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Avs Select Seven Players at 2009 Draft

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The Colorado Avalanche made seven selections at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft held Friday and Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, including three of the first 49 picks and the No. 3 overall choice.

Following is a complete list of the Avalanche’s selections at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

#    Rd   Pick     Player                      Pos    Team (League)
1.    1    3           Matt Duchene          C        Brampton (OHL)
2.    2    33         Ryan O’Reilly          C        Erie (OHL)
3.    2    49        Stefan Elliott             D       Saskatoon (WHL)
4.    3    64        Tyson Barrie             D       Kelowna (WHL)
5.    5    124      Kieran Millan           G        Boston University (Hockey East)
6.    6    154      Brandon Maxwell    G        U.S. NTDP (USA)
7.    7    184      Gus Young               D       Noble and Greenough School (Mass.)

Colorado drafted two players from the Ontario Hockey League, two from the Western Hockey League, one from Hockey East (NCAA), one from the U.S. National Team Development Program and one from the high school ranks. Overall, the Avs wound up with two forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
“I’m very proud of the job our staff did at this year’s draft and excited about the group of players we selected,” said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Pracey. “We were looking forward to this event and believe the weekend was a success.”

The Avalanche selected center Matt Duchene with the third overall pick in the first round, the club’s highest draft pick since moving to Colorado in 1995. Duchene, who was ranked as the No. 2 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, completed his second season with the Brampton Battalion (OHL) in 2008-09. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound forward finished third on the Battalion in scoring with 79 points (31g/48a) in 57 games. A native of Haliburton, Ontario, Duchene added 26 points (14g/12a) in 21 playoff games.

With its two second round picks, the Avalanche selected Erie (OHL) center Ryan O’Reilly with the 33rd overall selection and then tabbed Saskatoon (WHL) defenseman Stefan Elliott with the 49th overall pick (from Calgary, originally Montreal’s choice).

The 6-foot, 200-pound O’Reilly is described by NHL Central Scouting as a player who “really believes in the team winning, not himself.” O’Reilly served as an assistant captain for Erie during the 2008-09 season and helped lead the club to its first postseason berth since 2005 by recording 66 points (16g/50a) in 68 games. The Clinton, Ontario native participated in both the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic and the CHL Top Prospects Game. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka tournament and also served as Canada’s captain at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Elliott, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound blueliner, was the 17th ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. The Vancouver, B.C. native tied for sixth among WHL defensemen in scoring during the 2008-09 campaign, totaling 55 points (16g/39a) in 71 games. Elliott took part in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game, won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka tournament and also represented his country at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.The Avalanche used its third-round pick (64th overall) to select Tyson Barrie, a defenseman from Kelowna (WHL). A 5-foot-10, 190-pound blueliner, Barrie recorded 52 points (12g/40a) in 68 regular season games and added 18 points (4g/14a) in 22 postseason contests to help lead Kelowna to the WHL Championship and a berth in the 2009 Memorial Cup. A native of Victoria, B.C., Barrie is the son of Tampa Bay co-owner and President Len Barrie, who played 184 NHL games over seven seasons with Philadelphia, Florida, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
Colorado picked up a pair of goaltenders with its next two choices, selecting Kieran Millan in the fifth round (124th overall) and then taking Brandon Maxwell with its sixth-round choice (154th overall).

Millan backstopped Boston University (Hockey East) to the 2009 NCAA national championship as a freshman, posting a 29-2-3 record with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. The 6-foot, 190-pound Millan led all NCAA netminders with a .897 winning percentage and ranked fifth nationally in goals-against average. The Edmonton, Alberta native was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year and also earned Hockey East Second Team All-Star laurels.

Maxwell spent the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, based out of Ann Arbor, Mich. A 6-foot, 195-pound netminder, Maxwell posted a combined 22-14-1 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and .891 save percentage while playing for the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. The Winter Park, Fla., native led Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship by posting a 4-0-1 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average in five contests.

Colorado rounded out the draft by picking defenseman Gus Young in the seventh round (184th overall). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound blueliner was ranked 136th among North American skaters by Central Scouting. The Dedham, Mass., native played in 29 games for Noble and Greenough School (Mass.) in 2008-09, totaling 34 points (5g/29a).

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