But what about the draft as a whole? It’s time to start slapping some preliminary draft grades on each team’s prospect haul. There are several factors I consider in assigning grades. Players picked relative to where I ranked them. If a team drafted a player in a later round that I had earmarked for earlier, then it helps the grade, while the opposite hurts it.Teams that addressed a need or had an identifiable strategy centered on speed, hockey sense and puck skills got better grades than those who made seemingly random picks or favored size and strength.Teams that went heavy on draft over-agers not ranked in my top 50 got docked. MORE 2019 NHL DRAFT:Three takeaways from Round 1 | First round winners & losersWithout further ado, Sporting News has final draft grades for every team.Anaheim DucksThings started out great for Anaheim as they got a steal at No. 9 in slick set-up man Trevor Zegras and goal-scoring winger Brayden Tracey (29th) late in the first round. They took a gamble on “offenseman” Jackson Lacombe (39th), whose size and speed make up for serious shortcomings on defense. Their last four picks centered on the ability to defend their own end, and few forwards in the draft are as good at it as former NTDP’er Trevor Janicke (132nd). Henry Thrun (101st) has two-way upside from the back end, while stay-at-home types William Francis (163rd) and Mathew Hill (186th) each have low ceilings for future point production. The real prize of Anaheim’s draft class is Zegras, who has the skills and elite hockey sense to vault to the top of their prospect depth chart. Grade: B+Arizona CoyotesThe Coyotes went forward-heavy in Vancouver, with an obvious emphasis on speed and skill. After trading up with Philadelphia on Frday to grab graceful puck mover Victor Soderstrom at 11, GM John Chayka opened Day 2 with playmaking center John Farinacci followed by three consecutive wingers with speed — Matias Maccelli (98th), Alexandr Darin (107th) and Aku Raty (151). Arizona then picked up two additional centers in 200-foot pivot Anthony Romano (176th) and Swiss import Valentin Nussbaumer (207th)— a preseason first rounder, and ended their weekend with hard-shooting point man Axel Bergqvist (200th).Although trading up three spots to grab Soderstrom seemed unnecessary since neither team picking after them took a defender, the fact that they went for skill at every position, plus drafted a possible heir apparent for Oliver Ekman-Larsson, is good enough to classify this draft as a success. Grade: B+Boston BruinsThe Bruins didn’t come to Vancouver with picks to burn, so they played conservative hands on both days. Taking swift-skating power center John Beecher (30th) was expected, as he plays that physical, North-South game the organization requires from its forwards. It may take two or three years at Michigan for Beecher to realize his scoring potential, but he’s a specimen nonetheless. Hard-working winger Quinn Olson (92nd) also is a speedy college recruit who may need some time to marinate against NCAA competition, but he has good puck skills and smarts to earmark him as a potential middle-line player. Finnish center Matias Mantykivi (185th) represents the lone finesse player drafted by Boston, and center Jake Schmaltz (192nd), a North Dakota recruit, was a surprise considering he was far down on the Chicago Steel’s depth chart and was outperformed by multiple draft-eligible teammates.The biggest shocker, however, was the selection of two-way defender Roman Bychkov (154th), who became the first Russian-league defenseman drafted by Boston since 2010. Although they mostly avoided pure finishers or playmakers, GM Don Sweeney and staff deserve credit for making something out of the few picks they had, and identifying speed and mobility as important characteristics of their draftees. Grade: BBuffalo SabresThe Sabres went into the draft already blessed with a fairly deep pool of prospects and a developing core of young leaders at the NHL level, so this wasn’t a make-or-break draft as in previous years. They opened the first round by taking versatile power forward Dylan Cozens (7th), whose work ethic and team-first attitude will come in handy when the Sabres go through a down period. A nice compliment to Cozens’ hard-charging style is poised defender Ryan Johnson (31st), who has the hands, smarts and speed to put up points but excelled in his role as a shutdown defenseman for Sioux Falls. The next pick was a bit surprising, as they grabbed mammoth overage goalie Erik Portillo at 67th overall with a higher-rated goalie in Hugo Alnefelt and skilled wingers Patrik Puistola, Pavel Dorofeyev and Maxim Cajkovic still on the board. Portillo will play for the University of Michigan next season but is incredibly raw and still several years away from being considered an impact player. Winger Aaron Huglen (102nd) is a dual-threat forward with puck skills from the flank who like Johnson will play collegiately at Minnesota.It was surprising, however, that they passed on high schooler Ryder Donovan, who has better size, speed and passing abilities. With their last two picks, the Sabres took a pair of European overage wingers with limited upside in Filip Cederqvist (143rd) and Lukas Rousek (160th). The line of thinking may have been predicated on NHL readiness, but neither had as impressive a pre-draft resume as at least two dozen players picked after them. Grade: