The Colorado Avalanche will have the third overall pick in the first round, as well as three of the top 49 selections, when the 2009 NHL Entry Draft is held this Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The first round of the 47th annual hockey draft will take place on Friday beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT (first round will be televised on VERSUS). Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. MT (NHL Network).
“This is a critical draft for our franchise,” said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Pracey. “We are very excited about our position in this year’s draft and are looking to add an impact player in the first round. In addition, having two second-rounders will help us continue adding quality depth to our system.”
The third overall selection will be the highest pick for the Avalanche since the team moved to Colorado prior to the 1995-96 season. The last time the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise selected in the top three of any draft was 1991, when they picked No. 1 overall (Eric Lindros).
In fact, only four previous times has the franchise picked in the top three: 1988 (3rd overall - Curtis Leschyshyn), 1989 (1st overall – Mats Sundin), 1990 (1st overall – Owen Nolan) and 1991.
In addition to its first-round selection, the Avalanche will have two second-round choices: 33rd overall and 49th overall (from Calgary, originally Montreal’s choice). The Avs will have one pick in the third round (64th overall) and one each in the fifth (124th), sixth (154th) and seventh (184th) rounds. Colorado traded its fourth-round pick to Columbus as part of the Adam Foote deal on Feb. 26, 2008.
The club's official website, www.coloradoavalanche.com, will provide complete coverage of the Avalanche’s 2009 draft.