CHICAGO – The Colorado Avalanche used the 94th overall selection of the 2017 NHL Draft on right wing Nick Henry of the Regina Pats (WHL). Listed at 5’11’, 190 pounds, Henry put up an impressive season on a powerhouse Pats team, registering 81 points (35g, 46a) in 72 games.

Henry fills a hole for the Avalanche in the prospect pool as they had a glaring need at wing and after using their first two selections of the draft on defensemen, a forward was in order.

The Black Book has this to say about Henry:

Henry has very good awareness of where his teammates are on the ice. When he has time with the puck, he consistently makes smart decisions with his head up. He passes the puck hard and makes plays quickly. This makes him very effective on the powerplay as he can zip passes cross-ice to teammates at ease. He does
not tend to be a creative by beating defenseman but shows creativity and catches defenders off guard with his playmaking skills. He seldom held onto the puck for too long and understands his limitations and when he needs to either shoot or move the puck.

One of Nick’s best assets is his shooting ability. He has a great release and heavy shot that he makes him dangerous in most areas of the offensive zone. In addition, he likes to take advantage of his one-timer when he sees an opportunity to catch the goalie out of position. His shot is heavy both in stride and flat-footed from the half-wall, where he is usually is situated on the powerplay.

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AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later. Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.

  • Chucklez

    FF, I guess my question for you is why should I trust your draft judgement over national experts like Button or Uncle Bob? It’s not like you were right about AJ Greer…

    • Chucklez

      Isn’t the trend though towards Makar style puck movers? I’m not so sure that Greer sucks and also that Makar can’t play.

  • Logan Riley

    What team in their right mind would’ve taken any of those guys? It would cost us picks to move them not the other way around.

    • Logan Riley

      Ah yeah next year we can ship Soda for a first. Mmmhmmm

    • bd15

      They didn’t get a 1st for Reaves. They moved up 20 spots from the 2nd round to first round.

      • bd15

        I said they got a 1st round pick, FYI. Read. They didn’t get a 1st (Klim) for Reaves. There was more to the trade that you’re leaving out. No one wants the players that you mentioned in your original post. Maybe trade them at the deadline for 5th round picks, otherwise let the contract run out.

  • Logan Riley

    Yeah let’s just ignore the goalie position in the draft next time, sure that will work out well.

    • Okay then

      How is Marc Denis relevant? That pick was 20+ years ago and as a matter of fact you just presented an argument against taking a goalie so early. Thanks!

  • Logan Riley

    Who would take Comeau for a pick?