BCalgary FlamesThe Flames seemed to put hard work and hockey sense as priorities to become one of their draft picks, and few prospects personify those critical aspects of player development than winger Jakob Pelletier (26th) and 200-foot centers Ilya Nikolaev (88th) and Josh Nodler (150th). All three are versatile and reliable in any situation and play bigger than their listed measurements of six feet tall or smaller. They took a smart gamble of offensive-minded winger Lucas Feuk (116th), a Swedish national team regular who was one of the Superelit’s top 2001-born players and would have dominated had he been more consistent.Calgary closed out its draft with a potential steal in California-raised goalie Dustin Wolf (214th), who was the WHL’s de facto top netminder and makes up for his lack of size with incredible quickness and technical know-how. This was an excellent haul for a 50-win team that only had five picks. Grade: A-Carolina HurricanesMuch like the Flames, the Canes are coming off a successful season in which their homegrown youth played a prominent role in the team’s march to the playoffs. Carolina is oozing high-end skill throughout the organization, and they came to Vancouver armed with multiple high-round picks. Drafting center Ryan Suzuki with the 28th pick was a steal, but the subsequent selections of speedster Jamieson Rees (44th) and Patrik Puistola (73rd) were just the beginning of a string of home-run swings on excitable prospects. They got first-round quality in Finnish power-play quarterback Anttoni Honka (83rd), while NTDP defender Domenick Fensore (90th) put up nearly as many points in the second half as heralded teammate Cam York. The hits continued into the later rounds, as the Canes snatched up a fair number of high-upside prospects in the fourth round in mammoth defenseman Cade Webber (99th) and excitable playmaker Tuukka Tieksola (121st). Double-overage winger Kirill Slepts (152nd), who was ranked fourth in my overage rankings, clearly is one of the most NHL-ready prospects out of any draft holdovers.Carolina also took several upper cuts in rounds six and seven, beginning with goal-scorer Kevin Wall (181st) and ending with two centers — hard-shooting Blake Murray (183rd) and slick stickhandler Massimo Rizzo (216). Yes, the Canes had a dozen picks, so the law of averages is on their side. But the attention paid towards puck skills, speed and point-producing potential keeps their already-impressive prospect pool among the best in the league. Grade: AChicago BlackhawksThe Blackhawks needed centers, and they addressed that requirement by taking a pair of strong playmaking pivots in Kirby Dach (3rd) and Antti Saarela (123rd). They got first-round quality with their picks in between, starting with big-bodied defender Alex Vlasic (43rd) and underrated 200-foot winger Michal Teply (105th). Goaltender Dominic Base (167th) at 6-foot-6 is a man child between the pipes who dominated the lesser-known USPHL and likely marinates for four years with Colorado College. He becomes the seventh of 10 goalies drafted by the Hawks since 2009 to be taken in the sixth or later.Rounding out their 2019 draft class is two-way defenseman Cole Moberg (194th), who was Prince George’s top rearguard and took a massive leap in his development. In summation, grabbing Dach ahead of the likes of Bowen Byram, Trevor Zegras and Alex Turcotte was a decision both the casual observer and die-hard fan didn’t agree with, but they made selecting similar high-upside picks thereafter helped boost the overall assessment. Grade B+Colorado AvalancheThe team with arguably the league’s best line plus consecutive playoff appearances to build on also was one of the weekend’s big winners at the draft. The Av’s identified defenseman Bowen Byram (4th) as the elite blueliner among his peers and were willing to overlook the impressive centers in order to grab him. Byron automatically becomes GM Joe Sakic’s top prospect, and the likelihood that he will one day join Cale Makar on the points of Colorado’s power play should strike fear in the hearts of their western conference opponents. Salic continued heaping skill onto his prospect depth chart by taking dynamic offensive center Alex Newhook (16th), who is headed to Boston College in the fall. From that point forward, size, strength and two-way play seemed to take precedent, as Colorado took poised defender Drew Helleson (47th) in the second round, followed by a pair of project forwards in hard-nosed forward Matt Stienburg (63rd) and winger Alex Beaucage (78th).It’s no shocker that Sakic finished up Day 2 with three straight WHL picks, with two being 200-foot wingers Sasha Mutala (140th) and overager Luka Burzan (171st). He ended his draft by adding Byram’s teammate in goalie Trent Miner (202nd), and although he went in the grit-and-jam direction in the later rounds, the Byram and Newhook selections carry the full weight of an excellent draft grade. Grade: AColumbus Blue JacketsThe hockey world knew the Blue Jackets came into the weekend at the base of the proverbial draft mountain from trading away all but two of the 2019 picks for their march to the second round of the playoffs. With their three picks, GM Jarmo Kekalainen neither swung for the fences nor played it safe. His first pick was lanky Swedish puck mover Eric Hjorth (104th), whose injury-riddled season was more nondescript than it was