Originally posted on Mile High Sports  |  Last updated 6/28/14
Unlike last year, the Colorado Avalanche had to wait as other clubs selected first during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That speaks to the incredible rebound of a season that the Avs had following the first overall pick at the draft just 365 days ago. Choosing 23rd, Colorado watched as the big ticket names were gobbled up until there seemed to be the perfect story emerging. Without much hesitation, Joe Sakic, executive vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche, walked up on the stage and called out the name of 18-year-old center Conner Bleackley, welcoming him as the newest addition to the club. Captain of the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League, Bleackley had an outstanding 71-game campaign—his second with the team—as he finished with 29 goals and 39 assists last season. His play not only earned him a role as an on-ice leader, but also showcased a 50-point improvement over the year previous. “One thing that attracted us to Conner is hi...
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