Colorado Avalanche: 6 Selections for the Second Round

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Pascal Laberge

Position: Center/Wing

Shoots: Right

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 175 pounds

Current Team: Victoriaville Tigers, QMJHL

Probability for Success: 1-3 years development, third liner

Even though The Hockey Writers has forward Pascal Laberge listed in the #40 slot for their compiled rankings, I almost passed on the forward. He doesn’t display a lot of flash, so lots of teams may overlook him.

Luckily, I looked a little more closely at Laberge. He’d be good for the Colorado Avalanche because he’s solid on the forecheck. What’s more, he’s known for winning his battles along the boards, and head coach Patrick Roy loves players who win their battles.

Additionally, Laberge has shown the speed that’s central to Colorado’s style. He’s not a big finisher necessarily, but he’s an adept playmaker. He’s agile on skates and can get very creative with the puck.

Here’s Laberge in action:

Pascal Laberge needs to fill out his frame a little more for the NHL. He also needs to work on the defensive and physical sides of his play. He’d have to spend a couple years developing before he’d be ready for the pros. That said, he’s got the solid work ethic to make it. The Colorado Avalanche might look at Laberge for the second round.

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