Jun 22, 2010 1:56 AM

Avs will have hard time matching last year's draft

DENVER (AP) - After hitting the jackpot with two high picks in the draft last June, the Colorado Avalanche feel the pressure to replicate that in the upcoming NHL Draft.

Hardly easy.

Those two players they selected weren't your typical teenagers.

From now on, every Colorado draft pick will be measured against Matt Duchene (third overall) and Ryan O'Reilly (No. 33).

Hardly fair.

The performances Colorado received last season from Duchene and O'Reilly were far from the standard. The talented twosome became a crucial component in the team's turnaround, lifting the
organization back into the playoffs a year after finishing in the basement.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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