Duncan Siemens
Born September 7, 1993 (1993-09-07) (age 27)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Milwaukee Admirals
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2011
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2012–present

Duncan Siemens (born September 7, 1993) a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing under contract to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL).

He was selected in the first round (11th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

Siemens was raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. 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, he remained in Sherwood and progressed to play midget hockey with the Sherwood Park Kings. Showing a good skating ability for a large frame, he 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.

During Duncan's rookie year with the Blades as a 16-year-old, he appeared in 57 games from the blueline contributing with 20 points for the 2009–10 season. Showing early promise, he 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, Duncan was elevated to the Blades' top pairing alongside Avalanche draft pick, Stefan Elliott. Combining in a formidable partnership, he 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, he 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 & Jay McClement) in exchange for a second round pick, Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk.

On July 28, 2011 the Colorado Avalanche signed Duncan 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.

However, without the offensive presence of Elliott alongside, his 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, Duncan 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, Duncan 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, he finished third amongst defenceman with 32 points in 70 games.

Duncan 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.

Professional[edit | edit source]

After his third Avalanche training camp, Duncan was assigned to begin his first full professional season in 2013–14 with the Monsters. With the intention of modeling his defensive game in the mold of Scott Stevens and Adam Foote, he began the year focusing on his defensive and physical presence.

Having missed 28 games due to injury, on February 5, 2014, Duncan belatedly notched his first professional goal and point against the Grand Rapids Griffins. In 46 games with the Monsters, he would finish with 4 points.

In the 2014–15 season, he 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, Duncan 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.

On February 24, 2018, Duncan recorded his first NHL point on an assist on Nathan MacKinnon's single goal in a loss to the Calgary Flames. He earned his first NHL goal, and recorded his first NHL fight, on March 1, 2018, against the Calgary Flames.

After five seasons within the Avalanche organization and unable to establish himself at the NHL level, Duncan was not tendered a qualifying offer as an impending restricted free agent by the Avalanche on June 25, 2018.

He went un-signed as a free agent over the following summer before accepting an invitation to attend the Calgary Flames 2018 training camp in September.

After participating in the pre-season, Duncan was released from his try-out with the Flames. Three months into the 2018–19 season, he was signed to a one-year AHL contract with the Milwaukee Admirals, affiliate to the Nashville Predators on December 5, 2018.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Sherwood Park Kings AMHL 34 5 13 18 68
2008–09 Saskatoon Blades WHL 2 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Saskatoon Blades WHL 57 3 17 20 89 7 0 0 0 11
2010–11 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 5 38 43 121 10 1 3 4 15
2011–12 Saskatoon Blades WHL 57 6 22 28 91 4 1 1 2 10
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 3 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Saskatoon Blades WHL 70 3 29 32 109 4 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 46 1 3 4 45
2014–15 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 54 0 6 6 57
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 53 1 6 7 90
2016–17 San Antonio Rampage AHL 73 2 5 7 100
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2017–18 San Antonio Rampage AHL 45 1 6 7 47
2017–18 Colorado Avalanche NHL 16 1 1 2 23 5 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 48 2 5 7 77 5 0 0 0 12
NHL totals 20 1 1 2 25 5 0 0 0 0

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada Pacific U17 Template:Goca 5 0 0 0 10
2010 Canada IH18 Template:Goca 5 1 2 3 6
Junior totals 10 1 2 3 16

Accolades[edit | edit source]

Award Year
WHL
Second All-Star Team 2011
CHL Top Prospects Game 2011
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