Drew Helleson

Colorado Avalanche
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Fantasy Summary

Big d-man with shutdown top-4 potential


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 26, 2001
Height 6‘3”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 2; Overall: 47

Observations

May 2020 – Helleson’s freshman year at Boston College was quiet. He wasn’t high on the depth chart of the defense corps, but he did just fine in the time he got as a defense-first rearguard. He isn’t a significant scorer, shooter, blocker, or penalty-taker, which is all fine when waiting on a minute-munching shutdown player but not great news for fantasy owners. Hold off drafting for the time being, and see if he evolves into a more well-rounded producer as his role increases in Boston. Expect at least two more years of NCAA play before turning pro. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2019 – The Colorado Avalanche selected Helleson with the 47th-overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft. This was roughly his projected draft location.

 

Paired with fellow second-rounder Alex Vlasic, Helleson helped form a towering shutdown unit. His size is an obvious advantage, especially at his age, but he is mobile enough to be versatile. He hasn’t demonstrated enough offense to be considered a good fantasy bet yet outside of multi-category leagues, but by no means is his future set in stone already. Lots of room to develop and potentially carve out a less traditional big-rearguard role while at Boston College this fall. Hayden Soboleski


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Los Angeles Jr. Kings QC Int PW 4 1 1 2 8 |          
 2014-2015 Los Angeles Jr. Kings 13U AAA T1EHL 13U 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 MNBEL Kings Bantam 6 0 2 2 - |          
  Shattuck St. Mary's 14U T1 Bantam 46 6 28 34 14 |          
 2016-2017 Shattuck St. Mary's U16 Midget 52 6 31 37 30 |          
  Team Royal USA-S15 3 0 0 0 - |          
 2017-2018 USNTDP Juniors USHL 34 2 16 18 14 | Playoffs 8 2 5 7
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 61 5 35 40 28 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 1 0 1 4 |          
 2018-2019 USNTDP Juniors USHL 28 4 7 11 18 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 64 5 18 23 28 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 0 3 3 0 |          
 2019-2020 Boston College NCAA 28 1 5 6 12 |          
 2020-2021 Boston College NCAA - - - - - |          

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