The Colorado Avalanche will have a total of six selections—including the 10th overall pick—when the 2016 NHL Draft takes place this Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
Colorado enters the draft with picks in the first round (10th overall), second (40th), third (71st), fifth (131st), sixth (161st) and seventh (191st). The Avs traded their fourth-round choice to Toronto in exchange for Shawn Matthias on Feb. 21, 2016.
| The Avalanche picked Mikko Rantanen 10th overall in 2015 (Dave Sandford/NHLI). |
The Avalanche will be selecting 10th overall for the second straight year, as the club took Mikko Rantanen at pick No. 10 in 2015. Rantanen went on to be the co-winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie for the 2015-16 season.
The last time Colorado held the same first-round choice in back-to-back drafts was 20 years ago, when the club took goalie Marc Denis 25th overall in 1995 and defenseman Peter Ratchuk at No. 25 in 1996.
The city of Buffalo is hosting the NHL draft for the first time since 1998. Colorado had four first-round choices in that draft: Alex Tanguay (12th overall), Martin Skoula (17th), Robyn Regehr (19th) and Scott Parker (20th). The Avs were the first NHL club since 1974 to select four players in the first round of a draft.
The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft will take place on Friday, June 24 beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network). Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 25 starting at 8:00 a.m. MT (NHL Network).
Visit the Avalanche’s official draft site, draft.coloradoavalanche.com for complete coverage of Colorado’s 2016 draft, including on-site interviews and coverage from Buffalo.