The Avs stuck to their draft board and added five new players to their organization on Saturday. All five selections are Canadian and are all forwards. For the second straight year, the Avalanche opted not to select a college or college bound player. Also, no European players drafted after selecting two last year.
Here's a quick recap of the selections:
Mitchell Heard, Plymouth (OHL)
2nd round, 41st overall
Since Heard has a '92 birthday, he is eligible to play for the Lake Erie Monsters starting this fall. If he has a strong training camp with the Avs, it wouldn't surprise me to see this scenario take place. If not, he still has junior eligibility.
Troy Bourke, Prince George (WHL)
3rd round, 72nd overall
Perhaps the most intriguing selection of the five picks and an Avalanche fan growing up to boot:
Michael Clarke, Windsor (OHL)
5th round, 132nd overall
Joseph Blandisi, Owen Sound (OHL)
6th round, 162nd overall
Colin Smith, Kamloops (WHL)
7th round, 192nd overall
More to come on these selections in the near future.
One last note, Monday marks the deadline in which teams have to give restricted free agents a qualifying offer. Don't be surprised to see Trevor Cann and Ryan Stoa not qualified and become unrestricted free agents on July 1st.