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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: