The Colorado Avalanche enters the 2018 NHL Draft with a total of eight selections, including the No. 16 overall pick. This year's entry draft takes place at American Airlines Center in Dallas this Friday and Saturday, June 22-23. It is the first time the draft has been held in the state of Texas.
Colorado enters the weekend with four picks in the first 100 selections, owning one in the first round (16th overall), two in the second (47th and 58th) and one in the third (78th). In addition, the Avalanche also owns picks in the fourth (109th), fifth (140th), sixth (171st) and seventh (202nd) rounds.
The Avs gained their extra second rounder (58th) from the Nashville Predators on Nov. 5 in a three-team trade that also included the Ottawa Senators. Colorado also received defenseman Samuel Girard and forward Vladislav Kamenev from the Predators and sent Matt Duchene to Senators for prospect Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond, a first-round pick in the 2018 or 2019 draft and a 2019 third-round selection in 2019.
Ottawa has the choice to keep its first-round choice for this year's draft (No. 4 overall) or to send it to Colorado and retain its first for 2019. The Senators do not have to notify the Avalanche of which option they select until the fourth pick is on the clock.
The Avs have never selected 16th overall in franchise history. It is the latest Colorado has picked in the draft since 2014 (No. 23 overall, Conner Bleackley).
The first round of the 2018 NHL Draft will take place on Friday, June 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. MT (NBCSN). Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 23, starting at 9 a.m. MT (NHL Network).
For complete coverage of the draft, visit the team's official Avalanche Draft Central at ColoradoAvalanche.com/draft.