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Good Vibes Started Early for Avs at 2020 Draft

Colorado selected five skaters in the virtual draft

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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."

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Avalanche Selects Five Players at 2020 NHL Draft

Colorado chooses four forwards and one defenseman

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club made five selections at the 2020 NHL Draft held Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Avalanche Selects Nils Aman 167th Overall in 2020 NHL Draft

Forward is playing professionally in Sweden

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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.

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Colorado Selects Ryder Rolston at 139th Overall in 2020 NHL Draft

The forward spent the 2019-20 season with Waterloo in the USHL

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche chose forward Ryder Rolston with the No. 139 overall pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Wednesday.

Rolston, 18, spent the 2019-20 season with the Waterloo Black Hawks and recorded 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 42 contests, his first campaign in the United States Hockey League. He registered 158 shots on net in the campaign, the most on the Black Hawks and third-most in the league.

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Avalanche Selects Colby Ambrosio 118th Overall in 2020 NHL Draft

Forward heading to Boston College

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche selected center Colby Ambrosio with the 118th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Wednesday.

Ambrosio, 18, has spent the past two seasons playing for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League and is attending Boston College this season.

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Learn More About Jean-Luc Foudy

Forward picked in the third round by the Avalanche in the 2020 draft

by ColoradoAvalanche.com @Avalanche / Official website of the Avs

Jean-Luc Foudy was selected 75th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Wednesday. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound center recorded 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) in 59 contests with the Windsor Spitfires in 2019-20, his second campaign in the Ontario Hockey League.

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Avalanche Selects Jean-Luc Foudy 75th Overall in 2020 NHL Draft

The center has played two seasons with Windsor in the OHL

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche picked center Jean-Luc Foudy at No. 75 overall in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft.

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Avs Add Another Maritime Talent in Justin Barron

Avalanche-drafted defenseman is the fifth player from Nova Scotia in the organization

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

As the 2020 NHL Draft was moving to the final picks of the first round and with midnight approaching on the Canadian Eastern Seaboard, Justin Barron and his family continued watching the first round unfold from their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, patiently waiting to see if the 18-year-old's name would be called and a dream realized.

The Colorado Avalanche put an end to the wait just past 11 p.m. Atlantic Time on Tuesday as the club selected Barron with the 25th overall pick, making him the fourth player born in Nova Scotia to be drafted by the franchise.

"It was a long night sitting there, but it's all worth it," Barron said in a video conference call at the conclusion of Round 1. "I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Avalanche organization."

The Halifax Mooseheads' team captain for the 2020-21 campaign checks off all the boxes the Avs were looking for in its first-round pick as he possesses a high hockey IQ, strong skating and the ability to play the game fast.

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Learn More About Justin Barron

The defenseman was selected No. 25 overall by the Avs at the 2020 NHL Draft

by ColoradoAvalanche.com @Avalanche / Official website of the Avs

Justin Barron was selected 25th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman appeared in 34 games for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2019-20 and led all rear guards on his team with 19 points (four goals, 15 assists).

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Avalanche Selects Justin Barron 25th Overall in 2020 NHL Draft

Halifax Mooseheads captain led team defensemen in scoring in 2019-20

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club selected defenseman Justin Barron with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday night.

Barron, 18, registered 19 points (4g/15a) in 34 games of a shortened 2019-20 campaign, tops among Mooseheads defensemen. He is serving as team captain for Halifax in 2020-21, his first year in that role.

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