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Olhaver Selected in CHL Import Draft

The 2015 CHL Import Draft was held today and the Seattle Thunderbirds selected one of the Avs recent draftees.

And it appears Gustav Olhaver will come over this season to suit up for Seattle.

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Avs Add Another to Summer Camp Roster

Avs Development Camp Update

An on ice complement would be a change from recent summer prospects camps for the Avalanche.

Avs Prospects Signing Tracker (updated)

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2015)
Mason Geertsen VAN WHL 3-YR ELC 03/24/15
Europe (July 1, 2015)
Jonas Holos LOK KHL 2-YR 6/15/15 w/ FBK
AHL (July 1, 2015)
Joey Leach LE AHL
Daniel Maggio LE AHL
Reid Petryk FTW ECHL
Kenny Ryan LE AHL
Michael Schumacher LE AHL
Ben Youds LE AHL
NHL (Two-Way/ELC -- July 1, 2015)
Andrew Agozzino LE AHL RFA, QO received
Sami Aittokallio LE AHL RFA, QO received
Mat Clark LE AHL RFA, QO received
Stefan Elliott LE AHL RFA, QO received
Bruno Gervais LE AHL UFA
Freddie Hamilton LE AHL RFA, QO received
Mitchell Heard LE AHL RFA, QO received
Joey Hishon LE AHL RFA, QO received
Markus Lauridsen LE AHL 1-YR 06/16/15 w/ AIK
Calvin Pickard LE AHL RFA, QO received
Tomas Vincour LE AHL RFA, QO received
Other Signings
Andreas Martinsen DEG DEL 1-YR ELC 05/15/15

Avs 2015 Draft -- Development Camp

The Avs will hold their annual development camp sometime in July. Typically, it involves several off-ice activities in order to teach players abut the rigors of being an NHL player and nurture a bonding experience.

The Avs will extend invites to a few players like Raphael Maheux to join a group of recent draftees for the camp. 

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Avs 2015 Draft -- Signing Deadline

Player Rights Expire
Mikko Rantanen June 1, 2019
A.J. Greer August 15, 2018
Nicolas Meloche June 1, 2017
Jean-Christophe Beaudin June 1, 2017
Andrei Mironov June 1, 2017
Sergei Boikov June 1, 2017
Gustav Olhaver June 1, 2019

As we take time to examine and dissect the Avs 2015 draft crop over the  coming days, it's good to note that Colorado only has rights to these players for a certain amount of time. 

Age and location in which the player is drafted play a huge factor in determining how long rights are held.

Avs 2015 Draft Class -- A Quick Glance

Player Pos Team League
Mikko Rantanen C/LW TPS Liiga
A.J. Greer LW BU HE
Nicolas Meloche D BAC QMJHL
Jean-Christophe Beaudin C ROU QMJHL
Andrei Mironov D Dynamo KHL
Sergei Boikov D DRU QMJHL
Gustav Olhaver C/LW Rogle J20 SuperElit

Quick Takes:

This is the first draft ran by the recently promoted (in title) Director of Amateur Scouting, Alan Hepple; replacing Rick Pracey who was dismissed from the club in September.

The pick used to draft A.J. Greer, 39th overall, was acquired in a trade with the San Jose Sharks. The Avalanche dealt the 31st overall pick to the Sharks in exchange for pick 39, a second round pick in 2016 and a sixth round selection in 2017. The 2016 and 2017 picks originally belonged to the Avs when they used them to obtain defenseman Brad Stuart from the Sharks nearly a year ago.

The Avalanche did not draft a player from the WHL nor the OHL; leagues they have selected from heavily in recent years.

Colorado has reversed another trend when it comes to European players. Not only has the team found and signed undrafted FAs from Europe, the club is now drafting them.  Four of the seven selections are European born; the remaining three hail from Quebec.

Speaking of undrafted FAs, and not necessarily European ones, keep an eye on Denver's Trevor Moore. Moore was not selected in this weekend's draft and perhaps to his benefit, he'll be one of the more desirable NCAA FAs next spring.

Moore was second on Denver's squad in scoring with 44 points in 39 games this year.  This past season he was named to the NCHC First All-Star Team, NCHC Forward of the Year, and NCAA (West) Second All-Star team.

As we move on to the free agency period, I will be posting some profiles of the Avs recent draftees. I do want to take a moment to mention a couple of sites that have done some great work this weekend:

Burgundy Brigrade

BSN Avalanche