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Past Avalanche Drafts (Round 1)

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Just for kicks, here's a look back at the players taken by the Avalanche in the first round going back to 1995 (when the team moved to Denver). Here's the Avalanche's picks with their NHL output to date along with notable players taken soon after our player was taken.

 

Year   Rnd Ov Player   Amateur Team   GP   G   A   PTS   +/-   PIM   Notables (Overall)
2007 1 14 Kevin Shattenkirk  USA U-18 (USDP)  David Perron (26)
2006 1 18 Chris Stewart  Kingston (OHL)  53 11 8 19 -18 54 Claude Giroux (22)
2004 1 21 Wojtek Wolski  Brampton  241 56 90 146 -6 60 Mike Green (29)
2002 1 28 Jonas Johansson  HV 71 Jonkoping Jr.  1 0 0 0 0 2 Jim Slater (30)
2000 1 14 Vaclav Nedorost  Budejovice  99 10 10 20 -2 34 Alexander Frolov (20)
1999 1 25 Mikhail Kuleshov  Cherepovets  3 0 0 0 -1 0 Martin Havlat (26)
1998 1 12 Alex Tanguay  Halifax  659 193 387 580 157 345 Simon Gagne (22)
1998 1 17 Martin Skoula  Barrie  724 41 144 185 13 318 Christian Backman (24)
1998 1 19 Robyn Regehr  Kamloops  666 25 104 129 26 664 Jiri Fischer (25)
1998 1 20 Scott Parker  Kelowna  308 7 14 21 4 699 Scott Gomez (27)
1997 1 26 Kevin Grimes  Kingston  Ben Clymer (27)
1996 1 25 Peter Ratchuk  Shat.-St. Mary's (High-MN)  32 1 1 2 -2 10 Cory Sarich (27)
1995 1 25 Marc Denis  Chicoutimi  349 112 179 31 3.02 0.902 Jan Havlac (28)

 

1998 stands out as far as 1st rounders go; the Avs had 4 picks (this was the Lecavalier draft) and connected with all four. Other than that, however, it's rather bleak as Marc Denis and Wojtek Wolski are the only two players not taken in that deep '98 draft to make it 100 NHL games. It's particularly painful to see the failure of Mikhail Kuleshov, as he was taken immediately before Martin Havlat.