Colorado Avalanche: Redrafting The 2005 NHL Draft

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Round 2

34th overall:
Colorado Avalanche pick — C Ryan Stoa
New pick — D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (35th to SJS)

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I recently wrote a bigger piece about this pick (here). Unfortunately, Stoa never turned out to consistently be the big power forward he was supposed to be. We have to admit, though, if Stoa was ten years younger and available when the Avalanche pick in the second round this year, there is a great chance that Patrick Roy would want the 6-foot-3 center again.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the other hand, turned out to be a true No. 1 defender that excels both defensively and offensively. An Olympic gold medal winner with Team Canada in 2014, Vlasic is exactly what the Avalanche would need right now.

44th overall (from PHO):
Colorado Avalanche pick — C Paul Stastny
New pick — C Paul Stastny

There probably aren’t many people that would disagree with this being the best possible pick. Paul Stastny was a great player for the Avalanche and perhaps one of the reasons for the massive decline from the 2013-14 season to the 2014-15 campaign.

47th overall (from WSH):
Colorado Avalanche pick — LW Tom Fritsche
New pick — G Jonathan Quick (72nd to LAK)

Tom Fritsche was a massive disappointment. Picked mid-second round, he never played an NHL game and stopped pursuing his dreams to be a successful hockey professional after the 2011 season with the CHL’s Tulsa Oilers.
We all know Jonathan Quick’s story. It took four years for him to become an NHL regular, which is probably still considered quick (how punny) development for a goaltender, but today he is one of the league’s best. Two Stanley Cup rings speak for themselves.

Next: Round 3