2015 NHL Draft: Colorado Avalanche draft review

By Chau Vo

Jean-Christophe Beaudin - Colorado Avalanche - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies center Jean-Christophe Beaudin was a third round pick for the Colorado Avalanche at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)




Nicolas Meloche, D, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
2nd round, 40th overall
Height: 6-3 Weight: 204

Nicolas Meloche is a great addition to an already strong defensive prospect pool for the Avalanche. Meloche is an all-around defenseman with size, physicality, and puck moving abilities. He saw time on the top power play unit for Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL.His upside is that of a top-pairing defenseman and had an impressive campaign as a 16 year old two seasons ago. He followed up a 25 points in 54 games performance with 34 points in 44 games his draft year.

Meloche is a cerebral defenseman with the skills to make him deadly at both ends of the ice. He has the potential to be one of the top defensemen selected in the 2015 draft.

Jean-Christophe Beaudin, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

3rd round, 71st overall
Height: 6-1 Weight: 181

Jean-Christophe Beaudin is a great skater with impressive two-way play. He is considered one of the underrated prospects in this year’s draft. His teammate on the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Julien Nantel, was the Avalanche’s seventh round selection in last year’s draft. It is entirely possible that one of the Avalanche’s QMJHL scouts while watching Nantel’s progress saw enough of Beaudin to make a case for selecting him with the team’s third round pick.

Beaudin scored 14 goals and 39 assists for 53 points in 68 games in the 2014-15 season. He added five more points in six playoff games for the Huskies.

Andrei Mironov, D, Moscow Dynamo (KHL)
4th round, 101st overall

Height: 6-2 Weight: 176

It has been over ten years since the Avalanche drafted a player out of Russia but Andrei Mironov was as good of a pick as any. The big defenseman is an overager at 20 years old but he is an already established KHL regular, KHL Gagarin Cup Champion, KHL All-Star, and has extensive international experience playing for the Russian national team.

Mironov is a good defensive-defenseman for Moscow Dynamo and has seen time on the power play and penalty kill units. He averages 15 minutes of ice time per night and plays a mean and nasty brand of hockey. His contract with Moscow Dynamo expires in two years but depending on the resolution of a transfer agreement between the NHL and KHL, he could come over to North America before then. He has previously expressed interest in playing in the NHL.

Sergei Boikov, D, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

6th round, 161st overall

Height: 6-2 Weight: 195

Two rounds after selecting Mironov, the Avalanche selected another overage Russian defender who plays a physical style of hockey. Unlike Mironov, Sergei Boikov plays in the QMJHL for the Drummondville Voltigeurs but is a native of Khabarovsk, Russia.

Boikov played three games for Kuznetskie Medvedi in the MHL, Russia’s top junior league, in 2013. The following year, he made his QMJHL debut for the Voltigeurs and appeared in all 68 games. In those 68 games, he registered two goals, ten assists, and 89 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 11 playoff games where he had one point.

This previous season, Boikov played in 64 games for the Voltigeurs and scored 21 points.

Gustav Olhaver, C, Rogle J20 (SuperElit)

7th round, 191st overall

Height: 6-6 Weight: 214

Shortly after being selected 191st overall by the Avalanche, Gustav Olhaver was selected 44th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the CHL import draft. He quickly decided it was best for his development if he were to travel overseas and take advantage of the opportunity to play in North America and be closer to the Avalanche so they can monitor his development.

Olhaver is a big forward who plays a physical style of hockey and likes to use his body to his advantage in and round the net. In the last three seasons, he has seen time with Rogle’s U20, U18, and U16 teams. In his draft season, while playing for Rogle’s U20 team in Sweden’s highest junior league, he scored 12 points in 41 games. He added 25 points in 18 games for the U18 team.

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