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Lemieux, part two: Avs ponder taking Claude’s son Brendan

Jun 11, 2014, 9:23 AM EDT

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There are going to be a lot of familiar last names at the 2014 NHL Draft, but one of them might pop up for a familiar team.

Barrie Colts forward Brendan Lemieux is of interest to the Colorado Avalanche. Brendan’s father, Claude, has a bit of history with the franchise as he was part of the 1996 Stanley Cup-winning team.

As Mike Chambers of The Denver Post writes, Claude’s connections with former teammates Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic might help lead to Brendan putting on an Avalanche sweater in Philadelphia.

“Whether it’s my dad’s relationship with Patrick or my relationship with Patrick, they’re not going to base their decision around that,” Brendan Lemieux said Tuesday. “It’s bigger business nowadays, and I know they’ll draft the best player available and what they need. I’m looking forward to whichever team picks me, but if I go to Colorado at No. 23, I won’t be disappointed at all. It will be a dream.”

Brendan is the 28th-best North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting. He had 27 goals and 53 points in Barrie this season and was a teammate of potential top pick, defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

The possibilities of seeing Claude’s son land on a team he’s got history with are juicy. Obviously the Avalanche connections are there, but with New Jersey and Montreal picking late in Round 1, seeing him chosen by them makes for a great story as well.

You don’t suppose the Detroit Red Wings might be interested if he slips into the second-round, do you?

  1. anthj99 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    ‘ Tis the season for sensationalist stories that make people “feel good”. Stay tuned for none of these stories to come to fruition.

    • bluesrawesome - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      The Blues taking Ryan Macinnis or Nick Schmaltz. The Islanders taking Sam Reinhart.

  2. avscup - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Avs need grit and toughness. Kid can score a bit also. Not likely to happen though. They draft 23rd. Who knows how they have him ranked though.

  3. thecheeman - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Hard to see him getting past sentimental Lou at 32

  4. kfraser91 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    wings better not take him..i wouldnt want anything having to do with claude lemieux on a redwings roster. that was the dirtiest hockey play ive seen up until bertuzzi smh

    • avscup - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Right because the Wings of that era were never dirty! Lol! That was simply bad luck.

  5. djshnooks - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    The Islanders aren’t getting near Reinhart…he’s going to Buffalo.

    And he could very well join a former Sabres’ son…Daniel Audette. His dad was Donald Audette who played for the Sabres.

    Dominic Turgeon could also end up in Buffalo…his dad was, obviously, Pierre.

    Both were mentioned by Kevin Devine on the radio as guys they’d like to “bring home to start their careers where they belong.”

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