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Avalanche Selects Eight at 2018 NHL Draft

Colorado chooses five forwards, one defenseman and two goaltenders

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club made eight selections at the 2018 NHL Draft held Friday and Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Avs Pick Shamil Shmakov at No. 202 Overall

Russian goaltender picked in the seventh round

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche used its final selection at Saturday's 2018 NHL Draft, No. 202 overall in the seventh round, on goaltender Shamil Shmakov.

Shmakov, 18, played 51 games last season with Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk in the Russian junior league. He had a 2.03 goals-against average and .932 save percentage during the regular season and a 3.62 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in three postseason contests.

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Colorado Selects Nikolai Kovalenko 171st Overall

The forward spent 2017-18 in the Russian junior league

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche picked forward Nikolai Kovalenko in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft with the 171st overall pick on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Kovalenko, 18, spent the 2017-18 season with Loko Yaroslavl in the Russian junior league and recorded 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 33 contests. He also added 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 13 playoff games.

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Colorado Drafts Danila Zhuravlyov No. 146 Overall

Russian defenseman picked in fifth round

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche selected defenseman Danila Zhuravlyov with the 146th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Draft on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

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Avalanche Selects Brandon Saigeon at No. 140 Overall

Forward helped the Hamilton Bulldogs to an Ontario Hockey League championship

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche used its first of two fifth-round 2018 NHL Draft picks on Brandon Saigeon. The Avs picked the Hamilton Bulldogs forward at No. 140 overall on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Saigeon, 20, just wrapped up his fourth season in the OHL with the Bulldogs franchise. He has 159 points (68 goals and 91 assists) in 236 career Ontario League contests.

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Avalanche Selects Tyler Weiss 109th Overall

The forward played the last two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche picked forward Tyler Weiss with the 109th selection at the 2018 NHL Draft on Saturday.

Weiss, 18, has played the last two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program. He had 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 58 games during the 2017-18 season after registering 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in the 2016-17 campaign.

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Avalanche Chooses Sampo Ranta at No. 78 Overall

Finnish forward has played in the United States for the past two seasons

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche used its third selection of the 2018 NHL Draft on forward Sampo Ranta on Saturday at American Airlines Center. Ranta was chosen No. 78 overall in the third round.

Ranta, 18, is from Naantali, Finland, but has played the last two seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. He recorded 23 goals and 14 assists (37 points) in 53 USHL contests last year. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound left wing had nine points (six goals and three assists) in 30 contests in his first season in the league in 2016-17.

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Avalanche Picks Justus Annunen 64th overall

Goaltender helped Finland win the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--The Colorado Avalanche picked goaltender Justus Annunen with the 64th overall selection in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft on Saturday morning at American Airlines Center. He was the team's second pick of the draft.

Annunen, 18, was ranked as the No. 4 International goalie by NHL Central Scouting on the bureau's final list and was the third netminder taken in the draft. He is 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds.

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Kaut Ready For The Next Step

The forward played in the Czech Republic's top professional league during the 2017-18 campaign

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--After arriving at the NHL Scouting Combine and being told he couldn't participate when medical tests detected a heart condition, Martin Kaut was unsure of what the next step of his hockey career would be.

His future is now a lot more clear.

The Colorado Avalanche used the 16th overall pick on the forward from the Czech Republic on Friday night in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center.

"It's an unbelievable moment for me, I am really excited because I had some problem with my heart two weeks ago," Kaut told ColoradoAvalanche.com shortly after his name was called. "I had an operation and now I was drafted with Colorado and talking with you, it's amazing."

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Grubauer Strengthens Avs' Goaltending

Colorado traded for the German-born goalie on the first day of the 2018 draft

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DALLAS--Nearly 30 minutes before the start of the 2018 NHL Draft, the Colorado Avalanche announced it had made a trade with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for one of the prized goaltenders that was available in the offseason.

Colorado acquired goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Brooks Orpik from the Caps in exchange for the No. 47 overall pick in this draft. The Avs had two second-round picks this year after they received the Nashville Predators' (58th overall) in a three-team trade that also included the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 5.

High draft picks are valuable, but it was a price that Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic was willing to pay in order to bolster the team's depth at the goaltending position.

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