2019 NHL mock draft: Chris Peters’ final first-round predictions The final mock ahead of the NHL draft is always the most difficult to pin down. At this stage, teams are tightening up their information, with smokescreens and misdirection thrown out into the public space to shake things up. And the wide range of opinions on this 2019 draft class makes it even trickier. Here’s my final prediction for how Friday’s first round will go, not necessarily how I think it should go. The Devils are on the clock . 1. New Jersey Devils Jack Hughes, C, USA U18 (NTDP) The Devils get their franchise center and an easily marketable star all wrapped into one.