When the Colorado Avalanche opened the 2020 NHL Draft by selecting defenseman Justin Barron with the 25th overall pick, director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple had a feeling that this year's event would be favorable for the Avs.
Colorado drafted five players in total in 2020, selecting Barron in the first round before adding forwards Jean-Luc Foudy, Colby Ambrosio, Ryder Rolston and Nils Aman in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds respectively.
"I said last night when we got Justin Barron at 25, it made me feel like today was going to be a good day for some reason. I don't know what it was. Maybe it was getting that guy at 25 and not having a second-round pick, and getting somebody that we really coveted kind of made up for not having the second-round pick," Hepple said after the draft concluded on Wednesday. "Then when Jean-Luc Foudy and Colby Ambrosio drop, it's like 'whoa, this is getting good.' Then to be able to pick Ryder Rolston and get that guy that we like--the game, we like how he plays with speed--we were very happy. And then to get the big center (Aman) that we can leave in Europe and develop, it's a win-win for everybody. For us, the Avs, and the prospect."