Team: Saskatoon- WHL
H/W: 6′ 3″ 197lbs
2010-2011 Stats: 72 GP 5 G 38 Ast 43 Pts
What we said before the draft: Siemens is a physical defender who brings size and grit to whatever roster he finds himself on. The Avalanche have struggled on the physical side on the ice and it was so magnified David Koci was a breathe of fresh air when he played some D at the end of the season. Siemens probably wont be a franchise defender like Larsson may be but he shapes up to be a solid 3-4 and possesses enough offensive potential that he could wind up on a teams PP, especially if it’s a PP as bad as the Avs. Siemens has been compared to current Canuck Kevin Bieska, who just happens to be a FA I’m hoping the Avalanche take a look at. With the Avalanche having so many offensive left-handed defensemen Duncan Siemens would bring a nice change-up. If the Avalanche take Huberseau or Landeskog at number two I will be pulling hard for Siemens to fall into the Av’s hands at number 11.
Interesting Fact: Siemens played for the Saskatoon Blades along size fellow Avalanche prospect Stefan Elliott.
Whats Next? The expectations for Siemens are high and although most probably believe he is a season or two away much like Elliott was we may see him much sooner. With the trade of John Michael Liles the Avalanche have a vacancy on the starting LD side and Siemens is a left hander. I expect Siemens to turn heads in camp and force the Avs hand to give him a try at the start of the season like they did for Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene two seasons ago. As I’m sure is recalled but O’Reilly and Duchene remained with the pro club and were not returned to Juniors and I would not be surprised if Siemens saw a similar path this season. I’m excited to see him and I hope it is sooner than later.
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