The Avs have done well finding players in the middle and late rounds, but didn't do well in the early rounds (plus you have to consider draft picks that were traded away). There was a noticable change within the last few drafts, a high concentration of NCAA players (few European players). Now that there is a new chief scout, I'll be curious to see if the Avs draft philosophy will change again. My guess is that they'll start drafting European players again (they haven't selected one in the last two drafts), as they have hired some new European scouts.
When it comes to drafted players currently in the NHL, the Avs are in the top five of the NHL. So while they have made mistakes in the early rounds, their late and middle round drafting has made up for some of it.
Last edited by Jori; 12-04-2006 at 09:24 PM..