PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Troy Bourke, 72nd overall pick by the Colorado Avalanche, shakes hands during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Avalanche did not get into the action on day one of the draft, having previously dealt their first round pick away to the Washington Capitals in the trade that brought them Semyon Varlamov. They made Mitchell Heard – a fearless, hard-nosed scorer – their first of five selections on day two.
After going unranked by NHL Central Scouting and having been passed over in two drafts already, Pracey and his scouting team must have really liked what they saw in Heard to pounce on him in the second round. The 20-year-old is a unique blend of skill and grit, whose skating ability and soft hands are among his greatest assets. He is very agile maneuvering his way through traffic in the offensive zone and is not afraid to drop the gloves. Heard set personal OHL-bests with 29 goals, 57 points and 111 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Plymouth Whalers in 2011-12. The hard-nose forward is already eligible to play in the AHL in 2012-13 if the Avalanche see that to be the best fit for him to continue developing his game.
The favorite ex-Avalanche just signed a contracted with Detroit.
While Major League Baseball owns the interactive rights for all its clubs, the National Hockey League has no such agreement. "It is completely up to us," Gardner said. "We can cater things on our social media platforms that are in the best interests of our local fans. It’s nice having the flexibility."
Gardner said Blues players are in the social media rink as well. Players promote tweets posted on the team's official Twitter page and act as ambassadors, promoting charitable initiatives and retweeting updates. Gardner said the top three Blues players on Twitter are T.J. Oshie, David Perron and Kevin Shattenkirk.