Colorado Avalanche: Redrafting The 2010 NHL Draft

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Apr 11, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrates his second goal of the game during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Ottawa won the game 3-1 and clinched a playoff spot. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

137th overall: 
Colorado Avalanche pick — D Troy Rutkowski
New pick — D Troy Rutkowski

This one only has one explanation: eligibility to be redrafted. The next Colorado Avalanche pick is No. 139th and therefore, goaltender Louis Domingue was the only other eligible player. Rutkowski is at least an AHL defenseman that could possibly make the NHL at some point during his career.

139th overall (LAK): 
Colorado Avalanche pick — RW Luke Walker
New pick — RW Mark Stone (178th to OTT)

Luke Walker spent three seasons with the Lake Erie Monsters. He did a decent job there, but nothing outstanding. That’s why he decided to leave North America and head to the KHL for one year, before joining the Graz 99ers in the Austrian league.

The new pick for the Colorado Avalanche looks like a home run at first glance, but when you look at who else was available, there is a chance that many people will disagree. At No. 147 overall, the Montréal Canadiens selected Brendan Gallagher — a player that has proven himself over three years in the NHL — while Mark Stone just had his rookie season. However, Stone is a Calder Trophy finalist and had one heck of a season, scoring 26 goals and 64 points in 80 games, before adding four assists in six playoff games. I believe that he has the bigger potential compared to Gallagher and he will go on to have the better NHL career.

The Colorado Avalanche’s sixth round pick was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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