Avalanche 2007 draft review

By Josh Collopy

The Avalanche selected nine players in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft: five forwards, two defensemen, and two goaltenders. The highlight of the draft for the Avalanche could turn out to be in the goalie department. Colorado selected possibly the two most talented goalies in the draft in Trevor Cann and Kent Patterson. They also added some offensive-minded defensemen in the first two rounds of the draft with Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen.

Kevin Shattenkirk, D
1st Round, 14th Overall, 5’11, 193lbs

A native of New Rochelle, NY, Shattenkirk has spent the past two seasons with the USNTDP. Shattenkirk was elected captain of the team, including at the U-18 IIHF World Championships. Shattenkirk scored 34 points on 12 goals in 48 games for the NTDP in 2006-07. Shattenkirk was named to the U-18 World Championships All-Tournament team and was named the tournament’s best defenseman. Shattenkirk has committed to attend Boston University in this fall. He has a great vision for the ice and is a proven leader. Shattenkirk has shown a tremendous upside in offensive ability.

Colby Cohen, D — Lincoln, USHL
2nd Round, 45th Overall, 6’2, 200lbs

Cohen is a 6’2 defenseman from Villanova, PA. Cohen spent the 2006-07 season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where he led all defensemen in scoring with 60 points on 13 goals and 47 assists with 110 penalty minutes in 53 games played. Cohen is offensive minded; he reads the ice well and is a good passer out of his own end. Cohen was only a +5 in 2006-07 and reportedly needs to work on his defensive positioning.

Trevor Cann, G
— Peterborough, OHL
2nd Round, 49th Overall, 5’10, 199lbs

Cann posted excellent numbers in 2006-07 on a poor Peterborough Petes team. He posted a record of 23-32-1-4 with a 3.69 GAA and a .909 save percentage. The Oakville, ON native showed great poise by continuing to work hard through a tough season. Cann has had his share of international experience, guiding the Canadian U-18 team to a gold medal in 2006. Cann has also been invited to the 2007 Canadian National Junior Team Camp. Cann should see his numbers improve this season as the Petes look to continue rebuilding in 2007-08.

T.J. Galiardi, W — Dartmouth, ECAC
2nd Round, 55th Overall, 6’2, 172lbs

Galiardi was named to the ECAC Hockey League’s All-Rookie team in 2006-07 after posting 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 33 games played. He is a talented winger with great skating ability. Galiardi has all the tools to be a great offensive threat. He has a good hockey mind to go along with excellent puckhandling skills. Galiardi is able to use his patience and ability to make great passes to teammates. As Galiardi grows his physical presence on offensive will begin to show. The only knock on him is his lack of aggressiveness; Galiardi will become a much more valuable player if he can learn to play with more of an edge.

Brad Malone, C/LW — Sioux Falls, USHL
4th Round, 105th Overall, 6’1, 207lbs

Malone is a big power forward from New Brunswick. While playing with Sioux Falls in the USHL in 2006-07, Malone scored 14 goals on his way to 33 points with 134 penalty minutes in 57 games. Malone likes to use his size to bang bodies in the corner. Malone’s 134 penalty minutes was second on the team and 13th in the USHL. Malone has shown good poise on the power play where he scored seven of his 14 goals. As Malone continues to grow, his physical presence should continue to increase, which could make him a valuable winger in the future.

Kent Patterson, G — Cedar Rapids, USHL
4th Round, 113th Overall, 6’0, 184lbs

Patterson, a native of Plymouth, Minnesota, was the second goaltender the Avalanche selected in the 2007 entry draft. In his first USHL season, Patterson put up solid numbers, posting a record of 20-5-3-2 with a 2.91 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 29 games. Patterson finished second in the USHL in save percentage and seventh in goals against average. Patterson was the youngest player in the NHL Entry Draft this year; his birth date of 9-15-89 was the cutoff date for this year’s draft. Patterson has yet to really be tested after sharing duty in Cedar Rapids this past year. If Patterson had been born one day later, he very well may have been the top goalie prospect in the 2008 Entry Draft.

Paul Carey, C — Salisbury High School, Connecticut HS
5th Round, 135th Overall, 6’0, 175lbs

Carey, who is listed as a center, can play all three forward positions. In 24 games with Salisbury High School, Carey scored 17 goals on his way to 27 points. Over his last two years at Salisbury, Carey has shown offensive consistency scoring 52 points in 51 games since the 2005-06 season. Carey has seen time on the power play and sees the ice very well. Carey is an all-around athlete, he also plays soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring. Carey has committed to attend Boston College in the fall of 2008. He will look to continue to add to his size and strength over the next few years.

Jens Hellgren, D
— Frolunda Jr., Sweden Jr.
6th Round, 155th Overall, 6’3, 192lbs

Hellgren, a native of Bjorbo, Sweden, scored 10 points on four goals in 40 games in 2006-07. Hellgren has several good traits, including his vision and passing. He skates well for a big man and has solid offensive instincts. Hellgren has good height at 6’3, however, he does not possess a lot of strength. In the defensive end, Hellgren is inconsistent and tries to make too many fancy plays. If Hellgren can learn to make the simple plays and add some strength, he has the makings of a solid defenseman.

Johan Alcen, W — Brynas, Sweden
7th Round, 195th Overall, 6’1, 189lbs

Alcen played 26 games with Brynas, where he scored 46 points on 17 goals with 46 penalty minutes. Alcen has a lot of international experience having played for the Sweden national junior teams each of the past fours years including U16,U17, U18, and U19. He reads the ice well and has good overall hockey sense. Alcen has spent three years playing Superelit in Sweden.

DJ Powers, Johan Nilsson, Sean Ruck, and Jeff Dahlia contributed to this article. Copyright 2007 HockeyÆs Future.  Do not reprint or otherwise duplicate without permission of the editorial staff.