DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche selected Swedish center Joachim Nermark in the fourth round of the NHL draft Saturday, a day after making two of the top 11 picks.
After taking Swedish left winger Gabriel Landeskog with the No. 2 overall pick and Saskatoon defenseman Duncan Siemens with the 11th choice Friday night, the Avalanche took Nermark in the fourth round with the 93rd overall selection. They also took center Garrett Meurs in the fifth round, defenseman Gabriel Beaupre in the sixth and defenseman Dillon Donnelly in the seventh.
“We accomplished the overall goal this weekend,” Avs director of amateur scouting Rick Pracey said. “Having two picks in the top 11 was a great situation and Friday was an exciting night for the whole organization. After all the planning and prep work by our amateur staff, it was a good feeling to execute our plan.”
Nermark had eight goals and 18 assists for Linkoping Jr. in Sweden this past season, while Meurs had 10 goals and 31 assists in 68 games for Plymouth in the Ontario Hockey League.
Beaupre spent last season with Val-D’Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, finishing with three goals and 15 assists in 66 regular-season games.
Donnelly had a goal, seven assists and 153 penalty minutes in 63 games for Shawinigan in the QMJHL. He’s the son of former NHL player Gord Donnelly, now a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.
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