Colorado Avalanche's first draft choice was goaltender Marc Denis. With the arrival of Saint Patrick, Denis' usefulness diminished and he was traded to Columbus for a draft pick.
When considering the Avalanche's time in both Colorado and Quebec, both the best and worst drafts end up coming from their days in Quebec. The best draft in franchise history is from 1979.
Armed with just 6 picks, the Nordiques made them count! 5 out of 6 picks would end up playing in the NHL with Pierre Lacroix having the shortest career (played 274 games). The other four players would all go on to very long and fruitful careers with Goulet and Hunter being household names.
The worst draft in franchise history goes to the 1985 draft year.
With 13 picks in a pretty poor draft year to begin with the Nordiques drafted all duds. Lafreniere was the only pick to crack 100 NHL games and 8 picks would never touch an NHL surface.