Colorado Avalanche: Perfect 7-Round Draft Scenario

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: (l-r) Joe Sakic and Alan Hepple of the Colorado Avalanche attend the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: (l-r) Joe Sakic and Alan Hepple of the Colorado Avalanche attend the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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KELOWNA, BC – FEBRUARY 15: Gianni Fairbrother #24 of the Everett Silvertips skates against the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place on February 15, 2019 in Kelowna, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images) /

player. 103. . Defensman. avalanche. Gianni Fairbrother. 78

About this time I’d like to see the Colorado Avalanche pick another defenseman to keep that prospect pool deep. Gianni Fairbrother is a player who will need some developing, but he’s already making good strides. In the 2017-18 season he had 5 points (2 gals 3 assists) with the WHL Everett Silvertips. Last season he jumped to 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists).

Fairbrother isn’t a big defenseman– 6-foot, 194 pounds. However, he missed the cutoff for last year’s draft by 15 days, so he’s just a little bit older and more mature.

According to the WHL draft profile, Fairbrother is a hard worker who’s shown especial improvement in his play with the puck.

He’s ranked #50 by Central Scouting as is expected to go right around Colorado’s #78 selection. I think he could continue developing at major juniors a couple more years and ultimately be a depth defenseman for Colorado.