This draft seems to be the draft where the Avs are looking for that one guy that can step in 4-6 years from now when the Avs have to make a tough choice regarding one of the established stars for cap reasons...which is a prefectly logical thing to do.
7. Mitchell Heard - Plymouth Whalers
I was actually surprised that Heard didn't earn a contract from Toronto this offseason following a pretty impressive showing at their rookie camp and tourney. Heard is cut from the same cloth as other guys who've gotten themselves drafted as "re-entries" in recent years, like Andrew Shaw, Andy Andreoff, and Rob Flick. He's really a jack of all trades kind of guy. One thing that should garner a lot of attention from scouts is his faceoff ability, which is among the best among centerman in the league. On top of that, he plays in all situations for the Whalers and is an aggressive in your face forward. His offensive skills are pretty average overall, but I do think his playmaking ability is quite underrated. Bottom line is that he profiles pretty well as a potential checking line player in the NHL with his ability to win face-offs, work hard defensively, and protect the puck in the offensive zone. He'd probably get a few more points if he was bigger, but the fact that he's so fearless (in an Andrew Shaw kind of way) has to help his cause. I certainly wouldn't be surprised if the Leafs tabbed him in the later rounds.
I live in Prince George and was so happy when I saw the Avs took Troy, all season sitting threw the awful Cougars seasons only a few players stood out and one was Troy, I always thought man wouldn't it be cool if the avs snagged him in the late in the draft. Now I have something to look forward to going to the Cats games this season, this sets up the avs taking Troy's line mate in 2013 Alex Forsberg. since the caps used our pick to take another Forsberg in 2012, we cant miss out on this Forsberg in 2013.