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The BSN Avalanche returns this week as J.J. Jerez and AJ Haefele recap the work done by the Colorado Avalanche during the NHL Draft and in the week leading up to free agency.

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The Colorado Avalanche were active over the NHL Draft weekend, consummating two trades and making six selections. We sit down and grade each of the moves made as well as the weekend as a whole.

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The Colorado Avalanche polished off their 2016 NHL Draft class by selecting gritty left wing Travis Barron from the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.

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The Colorado Avalanche used their sixth round pick, 161st overall, to select Nathan Clurman.

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With their fifth round selection, the Colorado Avalanche selected Swedish goaltender Adam Werner  131st overall. Werner, 19, is 6’5″ and 198 pounds. Werner, who was undrafted in the 2015 NHL Draft despite being the 8th ranked European goaltender, spent last season predominantly playing for Farjestad BK J20 of the Super Elite league and posted a .916 save percentage and…...

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The Colorado Avalanche used their third round selection on defenseman Josh Anderson of the Prince George Cougars from the Western Hockey League.

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Get to Know Alexander Polunin Date of Birth: 5/25/1997 Place of Birth: Moskva, RUS Ht: 5’8″ Wt: 161 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Left Wing Team (League): Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) Statistics What Scouts See Anton Vasyatin, Elite Prospects: Polunin is a small winger with high skill level. He has brilliant hockey IQ, great shot and good skating. Doesn’t play physically…...

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Get to Know Cam Dineen Date of Birth: 6/19/1998 Place of Birth: Toms River, NJ, USA Ht: 5’11” Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team (League): North Bay Battalion (OHL) Statistics What Scouts See The Draft Analyst: Dineen is not big or overly physical, but he’s silky-smooth with the puck and maintained his consistency even after opposing coaches…...

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Get to Know Dillon Dube Date of Birth: 7/20/1998 Place of Birth: Golden, BC, CAN Ht: 5’10” Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: Dillon Dube is an undersized centre who plays bigger than what his listed height says, getting involved in the forecheck and battling…...

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Get to Know Max Lajoie Date of Birth: 11/5/1997 Place of Birth: Calgary, AB, CAN Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team (League): Swift Current Broncos Statistics What Scouts See Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects: A competitive two-way defenceman that earns his ice time and strives to be a difference-maker. Excellent skating technique: naturally mobile and able…...

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Get to Know Noah Gregor Date of Birth: 1/28/1998 Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB, CAN Ht: 5’11” Wt: 174 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: Gregor shows good skill in the offensive zone. He has a heavy wrist shot, with good accuracy and a quick release.…...

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Get to Know Simon Stransky Date of Birth: 12/21/1997 Place of Birth: Ostrava, CZE Ht: 5’11” Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team (League): Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: The strength of Simon Stransky’s game is his playmaking ability. He is a very good stick handler, protecting the puck from…...

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Get to Know Markus Niemelainen Date of Birth: 6/8/1998 Place of Birth: Kuopio, FIN Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team (League): Saginaw Spirit (OHL) Statistics What Scouts See Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects: A complete all-around defenceman that makes the game look easy. Natural size and strength compliment his smooth stride. Very mobile skater who moves…...

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Get to Know Givani Smith Date of Birth: 2/27/1998 Place of Birth: Thonhill, ON, CAN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team (League): Guelph Storm (OHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: Givani Smith is developing into a very effective power forward. He just loves to hit, and does so in all three…...

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Get to Know Brayden Burke Date of Birth: 1/1/1997 Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB, CAN Ht: 5’10” Wt: 163 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center/Left Wing Team (League): Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Prospect Black Book: Burke is a second time-eligible who put up fantastic point totals this season. The skills that stand out for him are his…...

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Get to Know David Quenneville Date of Birth: 3/13/1998 Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB, CAN Ht: 5’8″ Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defense Team (League): Medicine Hat Tigers Statistics What Scouts See SBNation College Hockey: Quenneville loves to use his slap shot from the point and he can get it off quickly and accurately.  When you’re talking about…...

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Get to Know Matthew Phillips Date of Birth: 1/6/1998 Place of Birth: Calgary, AB, CAN Ht: 5’7″ Wt: 161 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team (League): Victoria Royals (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Prospect Black Book:  Matthew is a dynamic offensive player who can impact the game with his vision, compete and puck skills. Although he is not overly…...

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Get to Know Jonathan Ang Date of Birth: 1/31/1998 Place of Birth: Markham, ON, CAN Ht: 5’11” Wt: 163 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center/Right Wing Team (League): Peterborough Petes (OHL) Statistics What Scouts See Hockey Prospect Black Book: Ang possesses high end speed and is a very offensive minded forward. He uses his speed very well when attempting to…...

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BSN Avalanche returns with a podcast this week that focuses almost entirely on the NHL Draft. Favorite players, sleepers, and potential busts are all talked about.

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Get to Know Ty Ronning Date of Birth: 10/20/1997 Place of Birth: Burnaby, BC, CAN Ht: 5’9″ Wt: 165 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team (League): Vancouver Giants (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A small but industrious speedster that always seeks to be engaged in the play. Skates very well and has the shiftiness to avoid…...

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