Colorado Avalanche: 6 Selections for the Second Round

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Frederic Allard

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Right

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 179 pounds

Current Team: Chicoutimi Saguenéens, QMJHL

Probability for Success: 2-3 years development, second pairing

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As with Laberge, I almost overlooked defenseman Frederic Allard, in this case due to his size. For the Colorado Avalanche, 6-foot-1, 179 pounds is a mite small for a defenseman. Plus, he’s a right-hand shot, and the system already has a few of those.

However, what made me include Allard in this list is his leadership value. You don’t often see prospects touted for their leadership abilities. However, Frederic is scouted as a player the younger guys look up to. He’s a real locker room guy. The Colorado Avalanche have a commitment to promoting good leadership players.

Besides that, Allard has shown good game management, which is another skill the team needs. He’s a player who can control the pace of the game. What’s more, he’s got a solid work ethic — which isn’t surprising for a leader.

Frederic Allard is a solid two-way player with good stick and skating mobility. He makes a good power play quarterback with an even-keel mentality. Honestly, I see him as a slightly taller Tyson Barrie.

I don’t know that the Colorado Avalanche want another Tyson Barrie right now, though, since they’re having some trouble with the original. That said, Allard might be a sleeper pick like Barrie was, so Colorado might be tempted to try again.

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