Height 1.91 m
Weight 87 kg
|Name Duncan Siemens|
Role Ice hockey player
|Born September 7, 1993 (age 29)
Edmonton, AB, CAN (1993-09-07) |
NHL team (P) Cur. team Colorado Avalanche San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2011 Colorado Avalanche
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Duncan Siemens (born September 7, 1993) a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, 11th overall, by the Avalanche in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Siemens was raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta. He first played hockey as a bantam with the Sherwood Park Flyers in the Alberta Midget Bantam Hockey League. After two years with the Flyers, Siemens remained in Sherwood and progressed to play midget hockey with the Sherwood Park Kings. Showing a good skating ability for a large frame, Siemens opted to play major junior hockey with the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League making his debut at the tail end of the 2008–09 season.
In his rookie year with the Blades as a 16-year-old, Siemens appeared in 57 games from the blueline contributing with 20 points for the 2009–10 season. Showing early promise, Siemens was selected to Canada's under-18 team for the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, in which they captured the gold medal. In the 2011–12 season, Siemens was elevated to the Blades' top pairing alongside Avalanche draft pick, Stefan Elliott. Combining in a formidable partnership, Siemens whilst defensively minded contributed with a career high 43 points in 72 games, earning a selection to the WHL's Second All-Star Team.
Rated as the fourth best North American defenseman by the NHL Central Scouting and despite being one of the youngest eligible in age, Siemens was selected 11th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, with the pick acquired from the St Louis Blues along with Erik Johnson and Jay McClement in exchange for a second round pick, Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk. On July 28, 2011 the Colorado Avalanche signed Siemens to a three-year deal.
Following his first training camp with the Avalanche he was returned to Captain the Saskatoon Blades for the 2011–12 season. Without the offensive presence of Elliott alongside, Siemens offensive output suffered with 28 points. He was limited to 57 games due to a concussion suffered against the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 4, 2012, ruling him out for a month. Following a first round exit with the Blades, Siemens signed an amateur try-out contract with Colorado's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters on March 31, 2012. He made his professional debut later that night against the Texas Stars in a 4-0 defeat and dressed in two further games.
Approaching his final year in junior in the 2012–13 season with the Blades playing host to the Memorial Cup, Siemens was stripped of the Captaincy at the Blades' training camp by coach Lorne Molleken in favour of newcomer Brendan Walker. While also being left of the leadership team, Siemens struggles matched the Blades to begin the year. Having rediscovered his game throughout the season, Siemens finished third amongst defenceman with 32 points in 70 games. He recorded a Plus/minus of +41 over the final 51 regular season games. In the post-season, the Blades were bundled out of the first round in four games before playing in a further 4 games for 1 assist in the Memorial Cup.
After his third Avalanche training camp, Siemens was assigned to begin his first full professional season in 2013–14 with the Monsters. With the intention of modelling his defensive game in the mould of Scott Stevens and Adam Foote, Siemens began the year focusing on his defensive and physical presence. Having missed 28 games due to injury, on February 5, 2014, Siemens belatedly notched his first professional goal and point against the Grand Rapids Griffins. In 46 games with the Monsters, Siemens would finish with 4 points.
In the 2014–15 season, Siemens appeared in 54 games with limited offense in Lake Erie, before again suffering from injury. With the Avalanche out of playoff contention on April 10, 2015, Siemens received his first NHL recall by the Avalanche. He made his debut in the regular season finale against the Chicago Blackhawks, a 3-2 victory on April 11, 2015.