With the 2019 NHL Entry Draft four weeks away, this will be the first of two mock drafts RotoWire will publish. The second and final one will be posted just a couple days prior to the June 21st proceedings in Vancouver, as will our draft rankings.
1) New Jersey Devils - Jack Hughes (C, US U18-NTDP): While there is legitimate debate in regards to whom New Jersey should select, we have yet to see any indication that the Devils will select anyone other than Hughes. He's been the presumptive first-overall selection for the past couple years and I don't see GM Ray Shero deviating from the plan this late in the game.
2) New York Rangers - Kaapo Kakko (RW, TPS Turku-Finland): This is the easiest decision soon-to-be-named President John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton will ever have to make. Kappo is currently making a mockery of the World Championship in Slovakia and if for some reason the Devils pivot and select the big Finn, the Rangers simply take Hughes. The separation between the two players is virtually non existent.
3) Chicago Blackhawks - Alex Turcotte (C, US U18-NTDP): Turcotte may very well have been a lock for the third-overall selection had he not been banged up for most of the season. He is a terrific two-way player who earns high marks for his work ethic.
4) Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa) - Vasili Podkolzin (RW, SKA St. Petersburg-KHL): Colorado is already one of the better teams in the NHL and