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Avalanche 2009 Draft Board

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
 The Colorado Avalanche kicked off its 2009 NHL Entry Draft by selecting center Matt Duchene from the Brampton Battalion with the No. 3 overall pick.

The following is a look at each of Colorado’s selections at the 2009 Entry Draft.

Matt Duchene
Center - Brampton (OHL)
First Round, 3rd Overall
5-11, 200 lbs – Shoots Left

Duchene is the highest draft pick for the Avalanche since the team moved to Colorado in 1995…Ranked No. 2  among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings…Recently completed his second season with Brampton, finishing third on the club with 79 points (31g/48a) in 57 games…Ranked second on the team in assists, third in goals and plus/minus (+32) and tied for the team lead in both power-play goals (12) and short-handed goals (4)…Added 26 points (14g/12a) in 21 playoff games, including a league-high six game-winning goals…Participated in the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic and the CHL Top Prospects Game…Voted the “Best Playmaker” and “Best Stickhandler” in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Coaches Poll…Also won gold medals with Team Canada at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament (where he served as captain) and the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

What They’re Saying About Duchene
Rick Pracey, Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting
“Matt is a very skilled, two-way player. We are very excited about adding him to our organization.”

Cameron Gaunce, fellow Avalanche prospect and Duchene’s OHL opponent
“Duchene is a tough player to go up against. He’s fast, can stickhandle and is very shifty. He scored a lot of goals this year that nobody else would have been able to score.”

He Said It
“This doesn’t even feel real. I don’t even know what’s going on right now.The Colorado Avalanche was my favorite team growing up and to be drafted by them is just unbelievable.”

Watch Duchene's Selection                Duchene Feature: A Great Fit
Duchene's Reaction                             5 Questions with Matt
GM Greg Sherman's Reaction   Feature: Big Splash

Ryan O’Reilly
Center - Erie (OHL)
Second Round, 33rd Overall
6-0, 200 lbs – Shoots Left

Finished the season with 66 points (16g/50a) in 68 games to help lead Erie to the postseason for the first time since 2005…Was the first overall selection in the 2007 OHL Draft and recorded 52 points (19g/33a) to earn his team’s Rookie of the Year honors in 2007-08…Older brother, Cal, was a fifth-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005…Sister, Tara, is captain of the Carleton University women’s hockey team…Represented Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, won gold at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka tournament and served as captain of Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

What They’re Saying About O’Reilly
NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
"He's very responsible defensively. He backchecks hard and he's very good at identifying his check in his own end. He's very good at the defensive end of the game."

Erie GM Sherry Bassin
"He's a special player. He's nowhere near the level he's going to be. He really accepts the challenge of getting better. He really believes in the team winning, not himself. I haven't had a kid that's so focused on preparation and just working on getting better. He's got such a work ethic you almost have to pull him away. We always talk about the will to prepare -- well, he's got a phenomenal will to prepare."

Stefan Elliott
Defenseman – Saskatoon (WHL)
Second Round, 49th Overall
6-1, 180 lbs – Shoots Right

Was the 17th ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings…Finished sixth in the WHL in scoring among defensemen in 2008-09, totaling 55 points (16g/39a) in 71 games…Recorded eight power-play goals and finished with a +20 plus/minus rating…Became the first ever Saskatoon Blade to be named the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year after maintaining a 93.3% school average in 2008-09…As a 16-year-old in 2007-08, Elliott tallied 40 points (9g/31a) in 67 games…Notched two assists for Team Canada as the squad won a gold medal at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka tournament and also represented his home country at the 2009 World Under-18 Championship.

What They’re Saying About Elliott
NHL Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire
"Stefan is your all-around, good NHL prospect defenseman. For the Saskatoon Blades, he is an equal mix of solid defense and good offense. Sometimes he is leading the rush, he has that capability, but more often he's supporting the rush or starting it with his good first pass out of the zone."

Saskatoon head coach and GM Lorne Molleken
"Stefan Elliott’s strengths include his skating ability, his snap shot and wrist shot, and his one-on-one defensive play. Stefan is a very intelligent player who uses his stick and body positioning to his advantage while in the defensive zone. He is not a physical player but his stick and body positioning make up for his lack in physical play. He possesses above average puck handling skills and can make a good first pass. Stefan is very good at quarterbacking a power play and his ability to read the play makes him an offensive threat."

Tyson Barrie
Defenseman – Kelowna (WHL)
Third Round, 64th Overall
5-10, 190 lbs – Shoots Right

Notched 52 points (12g/40a) in 68 games with Kelowna during the 2008-09 season, helping lead his club to the WHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup…Recorded 18 points (4g/14a) with a +18 rating in 22 postseason contests…In his rookie season of 2007-08, he tallied 43 points (9g/34a) and was selected to play for Team Pacific at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge…Prior to joining Kelowna, Barrie played Midget AAA hockey with the Juan De Fuca Grizzlies and compiled 130 points (43g/87a) in 72 games…Is the son of Tampa Bay co-owner and President Len Barrie, who played 184 NHL games with Philadelphia, Florida, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles…His uncle, Mike Barrie, was drafted with the 194th overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 1993.

Kieran Millan
Goaltender – Boston University (Hockey East)
Fifth Round, 124th Overall
6-0, 190 lbs – Catches Left

Backstopped Boston University to the NCAA national championship during the 2008-09 campaign...Appeared in 35 games for the Terriers as a freshman, posting a 29-2-3 record with a 1.94 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and three shutouts…Earned Hockey East Rookie of the Year honors and was also garnered Hockey East Second Team All-Star laurels...Led all NCAA goaltenders with a .897 winning percentage and ranked fifth in goals-against average…Played two seasons with Spruce Grove (AJHL) before arriving at Boston University.

Brandon Maxwell
Goaltender – U.S. National Under-18 Team
Sixth Round, 154th Overall
6-0, 195 lbs

Was the No. 8 ranked North American goaltender in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings…Maxwell has spent the past two seasons within USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program based out of Ann Arbor, Mich…Spent the majority of the 2008-09 campaign with the U.S. National Under-18 Team, posting a 14-8 record with a 3.27 goals-against average in 22 appearances…Also appeared in 15 games for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, posting an 8-6-1 mark with a 2.87 goals-against average…Led Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Kazan, Russia by notching a 4-0-1 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average in five appearances.

Gus Young
Defenseman – Nobles H.S. (Mass.)
Seventh Round, 184th Overall
6-2, 190 lbs

Appeared in 29 games for Noble and Greenough High School (Mass.) during the 2008-09 season, totaling 34 points (5g/29a)…Selected by the Indiana Ice in the United States Hockey League’s 2008 Futures Draft...Has secured a scholarship to play Division I hockey at Yale University.

Author: Craig Stancher

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