Colorado Top 20 Spring of 2011

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  1. Ville Isopaa

    Ville Isopaa Registered User

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    The Avalanche didn't have any first day picks in the 2010 draft and only three second day picks. One would think a draft like that would cause any teams prospect list to suffer a lot. However, the Avalanche prospect list remains strong. Since last year only Peter Regin has graduated. A lot of players are going to be gone by next years list, but help is on it's way with the 9 first day picks the Avalanche have in this summers draft.

    Top 20:
    1) F - Logan Couture – San Jose (NHL) - 11th overall in 2007 (1)
    - Couture is having a great season and leads the Sharks in goals and +/-. His strong offense and solid defense has made him one of the frontrunners for the Calder trophy. A natural center, Couture has also played some wing as of late and is expected to make the Avalanche top 6 out of camp next fall.

    2) G - Robin Lehner - Ottawa (NHL) / Binghampton (AHL) - 91st overall in 2009 (3)
    -Lehner is a big butterfly goalie who is seen as the future of goaltending in Ottawa. While spending most of the time in AHL Lehner has had his first taste of the NHL game. Lehner could back up Hiller as soon as 2012-13.

    3) F - Jakob Silfverberg - Brynäs (SEL) - 62nd overall in 2009 (5)
    - Strong, speedy two-way winger with good skills. With 29 points in 48 SEL-games and being selected for the national team, it has been a breakthrough season for Silfverberg. Ottawa is trying to get Silfverberg signed and to come over and possibly make the team from camp.

    4) F - Nick Palmieri - New Jersey (NHL) / Lowell (AHL) - 43rd overall in 2007 (6)
    - Palmieri, was re-called mid season and made an impression on the coaching staff. He has stuck on the Kovalchuk line and has put up some points along with leading the team in +/-. While next fall might be too early, Palmieri should eventually challenge for a place in the top 6 in Colorado as a power forward.

    5) F - Richard Panik - Guelph (OHL) - Trade with Philadelphia in 2010
    - Panik has led Slovakia in the WJC20 the past season and has been one of the leading scorers in the tournament with 6 and 7 goals. He was traded again in the OHL and has had some minor injury problems, but is putting together another solid season. Panik made the Slovakian mens WC team last year and should his season end prior to the WC he should have a good chance to play there again this spring.

    6) F - Nathan Gerbe – Buffalo (NHL) – 198th overall in 2005 (9)
    - The Gerbe has arrived. While he had a slow start to the season with 3 points in 18 games, the offense has come along as of late. In the past 24 games Gerbe has 15 points, equal to the pace of a +50 point season over a full year. On top of this Gerbe is also among the few Buffalo forwards with a positive +/- with +6.

    7) D - Steven Kampfer - Boston (NHL) / Providence (AHL) - 99th overall in 2007 (HM)
    - Last year I wrote Kampfer might as well be in the top 10. This year he is. Kampfer had an outstanding camp and was among the last cuts by the Bruins before the trip to Europe. Kampfer started the season in AHL leading the team with 16 points and a +10 in 20 games before being called up. In 32 games since he has 9 points and a +10. Kampfer will likely fight for a place on the 3rd pair on the Avalanche defense next fall.

    8) D - Carl Sneep – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) – Trade with NYR in 2008 (7)
    - Sneep finished off a successful NCAA season and has had a great start to his pro career. Sneep has 14 points and is +19 on the Penguins AHL team. Depending on possible roster moves Sneep could get a chance to make the NHL roster next fall.

    9) D - Philip Larsen - Texas (AHL) / Dallas (NHL) - 110th overall in 2008 (4)
    - Larsen has had some problems adjusting to the smaller rink, but remains one of the top prospects in the organisation. Larsen has had a few short auditions in Dallas and considering the lack of depth on the Dallas defense, Larsen could have a shot at the roster in the fall.

    10) D - Tyson Barrie - Kelowna (WHL) - 60th overall in 2009 (17)
    - Barrie was named the top defenseman in WHL last season and is among the candidates again this season. Barrie made the Canadian WJC20 team and had a strong tournament. While his offense is about the same as last season, he has worked a lot on the defensive side of the game and has become a much more complete defenseman. Barrie will pprobably need a season in AHL to adjust to the pro game, but with his combination of speed, skills and work ethic he could make the Avalanche fans forget about Shattenkirk soon.

    11) Scott Parse
    12) Dana Tyrrell
    13) Kyle Clifford
    14) Kenny Ryan
    15) Chris Brown
    16) Brett Ponich
    17) Spencer Machacek
    18) Jonas Holös
    19) Michael Latta
    20) Thomas McCollum

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    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011

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