Kevin Shattenkirk, Colorado Avalanche
With the NHL becoming younger every day, it has grown increasingly important to draft and develop well. Very few teams have been able to do that as well as the Colorado Avalanche.
With the plethora of injuries that the Avalanche have dealt with, the success of the team so far this season has depended directly on the young talent within the organization.
The 2007 draft may have been one of the deepest drafts in recent history and the Avalanche are already reaping the benefits of solid scouting. Now it’s time to revisit the 2007 draft and check up on these prospects.
Kevin Shattenkirk (D) – First round, 14th overall
The Avalanche took the Greenwich, Connecticut native with their first pick in the 2007 draft. The 5’11” defenseman attended Boston University after playing two seasons for the U.S. National Team Development Program. In his last year at B.U. Kevin was named team captain and led the Terriers to a national title. After starting this season for Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Lake Erie, Kevin was called up due to injury trouble. In his first nine games, he has recorded two goals and three assists. Kevin is starting to settle in to the Avalanche line-up and has developed nicely into an NHL caliber player.
Colby Cohen (D) – Second round, 45th overall
Colby Cohen, the 6’2” native of Villanova, Pennsylvania, was a teammate of Kevin Shattenkirk in Boston after being drafted out of the USHL where he played for the Lincoln Stars. With his booming shot from the point, Colby was able to record 60 points in only 53 games in Lincoln. Not bad for a player who is also responsible in his own end. He was also called up earlier this season to fill a void on the banged up Avalanche blue line, but has since been sent back down.
Trevor Cann (G) – Second round, 49th overall
Drafted out of the OHL while playing for the Peterborough Petes, Cann was the first goaltender taken by the Avalanche in the 2007 draft. He finished up his junior career in 2009 with the London Knights, amassing 94 total wins in his OHL career. Trevor made the jump to professional hockey the next season, appearing in 13 games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. Currently the backup in Lake Erie, Cann still has a bit of developing to do before he can compete in the NHL.
T.J. Galiardi (LW) – Second round, 55th overall
The Calgary, Alberta native might be Avalanche fan’s best-known pick from the 2007 draft as he was the first from this draft class to crack the Avalanche line-up. Originally drafted out of Dartmouth College, Galiardi made his first appearance in an Avalanche jersey on March 19th, 2009 and has appeared in 95 games overall. With 21 goals and 49 points in his career thus far, Galiardi will continue to contribute offensively for the Avalanche when he returns from a wrist injury suffered earlier this season.
Brad Malone (C) – Fourth round, 105th overall
The cousin of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone, Brad is playing in his senior season with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Originally drafted from the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL where he recorded 33 points and 134 penalty minutes in 57 games. In 131 career games for North Dakota, the power forward has recorded 52 points. Expect Brad to make the jump to the professional level next season in Lake Erie.
Kent Patterson (G) – Fourth round, 113th overall
Kent had a record of 20-5-3 en route to being drafted out of the USHL where he played for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Now in his junior season at the University of Minnesota, he has appeared in 23 games for the Golden Gophers while posting a save percentage of .912 and a goals against average of 2.65. With another year of college eligibility, it is not certain when Kent plans on going pro.
Paul Carey (C) – Fifth round, 135th overall
Drafted out of Salisbury High School in Connecticut, Paul is currently playing for Boston College. Now a junior, he has recorded 40 points in 77 career games for the Eagles. Played a significant role in B.C.’s national championship run last season, posting 21 points over 41 games.
Jens Hellgren (D) – Sixth round, 155th overall
The native of Bjorbo, Sweden is currently playing for Boros HC in Sweden. At 6’3” and 192 lbs. Hellgren is a big defenseman who is known for being very responsible in his own end, but has developed the all around game that the Avalanche had anticipated.
Johan Alcen (LW) – Seventh round, 195th overall
Another Swedish born player, Alcen is still honing his skills in his home country. At 6’1”, 189 lbs. the grinder has spent time between Brynas U20’s junior squad and their senior club in the Swedish Elite League over the past three seasons.