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Youthful Avs have 17th overall pick in NHL draft @NHL

DENVER (AP) -Led by a band of talented youngsters, the Colorado Avalanche were largely overlooked last season, even as they lunged toward the playoffs.

That certainly won't be the case next season.

With rookies such as forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly fueling the 2009-10 revival, Colorado made the postseason for a 12th time in 14 seasons since moving to the Mile High City.

It was a surprise run for a team that relied on 10 different rookies, who combined for a league-high 166 points.

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