future.

 

Winnipeg Jets:

1st Round Picks: 2

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 7

The only thing Winnipeg needs to worry about is selecting Patrik Laine. Seriously. People have been saying they’re considering Jesse Puljujarvi. All Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to worry about is saying “The Winnipeg Jets are proud to select Patrik Laine” at the podium.

 

Then they can worry about trading Jacob Trouba and re-signing Mark Scheifele.

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