impressive. What’s odd is that Columbus opted for a project like Hjorth, when fellow Linkoping defender Albert Lyckasen was more consistent, more reliable and an overall better prospect. There were dozens of better Swedish defense futures still available at pick No. 104, and I just can’t accept the reasoning behind the selection.Their next pick was abrasive power winger Dmitri Voronkov (114th), whose skating is average but he gets under the opponents’ skin and impacts shifts without scoring. His performance in Russia’s adult-age VHL may have played a role in his selection, but I could name several dozen Russian-league prospects with higher upside. The last pick at 212th overall may turn out to be their hope and salvation, as pesky center Tyler Angle (212th) has potential for point production as a role player. It looks like Kekalainen tried to be too fine with his picks rather than taking players with more skill, more speed and higher playmaking potential. Grade: DDallas StarsDallas only had four picks in the draft but were able to keep their first rounder when the condition in the Mats Zuccarello trade was not met. So what does the team with three of the game’s top young puck movers do with that first-round pick? Well, how about draft another puck mover? Although defenseman Thomas Harley (18th) is a gifted passer, power-play quarterback and graceful skater, his lack of intensity and physicality for a kid his size remains a concern, and I never bought into the early-season hype. Ignoring a need for centers, the Stars took two more defensemen in Sweden’s Samuel Sjolund (111th) and collegiate freshman Ben Brinkman (173rd), and the lone forward they drafted was underachieving OHL’er Nicholas Porco, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection but had a reduced role on a competitive Saginaw team.Outside of cashing in on a third-overall pick like Miro Heiskanen in 2017, GM Jim Nill’s first-round picks since 2013 can be classified somewhere between terrible and questionable. While both Harley and Brinkman have legitimate top-four potential, the Stars ignored skill forwards altogether, which is reflected in the overall assessment. Grade: C-Detroit Red WingsSteve Yzerman’s first draft as Red Wings GM went relative well for a guy who was armed with double-digit picks at his disposal. Overall, he could have done better, but he also picked up a half-dozen quality prospects with legitimate potential for NHL success. Although his weekend began with his surprising selection of big-bodied puck mover Mortiz Seider at sixth overall, Yzerman went on to overdraft another physical presence in Finnish blueliner Antti Tuomisto (35th). Both can run the power play, skate the puck out of trouble and shoot with authority. But both were taken a nearly a half-round too high while leaving incredible forward talent on the board. The Seider pick notwithstanding, the impressive part of Detroit’s draft was the middle portion, where they scooped up underrated sniper Robert Mastrosimone (54th), physical puck rusher Albert Johansson (60th), abrasive two-way winger Albin Grewe (66th) and speed merchant Ethan Phillips (97th).In the later rounds, the Red Wings opted for size and two-way play, beginning with high school puck rusher Cooper Moore (128th), who will play college hockey for North Dakota. As expected, the Red Wings continued mining Sweden for talent, taking a huge 200-foot forward in Elmber Soderblom (159th) and project puck mover Gustav Berglund (177th), albeit while passing over more talented (and consistent) Swedes like Victor Hedstrom, Max Wahlgren and Albin Hjalmarsson. Diminutive Russian winger Kirill Tyutyayev (190th) not only has skill, but also was a standout on a veteran Avto team and nearly led them to an MHL championship. Lastly, big goalie Carter Gylander (191st) was solid for Sherwood Park of the AJHL and will play college hockey at Colgate. Grade: A-Edmonton OilersMuch like his protege in Detroit, new Oilers’ GM Ken Holland skipped over a half-dozen elite forwards in favor of a mobile defender with size in Philip Broberg (8th). Although this wasn’t as shocking as the Red Wings decision with Seider, Broberg has a lot to learn in the defensive end and needs to improve his playmaking and passing skills if he’s going to share pucks with the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Holland stole an excellent goal-scoring winger in Raphael Lavoie (38th) in the second round, and took a chance on triple-overage Russian goalie Ilya Konovalov (85th), whose quickness and positioning make up for a lack of ideal size. Matej Blumel (100th) was one of the top overagers in the draft and is a shoot-first center headed to UConn in the fall, and lanky high-school winger Tomas Mazura (162nd) is a good project pick for the later rounds. Mazura should take a full four years at Providence to improve his balance and inside play.One of the better selections made in the later rounds by any team was the drafting of two-way center Maxim Denezhkin (193rd) who moved up Loko’s impressive depth chart to become a top-six center and key contributor in their MHL title run. Grade: B+Florida PanthersIf you’re new to my annual report cards, you know that I’m not a huge fan of over-agers between Rounds 1-4. So when it comes to the Panthers, right off the bat, keep your expectations for a good grade relatively low. The Cats slam dunked with their