Future Considerations

Siemens sent to Saskatoon
September 24, 2011, 1:13 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Colorado Avalanche have returned defenseman Duncan Siemens to the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.

The move came after the Avalanche dropped a preseason contest 3-2 to the St. Louis Blues. The Sherwood Park, AB. native was pointless in nearly 19 minutes of action but was named the game’s third star.

Siemens, selected in the first round, 11th overall in June’s NHL Entry Draft, 38 assists and 43 points in 72 games with the Blades last year. He also had 121 penalty minutes.

The rugged blueliner is expected to wear a letter upon his return to Saskatoon’s lineup. He was voted as an assistant last year, but gave it up after fellow Avalanche prospect Stefan Elliott returned to the club. Continue reading

2011 draftees push for NHL jobs

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season.

In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five.

The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.

Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, will do his part in getting the number up.

The right winger was widely regarded as the most NHL-ready forward from the 2011 class and will get every opportunity to make his mark in Colorado. The Kitchener Rangers, whom Landeskog spent last season with, is so confident in the six-foot 200-pound forward’s ability to turn pro that they released him from their roster before June’s Import Draft. Continue reading

Avs ink top two from 2011
July 28, 2011, 5:43 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Colorado Avalanche made a big splash on June 25th after selecting both Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The club made more waves by signing the duo to entry level deals Thursday.

“We are pleased to have both Gabriel and Duncan under contract,” Colorado general manager and executive V.P. Greg Sherman said in a team released statement. “We look forward to them participating in their first training camp this fall.”

Regarded as the most NHL-ready player in the draft, the six-foot-one, 205-pound Landeskog is expected to compete for a roster spot on the Avalanche this season. The left winger, selected second overall, scored 36 goals and 66 points in 53 games last season with the Kitchener Rangers. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Duncan Siemens – Colorado Avalanche
June 26, 2011, 11:08 am
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Avalanche take Siemens 11th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:39 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Colorado Avalanche have selected Duncan Siemens with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Modeling his game after former New Jersey Devils great Scott Stevens, Siemens hasn’t shied away from throwing devastating open ice hits for the Saskatoon Blades. Like Stevens, the Sherwood Park, AB. native isn’t shy to make his presence felt to his opposition, playing a chippy, rough-and-tumble game that irritates and intimidates opposing forwards. Needless to say, the gritty blueliner is miserable to play against.

Siemens possesses a quality offensive game as well. Criticized for being part of a Blades team that led the WHL in scoring, many feel Siemens’ production of 43 points in 72 games was the product of his defensive partner, Stefan Elliott of the Colorado Avalanche. Still, the six-foot-three, 190-pound defenseman is mobile, has poise with the puck and is always encouraged by head coach Lorne Molleken to join the rush. Continue reading

Avalanche take Landeskog 2nd overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 7:30 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Colorado Avalanche have selected Gabriel Landeskog second overall.

Many consider Landeskog the most NHL ready forward of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and his performance at the NHL combine did nothing to quell that rumour.

A physical specimen at six-foot-one and 205-pounds, the Swede shows a veteran discipline and always finishes his checks with a high level of grit, intensity and determination.

But the Kitchener Rangers captain isn’t all about grinding it out.

Landeskog possesses a heavy wrister that found the back of the net 36 times in 53 OHL games this season. Needless to say, he can finish. He can also dish the puck as well, but is more suited at putting the puck behind the net. Continue reading

Canada unveils development camp roster

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.

But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.

Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading