Vancouver are very proud to select Michael Downing, D – Dubuque Fighting Saints
Big defender that is coming into his own. Shows physicality, a quick stick, long reach, mobility, and skill. Displays excellent reach, and poise when he has the puck, and passes very well up ice. Is not a polished up ice guy or on the PP, but shows potential to develop into a strong defensive defenseman who will control areas with his stick and physicality. His defensive game is a work in progress, his transition game will only get better. Tremendous upside. Committed to the University of Michigan.
We just felt that he was just too good to pass on this kid.
The Colorado Avalanche are proud to select, from The Brandon Wheat Kings...
A solid player in his own end, his best assets are found in the offensive zone. A nice compliment to Ryan Pulock, an offensive wizard of his own, we feel like Roy carries more than his fair share of the work done on that pairing, but gets underrated due to the skill level of his partner. He's a big guy whom we could see making an impact soon, and he adds to an already deep defensive core of Johnson, Siemens, Barrie, Elliott, and Zadarov. We're very happy to add such a talented young defender this late in the draft, and are proud to welcome Eric to the Avalanche's organization.
A miner's son, who is a big defender with good offensive ability and a solid work ethic. Has the size and willingness to play with physicality besides displaying good offensive skills, soft hands and great patience. Is able to close the gap on attacking junior players, but still needs plenty of improvement on his defensive game, with lateral mobility and footwork being essential. Teams will see the parts of his game that are already in place and decide what his high water mark is. Plenty to like in this emerging longer term project.