Rounds 2-7 of the 2014 NHL Draft took place earlier today, not being reserved for prime time like round one was yesterday. In the remaining rounds of the draft, the Colorado Avalanche added six more players to the team's developmental system. Those players in order of selection are as follows: Kyle Wood (D), Nicholas Magyar (RW), Alexis Pepin (LW), Anton Lindholm (D), Maximilian Pajpach (G) and Julien Nantel (C/LW). On day two of the draft, Colorado selected three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender, a fairly balanced draft haul.
Of all the players selected by the Avalanche at this years NHL Draft, the only one with a significant chance to make the opening day roster for the team this season is first round pick Conner Bleackley. His chances of suiting up in the NHL this October are probably about the same as the odds that he goes back to the WHL for another year. As for the rest of Colorado's selections, it would take something profoundly unexpected for any of them to be on the team's roster this fall, especially considering that the Avalanche did not have a second round pick as a result of trading for goaltender Reto Berra at the trade deadline in March. Colorado did, however, have two fourth round selections, hence why they were able to draft seven players in seven rounds without a second round pick.
It is unrealistic to try to project how many of the draft picks will eventually play for the Avalanche, or when that will be. There are plenty of players taken by Colorado in other recent drafts who are further along in their development and have yet to debut with the team. But the opportunity is there for all of them to get there if they keep working hard and getting better. An NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche, now has their pro signing rights. It's certainly a big step on each player's quest to make it to the NHL.Tags: 2014 NHL Draft, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Conner Bleackley, Hockey, NHL