first two picks with potential franchise goalie Spencer Knight (13th) and NHL-ready defender Vladislav Kolyachonok (52nd). It’s from then on where GM Dale Tallon and crew went a little too overboard with overagers, as they wound up taking four, including three who essentially were two-time holdovers. With all due respect to defensemen John Ludvig (69th) and Carter Berger (106th), and forwards Greg Meirless (168th) and Matthew Wedman (199th), there were multiple options with higher NHL potential available that Florida bypassed, seemingly favoring readiness over better puck skills.You get the sense that Florida’s strategy centered on puck stopping and limiting defensive zone time via strength over speed, but they could have went about it a different way and still met their objectives. Forwards Cole Schwindt (81st) and Henrik Rybinski (136th) are average skaters but help in board battles thanks to their endurance and compete level. Their only noteworthy pick after Round 2 was hard-charging NTDP forward Owen Lindmark (137th), who did everything asked of him and has the potential for a top-nine role at the NHL level. The first two picks and Lindmark saved this from a worse grade. Grade: CLos Angeles KingsNothing cures the ills of a salary cap crunch like a good old injection of elite skill and finesse at the prospect level. For the third year in a row, the Kings expanded the breadth of their burgeoning youth movement by drafting kids who have the vision, speed and skill to help the franchise transition from the heavy-hitting Darryl Sutter days to a more trendy, up-tempo style. Center Alex Turcotte (5th) is the centerpiece of this year’s crop, and the speedy 200-foot center may impress enough out of camp to make the team and skip the college route altogether. They smacked another line drive over the fence with the selection of heady two-way defender Tobias Bjornfot (22nd), then kept the hits rolling with a pair of finishers in Arthur Kaliyev (33rd) and Samuel Fagemo (50th), with Fagemo being one of the top overagers available.Goalie Lukas Parik (87th) has incredible lower-half quickness, and his selection was followed by three straight puck rushers with high upside as point producers – Jordan Spence (95th), Kim Nousiainen (119th) and Braden Doyle (157th). Even their last pick — big-bodied overage winger Andre Lee (188th) — showed promise as a role player on a deep Sioux Falls squad that needed his postseason goal-scoring to help them advance to the USHL title. The Kings may not budge from the bottom until they clean up the constricting contracts at the NHL level, but these kids are part of one of the league’s better prospect pools. Grade: AMinnesota WildIt’s safe to say that sophomore GM Paul Fenton’s haul from the weekend in Vancouver made up for the odd decisions he and his staff made last June in Dallas, beginning with the selection of elite 200-foot winger Matthew Boldy, and continuing with finesse flanker Vladislav Firstov. Both have incredible hands and playmaking proclivity while making life easy for their centers. Goalie Hunter Jones (59th) was a man on an island most nights for Peterborough and has the potential to be a brick wall when he doesn’t see as many second and third-chance attempts. Minnesota’s ensuing choices were all picks with not only excellent value, were also ranked well above their eventual draft slot. Skilled winger Adam Beckman (75th) is incredibly smooth and impressive with the puck in between the circles, and two-way center Matey Guskov (149th) maximized his time as a depth center on London’s powerhouse by creating chances out of nothing and wearing down the opposition in the puck-possession game.One of the draft’s biggest early-round snubs was NTDP puck mover Marshall Warren (166th), an aggressive blue liner who loves to join the rush and snipe attempts from the high slot. I also liked their addition of Brooklyn-born finesse forward Nikita Nesterenko (172nd) who is a long-term project but his wheels and hands help overcome issues with balance and decision making. Minnesota wrapped up the weekend with smallish goalie Filip Lindberg (197th), a double-overage Finnish import who starred for UMass-Amherst this past season. Grade: A-Montreal CanadiensThe Habs came into the 2019 draft with a lot of picks following a season in which they barely missed the playoffs, and the weekend began with a thunderous explosion after expert sharpshooter Cole Caufield (15th) slipped right into their laps in the middle of the first round. Physical puck mover Jayden Struble (46th) followed to became the first of three consecutive offensively-inclined rearguards who along with Caufield should decrease the likelihood that the Canadiens’ power play will never be as historically bad as it was last season. Swedish overager Mattias Norlinder (64th) was a horse as MODO J20’s top-pairing blueliner, and Everett’s Gianni Fairbrother (77th) knows how to create offense within a tight-checking system while dishing out big open-ice hits and haymakers in the process. Another pick with a lot of potential for exploiting the man advantage is Omaha Lancers winger Rhett Pitlick (131st), a wiry kid with electrifying stickhandling, dekes and dangles in addition to owning high-end vision and playmaking skills.Prospects selected after the aforementioned picks sit somewhere between obscure and raw, beginning with Sault Ste Marie defenseman Jacob