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Daily Cupcakes- July 12th, 2011

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Hockey's Future takes a look at who the Avalanche drafted this offseason.


Following a 29th place finish in 2010-11, the Colorado Avalanche were awarded the second overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft - their highest draft pick since the now-defunct Quebec Nordiques selected Eric Lindros with the first overall pick in 1991. A midseason trade with the St. Louis Blues saw general manager Greg Sherman acquire another early first-round selection. In addition to the two picks in the first, the Avalanche had just four more picks over the remaining six rounds.

 

An update on ex-Avalanche Ian Laperriere. He is in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen and is acting as a mentor for some of the young guys in the Flyers organization.

Unlikely to play again, Laperriere, 37, was offered a position as a mentor to the Flyers' young prospects. He has spent this week working with the organization's newest players, schooling them on the importance of fitness, dedication and the ability to put the team's needs ahead of their own."With my experience I think I know the right way to do it,"'Laperriere said. "If you don't believe me, it's your loss because I have no other agenda than to make these guys better players.

 

If you are in Oakville (Ontario) this Saturday, you can meet Matt Duchene.

 - Hockey megastore retailer Pro Hockey Life Sporting Goods Inc. today announced the opening of its new megastore in Oakville, Ontario on Saturday, July 16, 2011. To celebrate the occasion, Pro Hockey Life in collaboration with Reebok bring special NHL guest Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.

Born in Haliburton, Ontario, Duchene was drafted third overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The rookie sensation will visit the megastore on July 16 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 p.m. to sign autographs and meet with local hockey fans.