It is a well known fact that players drafted in late rounds don't often make the ranks of an NHL team. If your team does happen to select a gem, it can be like striking gold.
Just ask the Detroit Red Wings, whose two best players, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, were selected in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.
The Avalanche have been known to make some shrewd late round picks as well, nabbing Dan Hinote (seventh), John-Michael Liles (fifth) and David Jones (ninth) well after the opening rounds.
But for every hit, there are at least a couple of misses.
Ever heard of Jonas Johansson?
Or Mikhail Kuleshov?
Or Vaclav Nedorost?
All three were first round picks by the Avalanche that turned out to be busts.
The last few years have produced a bit more talent, though, and the organization seems to be sitting prettier at present than in years past.
Let's take a look at the top-10 Avalanche prospects, where they are now, and what can be expected of them in the future.