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Avalanche Picks Drew Helleson 47th Overall

Defenseman played for the U.S. National Team Development Program

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--The Avalanche chose defenseman Drew Helleson with the No. 47 overall pick in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft on Saturday at Rogers Arena.

Helleson, 18, has played the past two years for the U.S. National Team Development Program. The blueliner recorded 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 64 total games in 2018-19 and won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship. The 6-foot-3, 194-pounder had three assists in seven games at the under-18 worlds.

He also won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

A product of Shattuck St. Mary's and the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, Helleson is set to play NCAA hockey next season with Boston College--the same school that Alex Newhook, Colorado's No. 16 overall pick, has also committed to.

Born in Farmington, Minnesota, he was rated as the No. 46th North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's final list.

The pick was the start of a busy second day at the draft for the Avalanche, which owns six picks, including three in Rounds 2 and 3.

Avalanche Draft Central has complete coverage of Colorado's 2019 picks at

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