The Colorado Avalanche will have seven total picks, including the 17th overall selection in the first round, when the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is held this Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
The first round of the 2010 Entry Draft will take place on Friday beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT (televised on VERSUS). Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. MT (NHL Network).
“We are very pleased with our recent drafts and will be looking to build upon that success with this year’s class,” said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Pracey. “As always, our goal is to select the best available players and we will have that same approach this year.”
The Avalanche will have one pick each in the first round (17th overall), second round (47th), third round (77th) and fourth round (107th). The club will have two selections in the fifth round (137th and 139th – acquired from Los Angeles) and one pick in the seventh round (197th). Colorado traded its sixth-round pick to Carolina.
Only once has the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise ever picked No. 17, back in 1998, when the Avs took defenseman Martin Skoula with the second of their four first-round picks that June.
A year ago, Colorado selected Matt Duchene
with the third overall selection in the 2009 Entry Draft, followed by Ryan O’Reilly with the 33rd overall pick. Both players spent the entire 2009-10 season with the Avalanche.
The Avalanche’s 2010 Stanley Cup Playoff roster featured 16 players who were drafted by the franchise, including recent first rounders Duchene and Chris Stewart (2006) and recent second rounders O’Reilly, T.J. Galiardi (2007), Paul Stastny
(2005) and Ryan Stoa
Visit www.coloradoavalanche.com for complete coverage of the Avalanche’s 2010 draft, including on-site interviews and coverage from Los Angeles. The Avalanche’s official website will also link to NHL.com’s live audio and video streams throughout the two days.