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latest espn mock draft (post Philly meltdown)

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Avs draft Huberdeau and Beaulieu: Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Saint John (QMJHL) A tough call but a one-two center combination of Matt Duchene and Huberdeau evokes memories of Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg. In fact, Sakic, who wasn't physically mature as a junior, is a useful comparison for Huberdeau. Colorado has had a lot of success with 18-year-olds in Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly, but both were more physically ready than Huberdeau. Scout's take: High-end, talented player who plays a 200-foot game and contributes defensively to go along with his offensive prowess. Although his strength levels need to improve, Huberdeau has never shown a lack of effort, which bodes well for his continued development. From the time he was an underage player in the QMJHL, I saw him compete even when he was not yet physically ready to back it up but did regardless. As he grew this year and the pressure to win increased, he proved he was an elite player, topping the season off with an MVP performance at the Memorial Cup. Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL) The second overall pick will determine what the Avalanche does later in the first round. Colorado's braintrust knows that a solid D-prospect will be available in this slot, and the team might actually have Beaulieu and Jonas Brodin ahead of Hamilton and/or Murphy. Beaulieu might not have the upside that Brodin does, but he's more likely to deliver on his potential. Scout's take: Beaulieu is a quiet, high-character player who possesses elite poise with the puck on his stick. His knocked-kneed style of skating does not affect his speed or mobility, which are added assets for this skilled defenseman. He overcame the firing of his father as head coach of the Seadogs and ramped his game to an elite level. He's got a cannon of a shot but is smart enough to draw defensemen with the threat and find open teammates. Landeskog goes to Florida, Larsson to NJ, and philly takes Scheifele at 8. If you have any questions about where anyone else landed ask, I think it's behind their subscription service.

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