Colorado Avalanche added depth to organization at 2008 NHL Draft
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02-25-2013, 02:11 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Yep one of the worst drafts for this organization in recent memory (2006 is up there and 2010 might be saved by one of the goalies).
Gaunce is likely out of favor with the organization at this point. Barrie and Elliott always being ahead of him (could be that they just want puck movers though), combine that with his dismal season in Lake Erie and you don't have a very good outlook for his future here. While I think there is potential there, I don't think he will ever see it with the Avs.
Olver is a solid pest type player that can play a variety of roles on the team. He is valuable simply because of that flexibility. He will probably continue in that role for the Avs for a few more seasons. Not bad value out of a 5th round pick.
Condon is the only other player that has a chance at the NHL. His chance is only slight though. He is a threat on the PK and has great speed. If he bulks up and gets more physical he could become a 4th line PK specialist sort of player. Probably ~3 years away from that though.
Overall a terrible draft.
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