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Avalanche Selects Seven Players At 2017 Draft

Colorado chooses three forwards, three defensemen, one goalie

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO - The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club made seven selections at the 2017 NHL Draft held Friday and Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

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Avalanche Selects Nick Leivermann 187th Overall

The defenseman was Colorado's final pick of the 2017 NHL Draft

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO--The Colorado Avalanche chose defenseman Nick Leivermann in the seventh round (187th overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday.

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Avalanche Picks Denis Smirnov No. 156 Overall At 2017 NHL Draft

The Russian set freshmen records at Penn State in 2016-17

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO --The Colorado Avalanche picked forward Denis Smirnov with the 156th overall selection in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday at United Center.

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Avalanche Selects Shvyrev 125th Overall

The forward was taken in the fifth round

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO--The Colorado Avalanche picked Russian center Igor Shvyrev with the 125th selection at the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday.

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Avalanche Picks Petr Kvaca No. 114 Overall

Czech goaltender was Colorado's second choice in the fourth round

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO --The Colorado Avalanche picked goaltender Petr Kvaca with the 114th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday at United Center.

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Avalanche Picks Nick Henry 94th Overall At 2017 NHL Draft

The forward was selected in the fourth round

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO--The Colorado Avalanche selected forward Nick Henry of the Regina Pats (Western Hockey League) in the fourth round (No. 94 overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday.

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Avalanche Picks Conor Timmins No. 32 Overall At 2017 NHL Draft

The defenseman had 61 points for Sault Ste. Marie

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO--The Colorado Avalanche picked defenseman Conor Timmins with the No. 32 overall selection in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday at United Center. He was the first player chosen on the second day of the league's annual summer selection.

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Loyalty Important For Makar

The Avalanche's 2017 first-round draft pick is heading to UMass next season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO--There are a lot of qualities that NHL draft prospects possess.

Loyalty is one that was probably high on the Colorado Avalanche's list when it came to Cale Makar.

It's the reason why the defenseman is going to UMass next season before he exploded onto the amateur hockey scene the past two years. Loyalty helped him stay true to his Brooks Bandits teammates, helping win an Alberta Junior Hockey League championship, and become the highest drafted player in the league's history on Friday night.

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Cale Makar NHL Draft Transcript

by NHL @NHL / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Q. You've been gaining momentum the past few weeks. Did you think you could go as high as No. 4?

CALE MAKAR: To be honest, I didn't really know. I was coming in here, and I keep telling people it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I never knew what was going to happen, so it was just fun to sit in the stands.

Q. Did you ever get any inkling that the Avalanche would pick you at No. 4?

CALE MAKAR: I think my meeting went pretty well with them at the Combine, but other than that, yeah, I couldn't tell you. It's just kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing.

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Avalanche Selects Cale Makar In First Round

Defenseman taken fourth overall at 2017 NHL Draft

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CHICAGO--The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club selected defenseman Cale Makar (mah-KAR) with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft tonight at the United Center in Chicago.

Makar, 18, is the highest-ever draft pick from the Alberta Junior Hockey League, surpassing current Avalanche forward Joe Colborne (Camrose Kodiaks), who was selected by the Boston Bruins with the 16th overall pick in 2008.

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