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Avs Draft Chris Stewart In First Round

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche selected forward Chris Stewart with the 18th overall selection in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Chris Stewart
Kingston · OHL
6'1", 228 lbs., Right Wing, shoots right
Born: October 30, 1987 in Toronto, Ontario
Central Scouting Service Final Ranking: 8 · Mid-Term Ranking: 8 · North American Skater

Central Scouting Report: A power forward who possesses a long, powerful stride ... is solid on his skates with good agility, has good balance - very good acceleration and speed and drives hard to the net ... is tough to move in front in the slot and is used on the powerplay with good success ... fights through checks, sees ice well and has been getting better at moving the puck through traffic ... has made steady improvement over the course of the last two seasons ... is a solid competitor both at home and on the road who will not be intimidated and will stick up for teammates ... has a physical presence who is strong and is able to separate opponents from the puck ... is an aggressive forechecker who finishes his checks with authority and can hurt an opponent with a solid hit ... has a good shot which he needs to use more at times as he looks to pass instead of shooting ... a great competitor who needs to show it more consistently ... signed as a free agent by Kingston ... voted to the 2006 CHL Top Prospects Game in Ottawa ... voted to the 2005 OHL All-Star game in Belleville.

Personal Profile: His brother Anthony plays for the Florida Panthers ... Nickname is Stewy ... favorite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs ... favorite player is Detroit's Brendan Shanahan ... wears #24 because it is his favorite number ... says that his brother has had the greatest influence on his career because he "always encouraged me to do my best and set good examples for me" ... patterns his game after Calgary's Jarome Iginla because he "will do anything to help his team win" ... outside of sports, most admires his mother for "raising seven healthy kids" ... most memorable hockey game watched was when Mark Messier held the Stanley Cup after the New York Rangers victory in Game 7 of the 1994 Final (vs. Vancouver) ... favorites include: Family Guy (TV show), Anchorman (movie), Will Ferrell (actor) and Green Day (musical group) ... if he could have dinner with any three people they would be: Wayne Gretzky - "greatest hockey player ever," Muhammad Ali - "best boxer ever," and Will Ferrell - "funniest guy ever."

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