Avalanche Draft Off the Board, Select Forward Joey Hishon

James CriderCorrespondent IJune 26, 2010

WINDSOR, ON - JANUARY 20:  Joey Hishon #19 of Team Orr skates in the  Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game against Team Cherry on January 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Team Cherry defeated Team Orr 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Who?

This is the question many fans were asking themselves when the Avalanche selected forward Joey Hishon 17th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. I'm not sure I have an answer.

Hishon is an undersized center who's played the past three years with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. His best statistical season was in 2008-2009, when he registered 37 goals and 81 points in 65 games.

However, 2009-2010 was a disastrous year for Hishon, as he only played 36 games due to foot and knee problems. This combined with the fact that Hishon is a center-a position the Avalanche are well off at and that he only stands at 5'9" makes this pick a bit eyebrow raising.

To give an idea of how off the board the Avalanche went, TSN's Bob McKenzie had Hishon ranked 51st overall , and there was a good possibility the Avalanche could have selected him when they choose 47th tomorrow.

Entry drafts are always a crap shoot, so it's much too early to assume the Avalanche made a bad pick simply because more hyped up players were available. But, looking at all the facts, there's no doubt this selection is a head-scratcher.

Eat your heart out, Glen Sather .

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