Leguerrier (126th). He is a bit of a reach, even for the fifth round, as his contributions are limited to below his own circles. Their last four picks will cause more nightmares for the equipment staff than their opponents on the ice, as goalie Frederik Nissen Dichow (138th), center Arsen Khisamutdinov (170th), overage winger Rafael Harvey-Pinard (201st) and playmaking defenseman Kieran Ruscheinski (206th) are moderate needle movers in terms of their place in the middle and upper tiers of Montreal’s impressive prospect depth. Grade: B+MORE: Wisconsin coach Tony Granato on 15th overall pick Cole CaufieldNashville PredatorsSpeed and skill were obvious watchwords for Nashville’s scouting department, and it showed in the types of players they scooped up over the weekend. Beginning with fleet-footed center Phil Tomasino (24th) and followed by sniping wingers Egor Afanasyev (45th) and Alexander Campbell), the Preds improved a prospect pool that was heavy on two-way defensemen. Keep in mind that the two picks after Tomasino were via a second rounder (34th overall) acquired earlier in the day in the P.K. Subban trade with New Jersey (it was later shipped to Philadelphia, which took winger Bobby Brink). Anyway, a David Poile draft is not a David Poile draft without one or two defensemen being summoned to don the yellow and navy blue of Nashville, and they got themselves a couple of good ones in overage power-play quarterback Marc Del Gaizo (109th) and hard-hitting Russian dynamo Semyon Chistyakov (117th). Goalie Ethan Haider (179th) will probably turn into a starter one day — that’s just how the Preds roll when it comes to later-round goaltenders.You also have to credit the team that several years ago drafted Viktor Arvidsson when they unearth a potential late-round gem in hard-working speedster Isak Walther (179th). Walther didn’t see much time at the J20 level but smoked the lesser-known J18 Elit. Keep your eye on Walther as he has the length, hands and first-step quickness to become another diamond in the rough. And I love the seventh-round haymaker delivered by Poile’s staff with big Finnish center Juuso Parssinen (210th), who can fill any role and displayed speed and vision as a depth player for Finland’s under-18 team. Keep an eye on this draft class for the next few years. I see several NHL regulars, inclduing top-6 and top-4 contributors. Grade: A-New Jersey DevilsThe Devils drafted Jack Hughes, so let’s just get the white elephant out of the room and give them the highest grade possible. Ray Shero and crew had a lot of picks to work with thereafter, and they shuffled some picks and positioning around throughout the day, including the blockbuster deal with Nashville for P.K. Subban that sent the 34th overall pick (among others) the opposite direction. Another underrated move whose legacy should be followed closely was Shero turning the 55th pick (acquired at the trade deadline from Nashville for Brian Boyle) into a pair of physical two-way defensemen at picks 82 (Mike Vukojevic) and 118 (Case McCarthy),and super-skilled Russian winger Arseni Gritsyuk at 129. Keep in mind that was after he grabbed a pair of Russian three-zone defenders in Nikita Okhotyuk (61st) and Daniil Misyul (70th). Winger Graeme Clarke (80th) has goal-scoring potential, and Providence overage flanker Tyce Thompson (96th) is excellent along the boards and wears down bigger defenders.Two of the best picks made by any team in the later rounds were made by the Devils — speedy sniper Patrick Moynihan (158th) and versatile, 200-foot winger Nikola Pasic (189th). Rounding out Shero’s grand-slam draft class is project goalie Cole Brady (127th), who will play college hockey at Arizona State. Grade: ANew York IslandersHey, Islanders, your 1994 front office called. They want their draft class back. All kidding aside, you have to wonder what in the world the Islanders were thinking. Did Lou Lamoniello put a moratorium on scouting players so that he and his staff can take in mandatory viewings of the 2000 Devils’ Stanley Cup run? After smashing the 2018 draft with a class loaded with smarts, skill and speed, the Islanders did some funky things with their picks in 2019, beginning with finesse (and oft-injured) winger Simon Holmstrom, who was taken at least a full round ahead of far more competitive and equally-skilled Superelit counterparts. Defenseman Samuel Bolduc (57th) is a specimen for sure, and he can scoot and hammer the puck as well as any draft-eligible defender. But he too may have been taken earlier than most of us expected, and the Isles are obviously not as concerned with his defensive-zone shortcomings. As for forward Reece Newkirk (147th), you hear differing opinions on whether or nor his impressive production as a winger was mostly from superior linemates`or the fact that he worked his way up to that privilege via good work ethic and finishing skills. He’s also a pugilist, which could explain why Lou approved the pick in the first place.The Islanders finished up with a pair of double-overage CHL forwards in playmaking center Felix Bibeau (178th) and aggressive two-winger Cole Coskey (209th) — good players for major junior but already behind the curve by the time they get to the AHL. Again, it seemed odd that they drafted only one skilled forward from the 2001 year group, and that one forward already has an uphill climb to validate where he was