The Colorado Avalanche have chosen Kitchener Rangers captain Gabriel Landeskog with the second overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft. Speculation turned out to be correct that the Avalanche would take a forward, although the trade of John Michael Liles to Toronto earlier in the afternoon fueled rumors that the Avs would take Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson.
Landeskog will provide an instant impact to the Avalanche lineup, as he has been deemed to be the most NHL ready player in this draft. Look for him to jump onto the left wing spot with either Paul Stastny or Matt Duchene as a power forward.
Stay tuned for more analysis of this pick and the #11 pick the Avalanche have.