Colorado Avalanche: Redrafting The 2010 NHL Draft

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Round 3

Apr 8, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Stanislav Galiev (49) skates with the puck during warm ups prior to the Capitals

71st overall:
Colorado Avalanche pick — LW Michael Bournival
New pick — RW Stanislav Galiev (86th to WSH)

Drafting with hindsight can be easy but gets harder the closer we come to present time and the farther we get into the late rounds of the draft. Many of the players have not made the NHL yet and it is up to everyone individually to find out who has the biggest potential and who would have been the best pick.

In this case, the Colorado Avalanche even drafted a current NHL player. However, he was traded to the Montréal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Ryan O’Byrne soon after the draft. Keeping Bournival would have been a better decision, but in hindsight I would even select a different player — one that has only two NHL games on his record.

Stanislav Galiev, another Russian Washington Capitals prospect, has spent most of his professional career in the ECHL and AHL. In fact, the 2014-15 campaign was his first full AHL season. However, he is a dangerous sniper that has been able to contribute in every league he has played in so far. In two NHL games, Galiev has one goal — don’t be surprised if there are many more to come.

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