16. Isac Lundestrom (C/LW) | Colorado Avalanche
Lulea HF, 6’0”, 185lbs | 42 games, 15pts (6G, 9A)
Lundestrom is a good pick up for the rebuilding-ish Avalanche. It’s amazing what they’ve been able to do in just a year. They went from the bottom of the league with a historically bad 48 point season to making the playoffs this year. We all thought it was going to be a long rebuild, but it looks like whatever they get in the draft will just supplement what they already have.
And depth at center is something they desperately need. Outside of 2018 Ted Lindsay Award finalist Nathan McKinnon, their depth down the middle is sparse. With Colorado’s nice uptick in form, they thankfully won’t need Lundstrom right away, cause he isn’t ready just yet.
17. Serron Noel (RW) | New Jersey Devils
Oshawa Generals, 6’5”, 200lbs | 62 games, 53pts (28G, 25A)
Size, strength, scoring. Serron Noel has all three. He’s a huge 6’5” 200lbs winger in the OHL who put up 53 points in 62 games played. It wasn’t a domination, but Noel was comfortably good in junior. His size will be a huge draw for teams hoping to add a pure power forward. That’s a big win for the not so physically imposing New Jersey Devils, outside of Brian Boyle that is.
18. Rasmus Kupari (C) | Columbus Blue Jackets
Karpat, 5’11”,165lbs | 39 games, 14pts (6G, 8A)
At 5’11” and 165lbs, Kupari isn’t going to be a physical presence for any team. But that doesn’t mean he can’t play. We’ve seen “undersized” players excel in this league for years. And with 14 points in 39 games playing in the Finnish top tier, Kuapari is showing he’s got the skill to keep up with bigger men.