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Draft '14: @ #84 the Avs take Kyle Wood

The Avalanche continue building their prospect pool with a big right handed defenseman.

Graig Abel

With the 84th selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft the Avalanche selected North Bay Battalion (OHL) defenseman Kyle Wood.  Wood is an imposing defenseman.  The NHL website lists him at 6'4" 191lbs, but out friend Cody Nickolet says he's a bit bigger than that:

Here's a look at Wood's stat-line:

Regular Season
2013-14 Reg. North Bay Battalion 33 2 10 12 15 21
2012-13 Reg. Brampton Battalion 16 1 1 2 5 8
Total: 49 3 11 14 20 29
14 Playoffs North Bay Battalion 22 2 8 10 6 6
13 Playoffs Brampton Battalion 5 0 0 0 0 2
Total: 27 2 8 10 6 8

I'm a little surprised to see the Avalanche go back to the blueline with their 2nd pick this year, but the cupboard is thin when it comes to the right side.  If nothing else, Wood could make an excellent partner for Siemens *snickersnicker.

ICYMI: The Avalanche did not make a selection in 2nd round of the draft after trading the 54th overall pick to the Calgary Flames for goaltender Reto Berra.  With the 54th selection, the Flames picked up right winger Hunter Smith.  Smith is a massive 6'7" 218 lb forward and right handed shot.  He scored 16 goals and 40 points in 64 games for Oshawa last season, which is not very much.  Looks like Calgary drafted for size over talent here, so even though Reto Berra is well... him, the Avs could still win this deal.

On a "Missed Connections" note, Hunter's uncle Brad Smith is the Director of Player personnel for the Avs, and Smith's favorite piece of hockey memorabilia is a stick signed by his childhood idol..... Joe Sakic. So there's that I guess.