From Indianapolis, John-Michael Liles would play his first seven seasons in the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche, a period that without question was the best of his career.
Liles was drafted in the 5th Round of the 2000 Draft and would join Colorado after a very successful career at Michigan State. The Defenseman would never have a campaign where he had less than 30 Points with Colorado, and the First Team All-Rookie Player would score 275 Points in his career. Liles would have an all-around healthy average of .53 Points per Game for the Avalanche.
The Bullet Points
Acquired:Selected in the 5th Round, 159th Overall in the NHL Draft 6/23/00.
Departed:Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the previously acquired 2012 2nd Round Pick of Boston (which would later be dealt to Dallas and would be Mike WInther) 6/24/11.
Notable Statistics:68 Goals, 207 Assists, 275 Points, 218 PIM, .53 PPG, -16 Plus/Minus, 43.6 Point Shares, 11 Points in 36 Playoff Games
Major Accolades and Awards:First Team All-Rookie (2004)