I won't spend too much time here, as you can watch the full video above to see my thoughts on these picks and you're probably here from that video anyway, but first off, congratulations to the Colorado Avalanche for winning the Stanley Cup! Of course, as soon as this video was shot and edited, the Kevin Fiala trade shook things up a bit, but if you'd like to watch an out of date video going over the first round, much of the same thoughts are in there, and I commend your commitment!
If this is your first time reading one of my mock drafts, I essentially do two drafts at once. Once for what I believe the team could be thinking based on history and public info, and again for what I'd do if I were that team, trying to take into account what their development systems resonate best with from an outside perspective. I'll end the preamble there, and I hope you enjoy!
#1 - Montreal Canadiens