picked. At first glance, it appears Bolduc has the highest potential out of any of the Isles 2019 picks. Grade: DNew York RangersThe Blueshirts drafted Kaapo Kakko. Naturally, this is going to be a home-run grade regardless, but credit has to be given to GM Jeff Gorton and staff for producing the franchise’s most exciting draft class in decades. Not only does Kakko (2nd) give the Rangers the kind of potential superstar they normally have to trade for or sign when they’re north of 30 years old, but he also serves as the centerpiece of a rebuild that began less than two years ago. Is Kakko ready to make his mark on the NHL while making Madison Square Garden loud again? All signs point in that direction, but don’t sleep on the rest of his 2019 draft peers who joined him at the Rangers’ draft table. Although it was a bit of a surprise when Gorton selected mobile two-way defenseman Matthew Robertson (49th), the depth in defense prospects already within the organization should not take away from the fact that he is a borderline first-round prospect with top-pairing potential.They took two more defenders in crafty power-play specialist Zachary Jones (68th) and project blueliner Hunter Skinner (112th). But the real prizes of the draft after Kakko may turn out to be a pair of Nordic speed burners in Swedish center Karl Henriksson (58th) and Finnish winger Leevi Aaltonen. Mammoth center Adam Edstrom (161st) is a ways away from developing the speed and hands to keep up with the NHL’s pace, but 200-foot forward Eric Ciccolini (205th) is a deft stickhandler and playmaker whose potential is high despite being one of the last players chosen. Kakko is the obvious headliner, but the rest of the picks combine to make this one of the best Rangers draft classes in years. Grade: AOttawa SenatorsIt’s common for an organization to play it safe at the draft when they already possess ridiculous prospect depth at both the NHL and farm levels. Such is the case with Ottawa, which may have missed out on a high-end pick but still had three selections in the top 37 to make up for it. Hard-shooting defenseman Lassi Thomson (19th) was a slight reach for the middle of the first round, but he can control the flow of a game, deliver a big shot and also help maximize the abilities of his forwards. Two-way center Shane Pinto (32nd) plays a similar game to current Sens’ phenom Colin White, so the attraction is understandable even if he was taken higher than expected. Danish netminder Mads Sogaard (37th) was the second goalie off the board and rightfully so, as he is one of the few in his class with both No. 1 potential and the shortest path to the big show.Their final three picks were either obscure or random, beginning with smooth-skating center Viktor Lodin (94th), a guy with soft hands and size who spent the entire season as a depth player for Orebro in the SHL. Double-overage winger Mark Kastelic (125th) is a gritty three-zone power forward with deceptive puck skills, and defenseman Maxence Guenette (187th) has good size and excellent mobility but plays it safe far too often. Grade: BPhiladelphia FlyersThe prediction that the Flyers were willing to move the 11th overall pick came to fruition on Day 1, when GM Chuck Fletcher shipped it to Minnesota for the 14th and 45th selections. Fletcher later moved No.’s 45 and 65 for pick No. 34, and his first two choices of the 2019 draft were wallops — puck-moving defenseman Cam York (14th), an elite playmaker and point producer, and puck wizard Bobby Brink (34th). Fletcher grabbed two more defenseman with his next two picks, beginning with an absolute beast in hard-shooing overager Ronnie Attard (72nd). Mason Millman (103rd) is a reach but a solid defender nonertheless, and wingers Egor Serdyuk and overager Bryce Brodzinski can serve as either shooters or set-up men. Of course, the Flyers had to take a goalie, and that honor went to overager Roddy Ross from the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.Former GM Rox Hextall did a good job filling the prospect pool with high-end talent, and the additions by Fletcher of the likes of York, Brink and Attard just made it even deeper. Grade: B+Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Penguins were in uncharted waters when they held on to their first-round pick, and the selection of three-zone specimen Samuel Poulin (21st) was the first step made by a team looking to make themselves tougher to play against. They stuck with the grit-and-sandpaper theme by adding goal-scoring winger Nathan Legare (74th) and versatile 200-foot forward Judd Caulfield (145th), and later closed it out with a pair of skilled overage Finns — winger Valtteri Puustinen (203) and puck mover Santeri Airola (211).Although they completely ignored the critical center-ice and goaltending positions, I actually like the players the Pens walked away with. Grade: BSan Jose SharksThe Sharks have the reputation as being one of the league’s top developers of draft and free-agent talent, so it’s tough to question any of the picks they made, even if some went a little higher than I expected. Defenseman Artemi Knyazev (48th) is an explosive puck mover and power-play quarterback who I hated keeping out of my top-62, and his smooth transition to the North American game makes me think he’s closer to the NHL than I originally may have throught. Power winger Dillon Hamaliuk (55th) was a minor shock