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The annual NHL meetings in Las Vegas wrapped up this week with everyone making their way to Miami for the start of the NHL Entry Draft, which begins tomorrow evening. In just a short couple of days, the NHL has changed quite a bit, chief among them a new format for overtime, the inclusion of a coaches challenge, and…...

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The NHL has released the schedule for the 2015-16 season. The Colorado Avalanche will open their season on October 8, 2015 at home versus the Minnesota Wild. This marks the second straight season, and third in the last four, the Avalanche have opened at home against the Wild. The Avs open with a three game home stand as the…...

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We’re down to the final day before the NHL Entry Draft and our focus this morning is on the under-the-radar players who are likely to be selected in the second half of the draft, eliciting little more than a simple “who?” reaction from the fans of the team that selects them. These are the guys nobody is talking about…...

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Today’s draft feature focuses on the players in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft that would make the best and worst fits with the Avalanche organization. Keep in mind that these are not indictments or endorsements of prospects, just how they theoretically fit in the Avalanche organization. Best Fits Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (Liiga) Cheryl says: Rantanen is exactly…...

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With the NHL Entry Draft just days away now, we take a look at some prospects who are flying a bit too low in our eyes and a handful of prospects who might be getting touted just a bit too much. Underrated Jean-Christophe Beaudin, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) Cheryl says: Beaudin has all the earmarks of a surprise pick.…...

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Draft Selections Avalanche Selects Mikko Rantanen 10th overall Avalanche Selects A.J. Greer 39th overall Avalanche Selects Nicolas Meloche 40th overall Avalanche Selects Jean-Christophe Beaudin 71st overall Avalanche Selects Andrei Mironov 101st overall Avalanche Selects Sergei Boikov 161st overall Avalanche Selects Gustav Olhaver 191st overall Draft Day News Avalanche Sign Carl Soderberg Ryan O’Reilly traded to Buffalo Sabres Get to…...

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It’s draft week! The NHL Entry Draft takes place this Friday so to begin our coverage this week we present the final version of our mock draft. Edmonton Oilers – Connor McDavid, C Erie Otters (OHL) Cole says: The Oilers make the easiest selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and take Connor McDavid 1st overall. The undisputed #1…...

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Get to Know Gabriel Carlsson Date of Birth: 1/2/1997 Place of Birth: Orebro, SWE Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Linkoping (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: The best part of Gabriel Carlsson’s game, is his play in his own end of the rink.  He has excellent positioning, and his hockey IQ…...

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Get to Know Michael Spacek Date of Birth: 4/9/1997 Place of Birth: Marianske Lazne, CZE Ht: 5’11” Wt: 187 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech Republic’s highest league) Statistics What Scouts See Dobber Sports: Spacek plays a strong all-around player and is more of a play maker than he is a goal scorer, capitalizing on…...

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Get to Know Julius Nattinen Date of Birth: 1/14/1997 Place of Birth: Jyvaskyla, FIN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 194 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: JYP (Liiga) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: An athletic two-way center that leads by on-ice example. Boasts refined skating habits that allow him to accelerate very quickly yet maintain a perfect amount of steam…...

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Get to Know David Kase Date of Birth: 1/28/1997 Place of Birth: Kadan, CZE Ht: 5’11” Wt: 170 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center/Left Wing Team: Pirati Chomutov (Czech 2) Statistics What Scouts See Corey Pronman: He’s a quick, shifty skater who can lead a rush and is elusive in tight spaces. He’s a great playmaker, who can dictate the…...

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Get to Know Jesper Lindgren Date of Birth: 5/19/1997 Place of Birth: Umea, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 161 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: MODO (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: Jesper Lindgren, an impressive blend of skill, speed, determination, and intelligence, is the one player you don’t want to see carrying the puck if you are his…...

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Get to Know Erik Cernak Date of Birth: 5/28/1997 Place of Birth: Kosice, SVK Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 203 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: HC Kosice (Slovakia’s top league) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: Huge, strength and reach man. Has very good experoence for his age. He is impressive talent with solid physical play, Cernak shows brilliant defensive…...

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Get to Know Robin Kovacs Date of Birth: 11/16/1996 Place of Birth: Stockholm, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 172 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing/Right Wing Team: AIK (Allsvenskan – 2nd tier Swedish league) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A speedy winger that likes to agitate opponents and then strike quickly. Possesses great stickhandling ability and creativity, and is…...

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As the NHL Draft approaches next week, I thought it might be interesting to run down how the Avalanche have fared over time by looking at the best draft picks from each round. This isn’t meant to be a serious exercise in analyzing Avalanche draft history but rather a fun look at where the Avs have done well in…...

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Get to Know Jonas Siegenthaler Date of Birth: 5/6/1997 Place of Birth: Zurich, SUI Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 220 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: ZSC Lions (NLA) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: Jonas Siegenthaler is a smooth skating defenseman with a tremendous combination of size and mobility. Keeps his game simple, by not risking too much and always…...

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Get to Know Oliver Kylington Date of Birth: 5/19/1997 Place of Birth: Stockholm, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Farjestad (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A smart two-way defenseman, who has tremendous feeling for the game and reads the plays well. Oliver Kylington is only average sized, but lets you forget the…...

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We put it off about as long as we could justify but with Elliotte Friedman’s report yesterday that the Colorado Avalanche are listening to offers for Ryan O’Reilly, it’s time to talk about the merits of trading the star center. While everyone on the BSN Avalanche staff agrees that re-signing O’Reilly is the best outcome, the question of what…...

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Get to Know Andrew Mangiapane Date of Birth: 4/4/1996 Place of Birth: Bolton, ON, CN Ht: 5’10” Wt: 161 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: Barrie Colts (OHL) Another re-entry player after going undrafted in the 2014 NHL Draft, Andrew Mangiapane is similar to Pius Suter is many ways. His offensive breakout, from a 51-point season to a 104-point…...

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Get to Know Rasmus Andersson Date of Birth: 10/27/1996 Place of Birth: Malmo, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 212 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: Barrie Colts (OHL) Rasmus Andersson came over from Sweden last summer in the CHL Import Draft with decent expectations. What the Barrie Colts got, however, was so much more than they expected. Playing on the…...

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