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."