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Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
2010-11 Stats: 31G, 50A, 81 points in 71 games played. Finished the regular season plus-62.
The WHL's defensive player of the year has a good chance at cracking the Avs' blue line roster this year, but he'll have his work cut out for him in training camp.
His numbers speak for themselves—he blew up the WHL record for scoring as a defenseman and was solid in his own zone, ending the season with a plus-62 rating.
If he can carry that type of production into training camp, he could earn a roster spot in place of John Michael Liles—the team's former power-play quarterback. The Avalanche are deep at defense, with Erik Johnson, Jan Hejda, Shane O'Brien and Ryan O'Byrne all but guaranteed roster spots. Kyle Cumiskey, Kyle Quincey, Ryan Wilson, and Matt Hunwick will be competing with Elliott for remaining ice time.
Quincey, Wilson and Hunwick were inconsistent last year. Hunwick in particular had a very bad year with the Avalanche, finishing the season with a minus-19 rating. Elliott could give these NHL regulars a run for their money.
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