to me because his less-than-ideal mobility and knee injury made me think he had a slim chance of getting drafted. But his effort, physicality and deceptive puck skills obviously helped him vault to the top of San Jose’s board. Two-way center Yegor Spiridonov (108th) was a first-rounder for me all season long. He’s got size, strength, excellent awareness in all three zones and an impressive shot-release combination.The most exciting player to watch with the puck out of all their picks, however, may be winger Timur Ibragimov (164th), but his lack of balance and avoidance of the inside, coupled with a marginal postseason with quality linemates, knocked him way out of my rankings. My favorite pick of them all, however, was speedy Finnish defenseman Santeri Hatakka (184), who can fly and deliver the puck with precision no matter how fast he’s motoring up ice. Give the Sharks credit — they identified players in every round with skill and came away with nice pieces only a month after challenging for a Stanley Cup. Grade: B+MORE: Best, worst picks from the first roundSt. Louis BluesThe Blues won the Stanley Cup and didn’t own their first rounder, so picking late in every round without the benefit of a top-31 selection puts the onus on the staff to come away with some quality pieces later on. They started out well in Round 2 by taking underrated center Nikita Alexandrov (62nd) and top goalie prospect Colten Ellis (93rd) in the third. Winger Keean Washkurak (155th) is a hard-nosed forward with an infectious on-ice persona who has a high success rate when he pressures defenders behind the net. St. Louis took another goalie in Vadim Zherenko (208th), who played incredibly well despite starting the season buried in Dynamo Moscow’s depth chart.Lastly, the selection of finesse winger Jeremy Michel (217th) was a good value pick when you consider his puck skills and skating abilities. Nothing jaw dropping nor egregious went on at the Blues’ draft table, so the grade will be as nondescript as their draft results. Grade: B-Tampa Bay LightningThe Bolts don’t own many weaknesses at any level within their organization, so one can say they were playing with house money at the draft. Of course, scouting departments rarely, if ever, approach the process that way. But Tampa made some puzzling picks when you consider were they were drafting and who was available. For starters, they drafted power winger Nolan Foote a full round before where most expected him to go. Still, the kid is a player, and the NHL bloodlines from his father Adam, plus the fact that older brother Callan was himself a Bolts first-rounder in 2017, likely contributed to scouting director Al Murray taking him late in the first round. We’ll have to wait and see if his lack of foot speed will hinder his NHL development. Tampa moved on by grabbing big-game Swedish goalie Hugh Alnefelt (71st) with their next pick, then used another third-rounder on hard-shooting winger Maxim Cajkovic (89th) — a preseason first rounder whose stats suffered because of the thin roster he was leaned on to carry. They also drafted a pair of quality two-way defensemen who can run a power play in overager Max Crozier (120th) and Quinn Schliemann (182nd).A surprising pick, however, even for the late rounds, was double-overage winger Mikhail Shalagin (198th) who clearly took advantage of his size and a third-full year in junior hockey to become a lethal scorer in the MHL. What wasn’t as big a shock was that the Bolts ignored an injury issue and drafted former Shattuck star and Denver recruit McKade Webster (213th), a dynamic presence with the puck who plays hard and competes whistle to whistle. Grade: B+Toronto Maple LeafsHats off to Kyle Dubas and staff for not drafting a single player taller than 5-foot-11 and making sure every prospect in his 2019 class can create magic with the puck. Why is that important? Take a look around amateur and junior hockey circles, and you’ll find an overwhelming number of smaller players who can offer quickness instead of brute strength. Eventually, it’ll catch up to the NHL and influence the height and weight measurements you’ll see on rosters. With that in mind, there weren’t many undersized playmakers as exciting with the puck as Peterborough winger Nicholas Robertson (53rd), while defenseman Mikko Kokkonen (84th) is as steady as they come when it comes to getting the puck out cleanly and in a timely manner.Import center Mikhail Abramov (115th) is an excellent passer and playmaker in the offensive zone, and double-overage center Nick Abruzzese is consistent at executing odd-man rushes and precision plays on the power play. Defenseman Mike Koster (146th) needs to clean up his defensive-zone play, but the kid can motor and create off the rush with the best of them. Lastly, Finnish puck rusher Kalle Loponen (204th) is an absolute steal late in the seventh round. A solid draft for a team that didn’t even have a first rounder. Grade: A-Vancouver CanucksThe Canucks have a lot of talent within their system but have an obvious void at the center-ice position once you move past Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson. They didn’t necessarily address that in a draft loaded with quality pivots, but hard-nosed Russian winger Vasily Podkolzin (10th) was the right choice when you consider what he brings to the table and the kind of skill sets already within the