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Avalanche Selects Nils Aman 167th Overall in 2020 NHL Draft

Forward is playing professionally in Sweden

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche selected center Nils Aman with the 167th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old from Avesta, Sweden, split last season between three leagues in his home country. He spent the majority of the time with Leksands IF's under-20 team in the SuperElit junior league, appearing in 30 contests and registering 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists). He also played eight professional games with Leksands' senior team in the Swedish Hockey League and six contests with Karlskrona in Allsvenskan, the country's second-tier pro league.

Aman, who is 6-foot-2 and 179 pounds, made his professional debut with Leksands in 2018-19 and helped the franchise achieve a promotion from Allsvenskan to the SHL that year. He has played four games with Leksands in the SHL this season.

Aman was rated No. 38 among International skaters on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top draft-eligible prospects.

The sixth-round pick was originally the Florida Panthers' that Colorado acquired along with Derick Brassard in a trade on Feb. 25, 2019. The Avs sent its own 2020 third-round pick (No. 87) to the Panthers as part of that deal.

Avalanche Draft Central has complete coverage of Colorado's 2020 picks at This year's draft was held virtually due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic.

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