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2011 Avalanche Draft Picks

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Gabriel Landeskog

Left Wing – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
First round, 2nd Overall
6’1”, 204 lbs – Shoots Left

In 2010-11, Landeskog was limited to just 53 games in the regular season with Kitchener (OHL) due to a high ankle sprain…tallied 66 points (36g/30a) and led the team in goals and plus-minus (+27)…Led Rangers forwards in postseason points (6-4=10) in a seven-game loss to Plymouth…Was named captain of the Kitchener Rangers as a 17-year-old becoming the youngest in 30 years to wear the “C” and first European to captain the Rangers in its 48-year history…In 2009, represented Team Sweden at the 2009 World Under-18 Championships, finishing second on the team in goals (4)…In 2009-09, debuted in the Swedish Elite League in at 16 years and 90 days making him the youngest player in Djurgarden history.

What They’re Saying About Landeskog
Rick Pracey, Director of Amateur Scouting
“We are very excited about adding Gabriel to our organization.  He plays with character, he competes, he has tremendous skill and he plays at a high intensity level.  He is a physical player who initiates the contact and sticks up for his teammates.  There is a lot to like about his overall game.”

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
“He is a good-size guy who is solid on his skates, not afraid to take the puck to the net or battle for it along the boards.  He plays the game with so much passion, he plays the game hard, he's a great mentor for players that are younger and older, maturity beyond his years.  I think the team that gets him next year is going to get a player that helps them win a Stanley Cup.”

He Said it
“It’s a tremendous honor to be picked by the Colorado Avalanche.  Being part of an NHL team is a dream come true and I’m so excited.  I remember having Peter Forsberg up on my wall when I was a little kid and I also had the 2001 Stanley Cup winning team poster up in my room.  That's my goal to be in that picture one day and to be there with the Colorado Avalanche.  I'm very excited.”

Duncan Siemens
Defense – Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
First round, 11th Overall
6’3”, 196 lbs – Shoots Left

Siemens finished second among Saskatoon defense with 43 points (5g/38a) in 74 games…Tied for 10th in the league in plus-minus (+40)…Was voted an assistant captain to begin the season but chose to relinquish it to his defense partner and fellow Avalanche teammate Stefan Elliott (49th overall by Colorado), who was attending training camp at the time of the vote…Started the 2009-10 season as a 16-year-old tallying 20 points (3g/17a) in 57 games and was named Saskatoon’s Rookie of the Year…Helped lead Team Canada to gold at the 2010 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

What They’re Saying
Rick Pracey, Director of Amateur Scouting
“Duncan is a player we had targeted.  He has size, skating ability, grit, hockey sense and compete level.  We’re excited to have him join our organization.”

NHL Central Scouting’s Blair MacDonald
"Siemens is a strong, smooth skater with good composure and very poised under pressure. He's got good size and isn't afraid to use it. Duncan isn't overly offensive, but does play on the power play and moves the puck well. He gets shots through and is solid defensively, one-on-one.”

He Said It

“I’m extremely excited.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I couldn’t be more happy to be selected by the Colorado Avalanche.”

Joachim Nermark
Center – Linkoping Jr. (SWE-JR)
Fourth round, 93rd Overall
6’1”, 187 lbs – Shoots Left

Was the eighth ranked European skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings…In 2010-11 Nermark finished with 26 points (8g/18a) in 37 games…was the tournament scoring leader in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament  with 11 points (5g/6a) in five games helping Team Sweden earn Bronze

Garrett Meurs
Center – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Fifth round, 123rd Overall

5’10”, 169 lbs – Shoots Right
In 2010-11, finished the regular season with 41 points (10g/31a) with a +7 rating in 68 games ranking seventh in team scoring…In 2009-10, scored 34 points (16g/18a) in 62 games…Rated No. 79 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

Gabriel Beaupre

Defense – Val-D-‘Or (QMJHL)
Sixth round, 153rd Overall

6’2”, 199 lbs – Shoots Left
Tallied 18 points (3g/15a) with 73 PIM in 66 games with Val-D-‘Or (QMJHJL) in the 2010-11 season…had 0-1=1 points in four games in the postseason…In 2009-10, scored 7 points (2g/5a) with 94 PIM…The Levis, Quebec native also appeared in all four playoff contests for the Foreurs.

Dillon Donnelly
Defense – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Seventh round, 183rd Overall

Ranked fifth in the QMJHL in PIM (153)…tallied 8 points (1g/7a) in 63 games with the Cataractes…earned a point (0g/1a) with 12 PIM in nine postseason games…A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dillon’s father, Gord, was drafted 62nd overall in 1981 by St. Louis. Gord played for Quebec, Winnipeg, Buffalo and Dallas appearing in 554 games (28g/41a), totaling 2,069 penalty minutes.  He is currently a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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