organization. Complimenting Podkolzin’s in-your-face style is energetic winger Nils Holglander (40th), who was a regular for Rogle in the SHL and made things happen with his quickness, escapability and sick hands near the goal. Addtionally, power forward Ethan Keppen (122nd) is another value pick when you consider how the kid was able to produce against top matches on a thin Flint squad. One of GM Jim Benning’s questionable picks was overage center Carson Focht (133rd), who is a nice complimentary piece and emerged as a productive player but one who shouldn’t have been the first center chosen by the Canucks, especially when you see Harrison Blaisdell, Matvei Guskov, Owen Lindmark and Josh Nodler still on the board.Latvian goalie Arturs Silovs (156th) is an excellent positional goalie who holds his ground under intense pressure, and he may end up surprising some people down the road. Benning also made two additional quality picks in the sixth round with skilled winger Karel Plasek (175th) and tough winger Jack Malone (180th). He continued with the size and toughness theme, however, by taking overage winger Aidan McDonagh, and his last pick — Swedish two-way center Arvid Costmar (215th) could also turn out to be a late-round steal. Grade: B+Vegas Golden KnightsGeorge McPhee may no longer be the Knights’ GM, but any team being run by this guy always seem to come away with excellent draft hauls. For starters, Vegas landed a huge steal when 200-foot playmaker Peyton Krebs (17th) slipped out of the top 10 and into their laps in the middle of the first. Mobile defender Kaedan Korczak (41st) was one of the top one-on-one rearguards available, but he also contributes in other areas beyond neutralizing opposing zone entries or delivering a hard check into the boards. Speaking of draft-day thievery, it was borderline inexplicable that Russian-trained winger Pavel Dorofeyev (79th) fell to the middle of the third round. He has big-time skill and the smarts to match it. It’s also interesting that McPhee and new GM Kelly McCrimmon drafted mobile blueliner Layton Ahac (86th), who was a big reason why Colorado draftee Alex Newhook was neutralized in their BCHL playoff series.Want another example of first-round quality in later rounds? How about swift-skating playmaker Ryder Donovan (110th), a Wisconsin recruit who can skate extremely well for his size but also possesses keen vision and passing accumen. Goalie Isaiah Saville (135th) is one of the most poised teenage goalies you’ll find, and he was the reason Team USA won gold at the World Jr. “A” Challenge, and fellow USHL’er Marcus Kallionkieli (139th) is a jersey-flapping sniper similar to former Finnish imports Sampo Ranta and Eeli Tolvanen. Massive power-center Mason Primeau (141st) was the final piece to an outstanding draft class that in a few years may force many western conference teams to ponder and regret them moves they could have made. Grade: AWashington CapitalsYou don’t need double-digit picks in a single year to walk away with a solid grade, and the Capitals are proof that you still can make a splash at the draft while maintaining a contending NHL team. They took an excellent offensive center in London’s Connor McMichael (25th), who in comparison to former Knight Robert Thomas outproduced the 2017 first rounder by a significant margin. Double-overage power winger Breet Leason (56th) went a lot lower than most of us predicted, which is good news for the Caps as they walk away with the WHL’s most complete player and an intense competitor. Center Aliaksei Protas (91st) was Leason’s center for the second half of the season and both were critical in Prince Albert winning the WHL finals and advancing to the Memorial Cup.Finishing up their understrength draft class was decisive two-way blueliner Martin Hugo Has (153rd), who has puck-rushing capabilities but also can man a top pairing and shut down dangerous opposing lines. Grade: A-Winnipeg JetsThe Jets walked away with one of the draft’s most explosive defenseman in Ville Heinola (20th), and added a steadying presence on the blueline in the second round with big Swedish rearguard Simon Lundmark (51st), who may have been a bit of a reach but a crisp outlet passer nonetheless. The Jets and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff love size at every position, so massive two-way center Henri Nikkanen (113th) is a good fit in that regard. A personal favorite of mine and a late-round value pick is two-way center Harrison Blaisdell (134th), a North Dakota recruit with excellent speed and a nose for the net. And finally, Cheveldayoff took a goalie after Round 4 for the fourth straight draft, this time selecting BCHLer Logan Neaton (144th). Grade: B+ NHL Draft 2019: Complete list of picks for rounds 1-7 The 2019 NHL Draft has come and gone in a Vancouver minute, and although it will take several years to determine the real winners and losers from the annual two-day event, it’s worth a shot to predict each team’s overall performance.As expected, Jack Hughes went to the New Jersey Devils with the first overall pick, and the New York Rangers took an impressive consolation prize in Finnish power winger Kaapo Kakko. The rollercoaster ride of emotion and excitement soon followed, with several top-rated prospects going either higher (Kirby Dach to the Blackhawks at No. 3) or lower (Cole Caufield to Montreal at 15th overall) than assumed.