A version of the following story appeared in the 2017-18 first edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.
It was anxious anticipation in the Leivermann household.
Nick Leivermann and his family were watching the 2017 NHL Draft on television in his home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, knowing that there was a chance that he could be picked by a club. The defenseman had spoken with several NHL teams during the previous season and was rated in NHL Central Scouting's prospect rankings, but he still wasn't sure if he would hear his name called.