Since I am unemployed and I need a brain break and a break of the monotony of filling out applications, I decided to look into what was the best draft year in Avalanche history. The 2009 draft class looks very promising and we can only guess how good that class is going to be. However, is it the best? After the jump I will show the drafts per year, or the draftee's that made any sort of difference in the NHL.
2011- 2nd- Gabriel Landeskog, 11th- Duncan Siemens, 93rd- Joachim Nermark, 123rd- Garrett Meurs, 153rd- Gabriel Beaupre, 183rd- Dillon Donnelly- Landy is an immediate impact, Siemens is very promising and a sure fire NHL'er, Nermark and Meurs has talent, but have to improve
2010- 17th Joey Hishon, 49th- Calvin Pickard, 71st- Michael Bournival, 95th- Steven Silas, 107th- Sami Aittokallio, 137th-Troy Rutkowski, 139th- Luke Walker, 197th- Luke Moffat- Hishon has the talent but has all of the question marks, personally I think will be a great NHL'er, Pickard and Aittokallio both look very promising goalies, Bournival was traded. Silas and Rutkowski have talent but are not developing as anticipated.
2009-3rd Matt Duchene, 33rd- Ryan O'Reilly, 49th- Stefan Elliot, 64th-Tyson Barrie, 124th- Kieran Millan, 154- Brandon Maxwell, 184- Gus Young- Duchene is a developing star, Radar is one of the games best defensive players, and Elliot and Barrie are going to be great NHL'ers. Millan and Maxwell are both very solid NCAA goalies and could suprise and compete for a AHL team next year. So this class will have 4 really good NHL'ers. Well done Pracey, well done.
I am going to start going with NHL experience or still top prospects.
2007- 14th- Kevin Shattenkirk. 45th- Colby Cohen, 49th Trevor Cann, 55th T.J Galiardi, 105th - Brad Malone, 113th- Kent Patterson, 135th- Paul Carey.- Shatts is the lone NHL star potential but Gali and Malone seems to have NHL career potential.
2006- 18th- Chris Stewart, 81st- Mike Carmen-
After this point has to have played in at least 82 NHL games
Pre Avalanche Picks
1993- 10th- Jocelyn Thibault, 12th- Adam Deadmarsh, 179th- David Ling
1992- 4th- Todd Warriner, 52nd- Manny Fernandez, 96th- Steve Passmore, 220th- Anson Carter
1991- 1st- Eric Lindros, 24th- Rene Corbet, 68th- Dave Karpa, 103rd- Bill Lindsay, 156th- Janne Laukkanen
1990- 1st- Owen Nolan, 148th- Andrei Kovalenko, 158th- Alexander Karpovstev
1989- 1st- Matts Sundin, 22nd- Adam Foote, 43rd- Stephane Morin, 68th- Niklas Andersson
1988- 3rd- Curtis Leschyshyn, 24th- Stephan Fiset, 66th- Darin Kimble, 108th- Ed Ward, 129th- Valeri Kamensky, 213th- Alexi Gusarov, 234th Claude Lepointe
1987- 9th- Bryan Fogarty, 15th- Joe Sakic, 72nd- Kip Miller, 114th-Garth Snow
1986- 18th- Ken McRae, 81st- Ron Tugnutt
1985- 36th- Jason Lafreniere
1984- 36th- Jeff Brown, 57th- Steve Finn
1983- 52nd- Bruce Bell, 54th- Iiro Jarvi, 152nd- Tommy Albelin, 232nd- Bo Berglund,
1982- 13th- David Shaw, 34th- Paul Gillis, 55th- Mario Gosselin, 181st- Mike Hough
1981- 11th- Randy Moller, 74th- Clint Malarchuk, 116th- Mike Eagles,
1980- 24th- Normand Rochefort, 66th- Jay Miller, 87th- Basil McRae, 108th- Mark Kumpel
1979- 20th- Michel Goulet, 41st- Dale Hunter, 62nd- Lee Norwood, 83rd- Anton Stastny, 104th- Pierre Lacroix
So which draft year in franchise history was the best?