Colorado Avalanche amateur scouts closed out a three-day evaluation conference in Denver in preparation for the upcoming 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The annual scout meetings allow for face-to-face discussions among Avalanche scouting personnel in advance of preparing a final list to be used at next month’s draft in Montreal. The Avalanche is slated to pick third overall and owns three of the top 50 picks.
“These meetings represent a great opportunity for our staff to get together after spending all year covering the world of amateur hockey in North America and Europe,” said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Richard Pracey. “It was a very insightful three days as we begin pairing down a large list of players into a more concise one that we can work with heading into draft day.
“This will be a very exciting draft for this organization. As a group, we’re pleased with the preparation and work we’ve completed.”
Members of the Avalanche scouting staff are currently in Toronto for the NHL Draft Combine which runs through Saturday, May 30. In addition, Avalanche scouting personnel will conduct individual player interviews and make final evaluations in Montreal in the days prior to the start of the two-day draft event which begins on Friday, June 26.