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Jun 26, 2010 8:51 PM

Avs add 8 in NHL draft

LOS ANGELES - The Colorado Avalanche made eight selections at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft held Friday and Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

 

Following is a complete list of the Avalanche's selections at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

 

#     Rd     Pick      Player                             Pos         Team (League)

1.        1         17      Joey Hishon                       C           Owen Sound (OHL)

2.        2         49      Calvin Pickard                   G           Seattle (WHL)

3.        3         71      Michael Bournival              L           Shawinigan (QMJHL)

4.        4         95      Stephen Silas                     D           Belleville (OHL)

5.        4       107      Sami Aittokallio                  G           Ilves Jr. (Finland Jr.)

6.        5       137      Troy Rutkowski                 D           Portland (WHL)

7.        5       139      Luke Walker                      R           Portland (WHL)

8.        7       197      Luke Moffatt                     C           U.S.A. Under-18 Team

 

Colorado drafted three players from the Western Hockey League, two from the Ontario Hockey League, one from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, one from the U.S. National Under-18 Team and one from Finland. Overall, the Avs wound up with four forwards, two defensemen and two goaltenders.

 

"Heading into the weekend, our primary goal was to select three players in our top-50," said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Pracey. "Thanks to some aggressive moves by our hockey staff, we were able to put ourselves into the position where we selected five players in our top-50, far surpassing our expectations.

 

"We were able to add organizational depth at all three positions and are pleased that we were able to collect players from all three Canadian hockey leagues, as well as the U.S. National Team and Europe. That's a tribute to our scouting staff, which has worked hard all year."

 

The Avalanche selected center Joey Hishon from Owen Sound (OHL) with the No. 17 overall pick in the first round. Hishon was limited to just 36 games this past season due to two separate injuries (foot/knee), but still produced 40 points (16g/24a) for a team-leading 1.11 points-per-game average. In 2008-09, he led Owen Sound in goals (37), assists (44) and points (81) and was voted the "Best Playmaker" and "Best Stickhandler" in the OHL's Western Conference Coaches Poll. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward also represented Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, where he led the team in scoring with 10 points (5g/5a) in six games.

With its second-round pick, the Avalanche tabbed Seattle (WHL) goaltender Calvin Pickard at No. 49 overall. The 6-foot, 195-pound Pickard was the No. 1 rated North American goaltender in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings for the 2010 Entry Draft.

 

This past season, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native led all WHL goaltenders in minutes played (3,688) and saves (2,207) while finishing sixth in goals-against average (.914) en route to being named a finalist for the WHL Goaltender of the Year. The younger brother of Nashville draft choice Chet Pickard (first round, 18th overall in 2008), Calvin represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and led his country to a gold medal at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.

 

The Avalanche used its third-round pick (71st overall) to select Michael Bournival, a left wing from Shawinigan (QMJHL). The Shawinigan, Quebec native ranked third on the Cataractes' scoring chart this past season with 62 points (24g/38a) in 58 games. Bournival took part in the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game and also represented Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, where he notched three points (2g/1a) in six contests.

 

In the fourth round, Colorado picked up defenseman Stephen Silas from Belleville (OHL) with the No. 95 overall selection. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound blueliner was ranked No. 60 among North American Skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. A native of Georgetown, Ontario, Silas led Belleville in assists (45) while ranking second in points (49) in 2009-10. He also represented Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, notching two assists in six games.

 

Colorado used its fifth-round selection (107th overall) to choose goaltender Sami Aittokallio from Ilves Jr. (Finland Jr.). The No. 1 ranked European Goaltender in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings for the 2010 Entry Draft, Aittokallio appeared in 23 games this past season for Ilves Jr., posting a 3.20 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

 

The Avalanche used its two fifth-round selections to pick a pair of teammates from the Portland Winterhawks (WHL), first tabbing defenseman Troy Rutkowksi at No. 137 overall before taking right wing Luke Walker in the No. 139 overall slot.

 

Rutkowski, the No. 44 rated North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting, led all Portland defensemen with 43 points (12g/31a) in 71 games this past season. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound blueliner added seven points (4g/3a) and a team-best +6 plus/minus rating in 13 playoff games as the Winterhawks advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2006.

 

Walker, a 6-foot-1, 184-pound forward, ranked fifth on Portland's scoring chart in 2009-10 with 57 points (27g/30a) while also posting a +17 plus/minus rating and 103 penalty minutes in 61 games. A native of Castlegar, British Columbia, Walker skated in all seven games for Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, helping the Americans earn a gold medal.

 

Colorado rounded out the draft by picking center Luke Moffatt in the seventh round (197th overall). The 6-foot-1, 187-pound forward tallied 37 points (18g/19a) in 65 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team during the 2009-10 campaign. Ranked No. 95 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, Moffatt will attend the University of Michigan in 2010-11.

 

NOTES
The following trades were completed by the Avalanche during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

  • Colorado traded its 2nd-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft (47th overall) to Los Angeles for Los Angeles' 2nd- and 4th-round picks in 2010 (49th and 109th overall).

 

  • Dallas traded its 3rd-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft (71st overall) to Colorado for Colorado's 3rd-round pick in 2010 (77th overall) and Los Angeles' 4th-round pick in 2010 (previously acquired, 109th overall).

 

  • NY Islanders traded their 4th-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft (95th overall) to Colorado for Colorado's 3rd-round pick in 2011.

 

 

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