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Avalanche Selects Shattenkirk In First Round

Monday, 06.25.2007 / 5:03 PM / News
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Avalanche Selects Shattenkirk In First Round
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club selected defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk with its first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft held Friday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
 
Shattenkirk, 18, is a product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, where he has spent the past two years.  He captained the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2006-07, recording 34 points (12g/22a) in 48 games.  He also skated for Team USA at the 2007 Under-18 World Championship in Finland, helping the Americans to a silver medal.  The Greenwich, Conn., native will be attending Boston University this fall.
 
“Kevin is a player we had very high on our draft board,” said Avalanche Chief Scout Ted Hampson.  “He is a very solid defenseman who is a good thinker and puck mover.”
 
Shattenkirk is the Avalanche’s highest draft choice since the club selected Vaclav Nedorost 14th overall in 2000. 
 
NHL Central Scouting describes Shattenkirk as: “an offensive defenseman with good puck skills.  (He) reads the play well and is heady in transition.” 
 
The NHL Entry Draft resumes Saturday with rounds 2-7 beginning at 8:00 a.m. MDT.  The Avalanche has seven picks remaining, including three second-round picks: 45th overall, 49th (from Calgary) and 55th (from Anaheim, originally Atlanta's pick).  The Avs will have one pick in the third round (91st) and also one selection in the fourth round (105th), fifth round (135th) and seventh round (195th).  Colorado traded its sixth-round pick to San Jose in exchange for defenseman Michael Vernace on June 1, 2006.
 
 
KEVIN SHATTENKIRK
5'11" - 193 lbs
Defense, shoots right
January 29, 1989 in Greenwich, Conn.
 
Central Scouting Report: An offensive defenseman with good puck skills…reads the play well and is heady in transition… has good mobility along with quick feet… needs to add a physical presence to his game… needs to improve consistency of his defensive game.

Hockey Profile: Captained the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2006-07…helped Team USA win a silver medal at the 2006 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge – he had seven points (4-3-7) in seven games… recorded 33 points (13-20) in 53 games with the U.S National Under-17 Team in 2005-06… selected to participate in the 2007 World Championships… will be attending Boston University in the fall of 2007.

Personal Profile: If he could have dinner with any three people he would choose: Achilles – “because he was practically immortal", Albert Einstein – “because I would like to know what it’s like to be that smart” and Michael Jordan – “because he never quit and became extremely successful”… his older brother Keith plays at Princeton University in the ECAC… most memorable hockey game watched: Game #6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils when Mark Messier scored a hat trick - Messier guaranteed the media the day before the game that the Rangers would win the game and force Game 7. “I’ve always been a Rangers fan and I think the Eastern Conference Finals game when Mark Messier called out the win and when he actually got it, it was a special moment and obviously the Stanley Cup Final [that year] was amazing”… most memorable game played: the 2005 Midget Minor National Championship game against the California Wave “I scored the overtime goal to win a National Championship. It’s one of the best feelings I’ve had in hockey”… outside of sports he admires Leonardo DaVinci “because he was so creative and ahead of his time”… credits his two older brothers for having the most influence on his career “because it always made me better to compete against them”… his many pre-game rituals and superstitions include: not having his skates sharpened before a game and not allowing anyone to touch his game stick… favorite shootout move: “Mario Lemiuex’s snap shot top-glove that went crossbar and down”… patterns his game after Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and former New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch “because they are well-rounded defensemen”… nickname is Shatty because it’s a family nickname and a tradition… favorites include: Brian Leetch (NHL player), New York Rangers (NHL team), Dave Matthews Band (group), Denzel Washington (actor), Rachel McAdams (actress), Talladega Nights, Goonies and Good Will Hunting (movies), Entourage and Band of Brothers (TV shows) and Mario Tennis (video game).

Statistics
 
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 U.S. Nat'l U-18 USDP 48 12 22   34   60
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