Well, the draft this year won’t be nearly as exciting for Avs fans as it was last year — and what a great feeling that is!
Nevertheless, the draft is fast approaching, and while four teams still fight for the chance to lift the Stanley Cup, the Colorado Avalanche has now shifted its focus to the top prospects of 2010. There’s no question at this point that Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin are the first two picks of the draft. After that, however, things get a little more subjective. At the 17th spot, the Avs are kind of in a position where they must decide between taking the best player available or drafting for need.
And what is the Avalanche’s need at this point? Prospects wise, our biggest hole is goaltending. I always hesitate to draft a goalie in the first round though, because there are just too many intangibles that lead to a goalie’s success in the NHL. Our forward core is pretty strong, but we lack true blue chip prospects in that respect and we’re always looking to improve (except our center position, which I think is pretty much filled). Our strength is offensive defenseman. We have possibly the strongest stable of offensive defenseman in the league. What we lack is true shutdown defensemen, which was made obvious in our first round beat-down.
We may solve some of these problems in free agency (Paul Martin anyone?) Still, we’ll take a good long look at some potential picks at 17 in the coming weeks.
Looks like the Fansided network will also be doing a Mock Draft as well, so keep an eye out for that!