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Mock Draft Time

03/26/2019 at 11:14am EDT

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With NHL season winding down, here is USA TODAY Sports’ first mock draft for teams that are in the draft lottery today, sorted by current points-per-game in NHL standings:

1​. Colorado Avalanche (from Senators): Center Jack Hughes (USA), 5-10, 170: Hughes will have a Patrick Kane-like impact in the NHL. He's dynamic, fast and creative.

2. Los Angeles Kings: Center/wing Kaapo Kakko (Finland), 6-2, 194: Broke Aleksander Barkov’s record for most goals by NHL draft-eligible player in the Finnish League. He has 22 goals in 45 games for TPS Turku playing against Finland’s pros.

3. Detroit Red Wings: Right wing Vasily Podkolzin (Russia), 6-1, 190: Impressive shot. Sharp passer. Will power his way to the net. Will be a top line performer in the NHL.

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