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Redraft 2019! How good a draft was it really?


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We already have 4 1st rounders from the 2019 draft.  We drafted Cozens (7th) and Ryan Johnson (31st) plus we added Byram (4th) and Krebs (17th) in trade .  There is now talk of adding 9th overall Trevor Zegras in trade as well.   2nd overall pick Kakko is also rumored to be on the trading block.  6th rd pick Lukas Rousek has played 17 games for the Sabres so far and 3 rd pick, Eric Portillo, who Adams traded away, is looking very good for the AHL's Ontario Reign and should be in the NHL sooner than later. 

This draft was known for the great US NTDP squad with 7 guys going in the top 15 picks plus an additional 10 players taken in the rest of the draft.  The 2018-19 U-18 team featured Jack Hughes, Zegras, Matt Boldy, goalie Spencer Knight, D Cam York, and Sniper Cole Caufield.  The Canadian U-18 2018-19 team was also loaded with Cozens, Krebs, and Newhook and Thomas Harley.

The top 11 in games played are Hughes, Kakko, Cozens, Seider, Hoglander, Krebs, Newhook, Dach, Zegras, Caufield and Boldy.  All 11 have played 200+ games.  Byram is 16th with 164 games.  Hughes and Kakko have played 306 and 300 games respectively.  Dylan is at 280.

The top 11 in points (90+) are Hughes, Boldy, Cozens, Zegras, Caufield, Seider, Kakko, Maccello Newhook, Dach and Hoglander.  Byram is 12th with 72 pts.  Krebs is 16th with 66 pts. Hughes has 281 points over 110 more than Boldy in second place.  

The top goal scorers, with 50 or more are Hughes (114), Caufield (81), Boldy (75), Cozens (66), Kakko (57), Zegras (55) and Hoglander (50)

Overall there are only 26 skaters to reach 100 games and only 2 goalies to play 50+.  Kochetkov leads with 69 and Knight has 57 but is currently dealing with personal issues. 

Who would your top 15 be 5 years later?

My top 15 so far are [original pick no. in ( )]

1 - Hughes (1), 2 - Seider (6), 3- Boldy (12), 4 - Caufield (15), 5 - Zegras (9), 6- Cozens (7), 7 - Maccelli (98), 8 - Harley (18), 9 - Byram (4), 10 - Pinto (32), 11 - York (14) 12 - Newhook (16), 13 - Dach (3), 14 - Hoglander (40) and 15 - Kochetkov (36)

So far there is one bona fide super star from this draft and that is Jack Hughes.  Seider is also a star.  After those two there seems to be 15-20 good to really good players.  Guy who will play 10+ in the NHL, but after that it's looking a little thin.  Still these guys are 23 and there is still time for more guys to make an impact.  

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