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Avs Prepare for Day Two of Draft

The first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was completed on Friday evening without any movement coming from the Colorado Avalanche table. The Avs who surrendered their 2012 first round pick to the Washington Capitals as part of the trade to acquire Semyon Varlamov last summer, did not trade back into the first round or make any trades on Friday evening. 

The Washington Capitals did use the 11th overall selection to pick Filip Forsberg (no relation to Peter) out of Leksand (Allsvenskan). As has been reported previously, the Capitals opted to take the Avs 54th overall selection this year (which originally belonged to Boston). However, in a trade on Friday, the Caps shipped that pick, along with Cody Eakin, to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Mike Ribeiro. Thus, the July 2011 trade between Washington and Colorado is now complete.

As the Avs turn to day two and rounds 2-7, the club comes armed with five draft picks:

(Round)

(2) 41st overall
(3) 72nd overall
(5) 132nd overall
(6) 162nd overall
(7) 192nd overall

The Avs could go in many directions today, but will stick with their draft list and "best player available" strategy. Some intriguing names remain on the draft board for the Avs to select at pick 41, including:

Matthew Finn, D, Guelph (OHL)

Stats

Simply put, he is a player who completes plays. He does it with the puck. Defensively in getting the puck out of danger. Offensively in reading the play and getting the puck to areas where his team can attack. He is superb in transition and can do it skating with the puck or passing the puck. He does it without the puck. He has very good body positioning and stick position where he can keep opponents at bay. His skating is strong in all regards and he asserts with his body & with excellent lower body strength and balance, he's a hard player to gain an advantage on.

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Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frölunda (SWE)

Stats

He's very versatile and is comfortable in a straight ahead skill game or one that is heavier with more physical play. He is a very good skater who can beat defenders 1-1 because he has a change of pace as well as having a desire to get offensive opportunities. He plays in traffic and maintains a focus despite knowing that he may be entering the danger zone. He has a very good focus offensively and is tenacious with the puck and he has the knack for getting the puck 'settled down' and in position to make a good shot. 

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Phillip Di Giuseppe, LW, Michigan (CCHA)

Stats

He has an assertiveness in his play and doesn't allow himself to be denied. He will drive the net and will pay the price to score. He has very good sense and recognizes opportunities to contribute both with and without the puck and he plays a 'heady' game. He has good puck skills and is multi-faceted in that he can threaten offensively either shooting or passing. He uses his body to gain advantages and while he isn't punishing, he's competitive and he plays with a desire to make difference in all areas of the game. 

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Martin Frk, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Stats

He has a good shot and can beat goaltenders with it down the wing and it's a heavy shot. His skating is good in straight lines and he creates separation between himself and defenders. He has good balance with a low center of gravity and is hard to knock off stride. His agility is adequate but not a necessary requirement for the style of game he plays. He uses his body to push to the scoring area and hold off defenders. 

Full Story: TSN

Colton Sissons, RW, Kelowna (WHL)

Stats 

His skating is good and along with strong balance, it allows him to play strong along the boards and in 1-1 physical battles. He's not punishing but is hard on the puck and engages physically to create opportunities for his team. Very good sense and feel for the game and he plays within his strengths and understands the subtle plays and how to make them and knows they are plays that help a team be successful. He is not a prolific scorer but he can make the plays that help a team create scoring chances.

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Coverage of rounds 2-7 will begin at 8:00 AM MST on NHL Network in the US and Canada.