The Colorado Avalanche made eight selections at the 2018 NHL Draft over the weekend in Dallas. Starting with Czech winger Martin Kaut, the team put an emphasize on adding players with a lot of high-end skill – picking a number of players that are viewed as true boom-or-bust prospects.

The Avalanche picked five forwards, one defensemen and two goaltenders at this year’s draft.

It is clear that Joe Sakic relied heavily on his European scouts as the team drafted three Russians, two Finns, one Canadian and kid from Raleigh, North Carolina to go along with Kaut.

This is a far departure from the QMJHL-heavy drafts from the Patrick Roy era.

We will have a more in-depth look at each of the new prospects later this week, but in the meantime, here is a quick look at each of the selections from the 2018 Draft.

Martin Kaut – RW – 16th overall

Ranked 16th in Bob McKenzie’s final rankings, many people moved him down their lists due to a heart condition that caused Kaut to leave the draft combine early. With a clean bill of health, Kaut has already spoken about playing in North America next year with many assuming he’ll play for the Eagles. That said, Kaut is one of the more NHL ready prospects in the draft, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he makes the Avalanche out of training camp.

ETA: 2018-19

From Hockey Prospects Black Book:

Kaut is a physically mature winger who can take advantage of defenseman who are either flat-footed or caught out of position by using his speed. He has the ability to change gears deceptively and throw his opponents off as he’s capable of stopping-up or cutting directly to the net and mixing up his options with the puck on his

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