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NHL Draft 2011 Results: Colorado Avalanche Mix Offense And Defense In Selections

With both days of the 2011 NHL Draft done, who did the Colorado Avalanche add to their franchise? It all starts at the top with left winger Gabriel Landeskog, possibly the top talent in the draft, taken at No. 2 overall.  He is likely to be on the Avalanche's Opening Night roster this fall, ready to contribute immediately.

With the No. 11 overall pick, the Avalanche took defenseman Duncan Siemens and will likely watch him develop in the juniors for another season or so. But the Avalanche will take a big, tough defender whenever they can get him.

Though they didn't have a selection in either the second or the third round, the Avalanche did trade John-Michael Liles to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2012 second-round pick, a much deeper draft.

In Round 4-7, the Avalanche took two centers and two defensemen. They could turn into decent prospects a few years down the line.

Full results of the Avalanche's 2011 draft:

Name Pos Round Pick (Ovr) Previous Team
Gabriel Landeskog LW 1 2 (2) Kitchener
Duncan Siemens D 1 11 (11) Saskatoon
Joachim Nermark C 4 2 (93) Linkoping
Garrett Meurs C 5 2 (123) Plymouth
Gabriel Beaupre D 6 2 (153) Val d'Or
Dillon Donnelly D 7 2 (183) Shawinigan