The crop was headlined by first round selection (23rd overall) Connor Bleackley. Bleackley is a two-way forward, who grew up rooting for the Avalanche and idolizing Joe Sakic (his new boss).
“If there is one place I had to go, that was the place I would want to go,” said Bleackley. "Now that it has happened, it's really a dream come true."
In total, the Avalanche took two players from each of the Canadian junior leagues leagues (the WHL, OHL and QMJHL), one from Sweden and one from Slovakia. Something that jumps out about the class is their size, as the picks are all at least six feet tall and weigh at least 191 pounds.
“I think it was a successful weekend as we accomplished our goals and followed our 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."
Many experts believed the Avalanche would select a power forward in the first round (with Brendan Lemieux being the likely choice), but Pracey was hoping that Bleackley would fall to the Avalanche. The signings of prospects Borna Rendulic, Samuel Henley and Dennis Everberg might have also alleviated that organizational need, as all three are considered power forwards , and are at least 6-3 and 200 pounds.
Here is a look at the 2014 draft class for the Colorado Avalanche