KUSA - The Colorado Avalanche finished up a successful weekend at the 2014 NHL Draft , where they selected seven players, with Conner Bleackley being the most notable at 23rd overall.
"I think it was a successful weekend as we accomplished our goals and followed or draft plan," said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Pracey. "Addressing our overall depth and bringing in increased size at all positions were two important factors for us, and I think we did that."
Bleackley, who is just 18 years old, was named captain for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League last year and led his team with 68 points, while finishing tied for the lead in goals with 29.
He was also an assistant captain for Canada's Under-18 bronze-medal winning teak at the world championship.
Below is a list of the other six selections.
RD. PICKPLAYER Pos. Team
1 23 Conner Bleackley C Red Deer (WHL)
3 84 Kyle Wood D North Bay (OHL)
4 93 Nicholas Magyar RW Kitchener (OHL)
4 114 Alex Pepin LW Gatineau (QMJHL)
5 144 Anton Lindholm D Skelleftea (Sweden)
6 174 Maximilian Pajpach G Slovakia U18 (Slovakia)
7 204 Julien Nantel LW/C Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
Kyle Wood, defenseman:
Wood played for the North Bay Battalion of the OHL last season, where he registered 10 points in 22 postseason games to help North Bay reach the league finals.
Nicholas Magyar, right wing:
Led the Rangers this past season 46 points in 66 games. He also shared the team's rookie of the year award after being the first rookie to lead Kitchener in scoring since 1999-2000. Magyar is a Cleveland, Ohio native and was a member of Team USA at the 2012 Youth Olympic games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Alexis Pepin, left wing:
Split last season playing for Charlottetown and Gatineau, finishing with a total of 34 points in 60 games. Was also a member Canada's Under-18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as well as playing for Team Quebec at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey challenge, where he scored three goals and added four assists in six games.
Anton Lindholm, defenseman:
Played in seven games professionally for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League. Prior to playing professionally, Lindholm played 122 games with the Skelleftea junior club in the SuperElit league, recording 20 points and 82 penalty minutes in four years.
Maximilian Pajpach, goaltender:
Played for Team Slovakia's Under-18 team where he had 4.32 goals-against average and .867 save percentage in 14 games. He was rated the ninth best European goalie in this year's draft by the NHL Central Scouting.
Julien Nantel, forward:
Was the second highest scoring rookie for the Huskies last season, accumulating 34 points in 68 games and ranked No. 51 in the draft among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.