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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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Get to Know Kyle Capobianco Date of Birth: 08/13/1997 Place of Birth: Mississauga, ON, CN Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 179 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Drafted 7th overall in the 2013 OHL Draft, Capobianco faced major expectations in helping turn around the Sudbury Wolves. While things went well for the team in his first year, Capobianco…...

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Get to Know Pius (pronounced like “Pews”) Suter Date of Birth: 5/24/1996 Place of Birth: Wallisellen, SUI Ht: 5’11” Wt: 170 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: Guelph Storm (OHL) One of our only second-time entrants into the NHL Draft that we’ll be previewing, Pius Suter went undrafted last year more as a result of his unfortunate circumstances than…...

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Get to Know Mitchell Stephens Date of Birth: 2/5/1997 Place of Birth: Peterborough, ON, CN Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 187 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL) It’s amazing what one postseason tournament can do for a player. While Mitchell Stephens was already on the NHL radar, having been the 8th overall selection in the 2013 OHL Draft,…...

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The Avalanche Roundtable returns! This week the staff gets together to talk about some of Colorado’s own free agent quandaries before we begin shifting focus to who the Avalanche should be looking to acquire from the outside. As was the case last time, I propose the questions and let the rest of the staff do the hard work! Free…...

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Get to Know Matt Spencer Date of Birth: 3/24/1997 Place of Birth: Guelph, ON, CN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 203 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: Peterborough Petes (OHL) Drafted 3rd overall, ahead of Exceptional Status player Sean Day, in the loaded 2013 OHL Draft, Matt Spencer had big-time expectations when he arrived in Peterborough. While his Petes teams have…...

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Get to Know Ethan Bear Date of Birth: Regina, SK, CN Place of Birth: 6/26/1997 Ht: 5’11” Wt: 201 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Ethan Bear is a prospect who has quietly worked his way through obstacles throughout his entire career. Drafted in the 2nd round of the WHL Bantam Draft, Bear came on and…...

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Get to Know Adam Musil Date of Birth: 03/26/1997 Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON, CN Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing/Center Team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL) Adam Musil is the kind of player who steps onto the ice and you immediately notice simply because he’s big. Then he starts skating around and he still draws…...

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Get to Know Deven Sideroff Date of Birth: 4/14/1997 Place of Birth: Kamloops, BC, CN Ht: 5’11” Wt: 179 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Kamloops Blazers (WHL) Born and raised in Kamloops, Deven Sideroff is the easy-to-root-for local boy who was raised in the local hockey scene. Sideroff was a member of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in…...

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Welcome back for the Year 2 Review of “Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy play GM!” If you missed yesterday’s breakdown, be sure to check it out here! As was the case yesterday, this breakdown features an average grade between all 6 BSN Avalanche writers. The draft is not graded because it is simply too early to accurately assess the…...

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