Colorado Avalanche: Redrafting The 2007 NHL Draft

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Round 2

Mar 17, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (17) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

45th overall:
Colorado Avalanche pick — D Colby Cohen
New pick — C Dana Tyrell (47th to TBL)

Not many that don’t follow AHL hockey and other minor leagues will remember Colby Cohen. He scored more than one point per game in the USHL in his draft year, despite being a 6-foot-4 defensive defenseman that also recorded 110 penalty minutes in 53 games. Definitely a player that is worth a shot. However, he only appeared in three NHL games, all for the Avalanche. He went over to Europe a few years ago and now plays in the United Kingdom.

Dana Tyrell is not exactly a star either. However, unlike Cohen, he did establish himself as an NHL player. He appeared in 135 NHL games to this day.

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49th overall (from CGY):
Colorado Avalanche pick — G Trevor Cann
New pick — LW Oscar Möller (52nd to LAK)

We didn’t have many options here, as the Avalanche had two second round picks rather close together, resulting in the eligibility of only five players. Still, we got a decent player here. Trevor Cann never played a game in the NHL and cannot be expected to ever do so. It’s unfortunate, but you know the risk when picking a goaltender early in the draft.
Oscar Möller, a Swedish forward, got selected three picks after Cann. Once considered a big talent, Möller only played in 87 NHL games for the Kings. After never being able to establish himself in the league, he decided to go home to Sweden after a long time in North America. Last season he left his home country once more to play in the KHL. He is a very good forward, also for the Swedish national team, and I can still see him returning to the NHL one day.

55th overall (from ATL):
Colorado Avalanche pick — T.J. Galiardi
New pick — RW Wayne Simmonds (61st to LAK)

The Kings did a better job than the Avalanche in Round 2. Two picks in a row are stolen from them as we redraft. T.J. Galiardi was awesome for a while, he really was. He played some awesome games on the most awesome line of hockey with Brandon Yip and Matt Duchene. However, he never really broke out and is now in the AHL.
Wayne Simmonds, however, really panned out. He was probably only okay, Galiardi-caliber perhaps, until he got traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. While Galiardi’s production went way down after his trade, Wayne Simmonds climbed higher and higher up the NHL career ladder.

The Colorado Avalanche did not pick in the third round.

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