NHL mock draft 2019: Avalanche thank Senators for Jack Hughes at No. 1; Flyers, Kings take wings

Sporting News - 01-11

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Although most general managers and scouting directors have long regarded the later stages of the NHL Draft as a latent source of future players, the overwhelming majority of the league’s best and brightest stars were selected in the first round. And in spite of significant advances in the ability to scout and evaluate prospects from hockey’s traditional locales, most cornerstone figures for every successful franchise throughout recent NHL history were first-round picks.