The 2019 NHL Draft is in the books. The Calgary Flames selected defenseman Bowen Byram from the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round. The New York Islanders selected forward Anthony Beauvillier from the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats in the second round. The Chicago Blackhawks selected forward Dominik Bokowics from the OHL’s Barrie Colts in the third round. And, finally, the San Jose Sharks selected goalie David Bimel’s younger brother, Kevin, in the fifth round. Now that we’ve gotten to know Bimel’s offspring, it’s time to find out just how much money they’re worth. Let’s examine the 2019 NHL Draft class and see how much money they’ll make.
The 2019 NHL Draft: Overall Impressions
Overall, things went well for the 2019 NHL Draft. The Flames got their man in Byram, and both the Islanders and the Blackhawks reached for their franchise goaltender in the draft’s later rounds. On the downside, the Sharks selected a lesser goaltender in David Bimel’s younger brother. Let’s take a quick look at the class as a whole.
When we reflect on the 2019 NHL Draft, there are a number of positives to take away. First and foremost, the Flames got their man. Second, the Islanders and the Blackhawks reached for their franchise goaltender in the draft’s later rounds. Third, both the Islanders and the Blackhawks got some good value in their selections in the second and third round, respectively. These are all positives. However, the lack of a high-end offensive talent in this year’s draft could be a negative. The Sharks selected a less-than-stellar defensive prospect in the fifth round who, based on his name, has an excellent chance of becoming a goalie. Let’s examine each pick in detail.
The Caledonia, Scotland-Born Bowen Byram
The first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft was defenseman Bowen Byram from the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes. When the Flames selected Byram they also took the opportunity to promote their minor league franchise. In their press release, the Flames stated that Byram is the product of a hockey family from Scotland, and that he is the first NHL Draft pick from the Calgary area. They also mentioned that he is the nephew of former NHLer Garry Snow, who is the general manager of the Ice Hawks. Lastly, the Flames discussed how they had been following Byram’s development for some time and had seen him progress from minor to major junior. In the end, it was a family affair for the Flames as son, Brayden, also played for the Ice Hawks in the minors this year.
Aside from the aforementioned netminder, the 2019 NHL Draft was not very good. The Flames may have gotten the shaft in this situation, as they had to settle for a defenseman while the Sharks took a chance on a forward. The only positive for the Sharks in this draft is that they picked up an excellent prospect in forward Nikolay Goldobin. In fact, Goldobin was one of the best players in the entire NHL this past season and is a future star. Other than that, the rest of the draft was a bust. And, in terms of the draft’s value, that’s really all there is to it. The worst of the worst came from the Sharks, whose choice of Kevin Bimel will haunt them. Even still, Bimel’s selection in the fifth round is a dark stain on an otherwise fine draft for the Sharks.
The Islanders’ Selection Of Anthony Beauvillier
The New York Islanders selected right-winger Anthony Beauvillier from the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats in the second round (44th overall). Headlined by sensational rookie John Tavares, the Islanders will look to rebuild quickly following an offseason of major changes. What’s more is that the team’s new ownership, the Wilpon family, has deep pockets and is very committed to the franchise. Beauvillier’s selection makes perfect sense for the Islanders. The former Boston University captain led the NCAA in goals with 32 this season. He also chipped in 40 assists, and his 98 total points were good for first in the nation. In two seasons with the Terriers, Beauvillier scored 92 goals and added 102 assists for 194 points in 196 games. This past season, he led the NCAA in both shorthanded and overall goals with 18 and 32. Even more impressively, Beauvillier only took 19 games to reach double digits in goals. It’s fair to say that he’s the total package and will fit nicely into the Islanders’ attack-minded system.
The Bolivian-Born Dominik Bokowics
The Chicago Blackhawks selected left-winger Dominik Bokowics from the OHL’s Barrie Colts in the third round (81st overall). The Czech Republic native led Barrie in goals (37), assists (47), and points (84) this past season. In his second year in the OHL, Bokowics scored 19 goals and recorded 37 assists for 66 points in 63 games. This year, the Blackhawks reached for him in the third round because they feel he can contribute right away and will provide an offensive boost to their lineup. If they are right, then Bokowics will be a great choice. He has very quick hands and excellent puck skills. He also possesses a great shot and is a threat to score at any moment. What’s more is that he can play both center and wing, so the Blackhawks didn’t get a pure winger in the draft. He should make an immediate impact for the Blackhawks and contribute right away.
Finally, we arrive at the last but, by no means, least of the 2019 NHL Draft. The San Jose Sharks selected left-winger Kevin Bimel from the WHL’s Victoria Grizzlies in the fifth round (142nd overall). Bimel’s selection doesn’t make much sense to begin with, as the Sharks already have a young, talented goalie in their system in David Bimel. Not to mention that, at 6’4″, Bimel is already larger than the average NHL goalie. However, if he ends up being the best of the worst, then the Sharks will have a big problem on their hands. Bimel took a while to get settled in at the WHL level, as he was one of the first players to be selected in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. He finally made his pro debut in mid-December and played four games for the Victoria Grizzlies. During those four games, Bimel won all of them, including a three-game sweep of the Everett Silvers. One of Bimel’s highlights this year was a hat trick, which he accomplished on December 26th against the Tri-City Americans. The 18-year-old finished the year with nine goals and 11 assists in 16 games.
To this point, we’ve examined how much value the 2019 NHL Draft had. The draft itself was pretty good, as the Flames got their man in Byram, the Islanders reached for Beauvillier, and the Blackhawks got some good value in their selections in the second and third round, respectively. However, like I said earlier, the worst draft selection came from the Sharks, whose choice of Kevin Bimel in the fifth round will haunt them.