Colorado Avalanche: Redrafting The 2008 NHL Draft

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Apr 21, 2015; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie (7) skates with the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

110th overall:
Colorado Avalanche pick — C Kelsey Tessier
New pick — D T.J. Brodie (114th to MIN)

Kelsey Tessier was a high-risk, high-reward pick. A 5-foot-9 forward with top notch puckhandling skills and hockey sense. Unfortunately, the reward stayed out. After three years in the AHL, Tessier moved over to Sweden, where hockey is played with less physicality, which helped him a lot.

T.J. Brodie found a quick way to get into the NHL: He played his first games for the Calgary Flames in 2011 and many more would follow. Brodie needed time to mature and develop and therefore split his first pro seasons between the AHL and NHL. The 2014-15 campaign was only his second full season as an NHL defenseman. Now that he finally arrived, Brodie is turning more and more into an elite D-man.

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