July 20, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Colorado Avalanche in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2015 NHL Draft
|9||10||RANTANEN, Mikko||RW||10/29/1996||6.03.5||211||TPS Turku||FinE|
|57||39||GREER, Anthony-John||LW||12/14/1996||6.03||204||Boston Univ||H.E.|
|NA||101||MIRONOV, Andrei||LD||7/29/1994||6.03||194||Moscow Dynamo||KHL|
|NA||191||OLHAVER, Gustav||C||7/3/1997||6.06||213||Rogle BK||SweJE|
ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Colorado Avalanche in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Mikko Rantanen (ISS Ranked #9 in 2015, Overall drafted #10 in 2015 NHL Draft) – The culture shift in Colorado continues to gain traction as they pick up another young key forward prospect to accompany the likes of MacKinnon, Landeskog and Duchene. The big-bodied playmaking winger brings a dominating presence on the puck with excellent vision to setup his man. Patience will be needed to further develop his two-way game and skating in order to make an impact at the NHL level.
Nathan MacKinnon (ISS Ranked #1 in 2013, Overall drafted #1 in 2013 NHL Draft) – The key building block in Colorado, MacKinnon will be the pivotal factor for any success the Avalanche have in the future. The #1 overall pick in 2013 made an incredible impact his first year in the NHL and is a superstar in the making. His ability to raise the game of those around him will be of benefit to the recently drafted Rantanen two to three years down the road.
Conner Bleackley (ISS Ranked #26 in 2014, Overall drafted #23 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Developmental patience is key for the progress Bleackley has shown and will continue to show as he enters his fourth year with the Red Deer Rebels. He brings two-way dependability, high intelligence and good offensive tools to be an effective pro. A natural leader that will be an excellent compliment in a Colorado Avalanche jersey down the road.
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Chris Bigras (ISS Ranked #30 in 2013, Overall drafted #32 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Although taken early in the 2nd round in 2013, Bigras has shown an excellent development curve over the past two seasons and developed into a leader for the Owen Sound Attack last season. The Avalanche have strong prospect depth at the defense position and Chris is on top of that list. He is a dependable, two-way defender who does everything very well and with a sense of calm.
“The Avalanche are starting to put together a strong mix of highend front line talent and depth in all positions from strong drafting and it wont be long until the results are being showcased on the ice”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Prospect depth is an area where the Avs have continued to improve. With the likes of Barrie, Zadorov, Bigras, Siemens and Butcher coming up in the system, their future on the backend is beginning to take shape. With the youth of MacKinnon, Duchene, Landeskog, Grigorenko, Rantanen and Bleackley up front, they have more than enough to build off for the future.”
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