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Historically, the Colorado Avalanche haven't had a deep prospect pool. Sure, there was the occasional late-round pick that turned into a Milan Hejduk or a Chris Drury, but for the most part that Avalanche haven't bred any star players. That's not a knock on them; when you're a power house team, you trade away your first-round picks in order to make the best short-term team possible before a Stanley Cup run. But the glory days are over. Management had to take a long hard look at where they wanted to start the foundation, and they ultimately chose defense. Over the past three drafts, Colorado has used at least one first or second-round pick to draft a defenseman, and they seem to have done a bang up job by looking at the draftee's junior successes. á Tyson Barrie (2009 - 64th Overall) The ...

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