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Rookie Orientation Camp

Catch Your First Glimpse Of 2011 First-Round Draft Picks

Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 7:27 AM MT / News
By Kyle Shohara
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Rookie Orientation Camp
The Colorado Avalanche's 2011 first-round draft picks will be among fellow prospects taking part in a three-day Rookie Orientation Camp held at Family Sports Center from September 13-15. 

These will be the first the on-ice sessions for Gabriel Landeskog (first selection, second overall) and Duncan Siemens (second selection, 11th overall) as members of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. 

Landeskog, 18, is the Avalanche's highest draft pick since the team moved to Colorado in 1995.  Rated as North America's No. 2 overall skater by NHL Central Scouting entering the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Landeskog became the first European captain in the 48-year-history of the Kitchener Rangers franchise, and, at 17 years of age, also became the team's youngest captain in the last 30 years. 

As a youngster, Landeskog had photos of a his idol and longtime Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg on his wall.  He also pinned up the 2001 Cup-winning team poster, serving as inspiration and motivation, to one day achieve the same dream with the Colorado Avalanche . 

Below is his All-Access feature at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Siemens comes to Rookie Orientation Camp having just turned 18 years of age on September 7.  The big, physical defenseman was chosen 11th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and brings considerable grit and tenacity to the Avalanche organization, and it's easy to see why.  Siemens patterns his game after 13-time NHL All Star defenseman Scott Stevens, who was noted as one of the most intimidating figures on the blueline. 

He brings an offensive aspect to his game, having tallied 43 points (5g/38a) in all 72 games for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.  His plus-minus is equally impressive, finishing the season with a +40 rating, second among team defenseman (current Avalanche prospect and Blades teammate Stefan Elliott was a team-best +62).

Siemens recently participated in Team Canada's World Junior Development Camp held in Edmonton, Alberta.  He was among 47 invitees hoping to earn a spot on a roster that will compete in the 2012 World Junior Championships in January.

Below is a one-on-one interview after being selected by the Avalanche.

ROOKIE CAMP NOTE: Joey Hishon has not been cleared and is not participating in on-ice activities.

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