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Avalanche Completes 2007 Draft Class

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche concluded its second day at the NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Saturday afternoon with eight picks including three second-round selections. The Avalanche selected defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk with the 14th overall pick during the first round which took place Friday night.

This year's class includes one player from the U.S. National Team Development Program, three from the United States Hockey League, one from the Ontario Hockey League, two from Sweden, one from the college ranks and one from the high school ranks. Overall, Colorado’s 2007 draft class was made up of four forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.

Here is a summary of Saturday’s eight selections:

Colby Cohen (Second- Round, 45th overall)
Lincoln • USHL 6'2", 200 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: April 25, 1989 in Villanova, Pennsylvania
Final Ranking: 25 • Mid-Term Ranking: 27 • North American Skater

Cohen, 18, played in 53 games for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League in 2006-07, leading all USHL defensemen in scoring, with 60 points (13g/47a). Cohen was the second defenseman taken by the Avalanche in this year’s NHL Entry Draft (Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was the first with the 14th overall pick in the first round). At 6’2”, 200 pounds, Cohen was ranked in the top 25 for this year's draft according to the NHL Central Scouting Report.

Central Scouting Report: A skilled offensive defenseman… has good puck skills and a good shot from the point… makes good passes and sees the ice well… needs to improve his defensive positioning and the consistency of his work ethic.

Hockey Profile: Led all USHL defensemen in points with 60 (13-47-60) in 53 regular season games in 2006-07… was a member of the Under-17 U.S. NTDP in 2005-06, posting 21 points (8-13-21) in 65 games… was a member of Team USA at the 2006 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge winning a silver medal… will attend Boston University in the fall of 2007.


Season    Team        League    GP     G     A    PTS   PIM
2006-07    Lincoln    USHL        53   13    47     60    110
Trevor Cann (Second-round, 49th overall)
Peterborough • OHL 5'11", 199 lbs. Goaltender, catches left
Born: March 30, 1989 in Oakville, Ontario
Final Ranking: 2 • Mid-Term Ranking: 1 • North American Goaltender

Cann, 18, was the second ranked goalie in this year’s draft according to NHL Central Scouting. At 5’11”, 199 pounds, Cann finished last season with a 23-32-1-4 record with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. Cann was born on March 30, 1989 in Oakville, Ontario Canada.

Central Scouting Report: A butterfly goalie… gets set very quickly for shots… shows good durability and focus… has good rebound control and is aggressive with covering up loose pucks… plays with confidence… needs to be more consistent… needs to increase communication with his defenders.

Hockey Profile: Finished the season with 23 wins (23-32-1-4) and a .909 save percentage… was the youngest goalie selected to attend the Canadian National Junior Team selection camp in 2006… was the starting goaltender for Team Canada at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships in Finland… was named to the Eastern Conference Team for the OHL All-Star Classic in 2007… recorded a shutout with 23 saves for Team OHL at the Canada-Russia Challenge in 2006 - the OHL All-Stars beat the Russian All-Stars 5-0 in the first of two games… participated in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game as a member of Team White…backstopped Canada with a .67 goals-against-average and a .967save percentage, including a shutout in the gold medal game against Team USA at the 2006 Under-18 Junior World Cup… in his first season with the Peterborough Petes, posted 16 wins in 20 games played.


Season   Team                   Lge          GP     W       L    O/S   GAA   SO   SV%
2006-07   Peterborough   OHL          62     23    32       5     3.69     0     .909
T.J. Galiardi (Second-round, 55th overall)
Dartmouth • ECAC 6'2", 172 lbs. Wing, shoots left
Born: April 22, 1988 in Calgary, Alberta
Final Ranking: 31 • Mid-Term Ranking: 33 • North American Skater

Galiardi, 19, a winger from Dartmouth of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, was second in scoring with the Big Green in 2006-07, registering 31 points (14g/17a). Galiardi was also an all-star for the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 2005-06, recording 56 points in 56 games.  Galiardi was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 22, 1988.

Central Scouting Report: A shifty skater with very good puck skills… has soft hands and completes difficult passes through traffic… has a quick stick along the boards and a quick release shot… anticipates the play well and is determined when pursuing the puck… needs to add strength and size to his frame… needs to improve his acceleration.

Hockey Profile: Was second on his team and first in freshman scoring, posting 31 points (14-17-31) in 2006-07 with the Big Green – led the team with eight power play goals… was named ECAC’s Rookie-of-the-Week for the period ending Nov. 27, 2006… played for the Calgary Royals of the AJHL, posting 56 points (29-37-56) in 2005-06 and was a AJHL South All-Star.


Season    Team              League     GP      G        A     PTS   PIM
2006-07    Dartmouth    ECAC        29      11     13       24       28
Brad Malone (Fourth-round, 105th overall)
Sioux Falls • USHL 6'2", 207 lbs. Center/Left wing, shoots left
Born: May 20, 1989 in Miramichi, New Brunswick
Final Ranking: 57 • Mid-Term Ranking: 63 • North American Skater

Central Scouting Report: A power forward… has good puck protection skills… plays physical and drives hard to the net… is a good positional player…needs to improve his acceleration and mobility… needs to be more consistent with his effort.


Season    Team             League    GP     G    A   PTS    PIM
2006-07   Sioux Falls    USHL       57   14   19     33    134
Kent Patterson (Round-four, 113th overall)
Cedar Rapids • USHL 6'1 “, 184 lbs. Goalie, catches left
Born: September 15, 1989 in Plymouth, Minnesota
Final Ranking: 12 • North American Goaltender


Season    Team                   Lge          GP       W      L    OTL     GAA   SO
2006-07   Cedar Rapids    USHL       29      20      5       3       2.91      2
Paul Carey (Round-five, 135th overall)
Salisbury • High-CT 6'0 “, 175 lbs. Center, shoots left
Born: September 24, 1988 in Boston, Massachusetts
Final Ranking: 100 • Mid-Term Ranking: 94 • North American Skater


Season    Team          League       GP      G     A   PTS   PIM
2006-07   Salisbury    High-CT       24    16   11    27     16
Jens Hellgren (Round-six, 155th overall)
Frolunda Jr. • Sweden Jr. 6'3", 187 lbs. Defense, shoots left
Born: March 6, 1989 in Bjorbo, Sweden
Final Ranking: 17 • Mid-Term Ranking: 25 • European Skater

Central Scouting Report: A smooth skating defenseman…plays with confidence and has improved his quickness…moves the puck well and has good hockey sense…effective on the power-play and has a good work ethic…needs to use his size to his advantage…competed at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships and the 2006 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament with Team Sweden.


Season    Team                League     GP     G     A    PTS   PIM
2006-07    Frolunda Jr.    SWE Jr.     40     4      6      10     26
Johan Alcén (Round-seven, 195th overall)
Frolunda Jr. • Sweden Jr. 6'2", 191 lbs. Forward, shoots right
Born: November 3, 1988 in Sandviken, Sweden
Final Ranking: 164 • European Skater


Season    Team                  League                      GP     G     A    PTS   PIM
2006-07    Brynäs IF J20   Superelit  (SWE)      26    17    29    46      46
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