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Get to Know Brock Boeser Date of Birth: 2/25/1997 Place of Birth: Burnsville, MN, USA Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) Unlike some of the late risers in this year’s draft, Brock Boeser is a player who has been on the draftnik radar for years. Drafted 4th overall in the…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced they have signed Forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year entry-level contract. The 24-year old forward has spent the last three seasons playing for Dusseldorfer EG of the DEL (Germany). Martinsen is 6’3″, 220 pounds and he scored 18 goals, 23 assists for 41 points in 50 games played and added 1 goal and 4…...

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Get to Know Jansen Harkins Date of Birth: 5/23/1997 Place of Birth: North Vancouver, BC, CAN Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Prince George Cougars (WHL) Simply put, NHL teams love players like Jansen Harkins. He’s a defensively sound center who works hard and plays the pivot, making him a valuable commodity in the…...

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Get to Know Kyle Connor Date of Birth: 12/9/1996 Place of Birth: Shelby Township, MI, USA Ht: 6’1″  Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) Kyle Connor is a name many people have heard in the last year as his status as a likely first round draft pick was the consensus as early as…...

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Get to Know Mathew Barzal Date of Birth: 05/26/1997 Place of Birth: Vancouver, BC, CN Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Right Position: C Team (League): Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) If you read this piece written last October, you’ll see that Barzal’s entire career has been one of impressive production at every level. This season was certainly no different as…...

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Before we get to today’s entrant, be sure to check out the great work done on previous entries, #16 Jordan Caron, #17 Spencer Martin, and #18 Borna Rendulic. Coming in at number 15 on the list is hulking defenseman Mason Geertsen. Geertsen was well-liked by the BSN Avalanche writers as he clocked in at an average rating of 14.8…...

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Get to Know Zachary Werenski Date of Birth: 07/19/1997 Place of Birth: Grosse Pointe, MI, USA Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 214 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: University of Michigan (Big 10) Zach Werenski is a name most draftniks have been familiar with for a while as the American defenseman’s time with the United States Development Program saw him blossom…...

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The Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 Series gives everyone a look at the brightest stars of the present and the future of the Avalanche organization. If you missed any of the profiles, here is where you catch up on them. Click on any name to go to the complete breakdown of that player! Enjoy! #1 Nathan MacKinnon #2 Matt…...

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Get to Know Mitchell Marner Date of Birth: 05/05/1997 Place of Birth:  Markham, ON, CAN Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 160 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: London Knights (OHL) Mitch Marner is a player who has been on the NHL’s radar for the last several years as a player to watch. As Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel dominated the headlines,…...

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With the playoffs still underway and draft coverage kicking off in earnest today at BSNDenver.com, there was no better time to put up our first attempt at a mock draft for the draft positions that are set. As the playoffs continue on and more draft positions become locked in as well as the post-season scouting process sharpens the focus…...

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After profiling both big and small forwards the last two days, today we turn our focus to the blue line for the first time as the ‘Top 25 Avalanche Under 25’ series continues with #23, Cody Corbett. In case you missed previous installments, don’t forget to go read about #24 Samuel Henley and #25 Troy Bourke. Today’s focus is,…...

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Yesterday we took a look at Troy Bourke, the small center who was voted in as the 25th best player in the Avalanche under organization under the age of 25. Today, we’re going to profile what you could safely say is Bourke’s exact opposite in Big Sam Henley. Coming in at 25th on 4 of the 6 ballots turned…...

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With the Avalanche firmly into their off-season, it’s a golden opportunity to take a look at the organization and see what the future holds for a team that appears on the cusp of consistent playoff contention. To kick that off, we’re going to be running the Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 series for the next several weeks. The BSN…...

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When the Colorado Avalanche did not get the magical lottery combination last Saturday night during the NHL Draft Lottery, they were locked into the 10th overall selection in the first round. While there was much conversation about the team winning 3 games in a row to end the season and in the process likely costing them the 8th overall selection,…...

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Part of the intrigue in the Entry Draft in any sport is not only getting a glimpse of the future of a sport but the fascinating truth that not all drafts are created equally. Sometimes you have a draft with a handful of exceptional players, such as this upcoming draft this June where Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are two…...

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Today we look at the 4th of 5th draft classes as we delve into the Colorado Avalanche 2012 Draft and see what happened and where things went so wrong. Before we get into it, though, just a reminder that if you missed any of the previous installments, you should go back and check out the 2009 Draft Review, 2010 Draft…...

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Day 3 is upon us as the journey through recent Avalanche draft history continues. If you missed either of the first two installments this week, you can check out the 2010 Draft Review here and the 2009 Draft Review here. Today we review the 2011 draft class, a top heavy class that has left quite a bit to be desired. For…...

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Yesterday we took a look at the 2009 draft class for the Colorado Avalanche and the franchise-changing power a single great day at the draft can possess. Today, we’re going to delve into the draft class that immediately followed it to provide a stark contrast to how the fortunes can change so quickly. Unlike in 2009, the Avalanche were…...

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The Entry Draft is an event in every major sport that fans are naturally attracted to because you get to see the future of the sport right in front of you. Hockey, unlike football or basketball and much more like baseball, is a sport whose draft is an event that celebrates the long-term projectability of teenagers prodigious talents rather than…...

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One last hurrah. One final invasion from enemy fans. One more swan song on a season where the excuses piled up faster than the wins. As a sea of red washed over the Pepsi Center as the always-robust Blackhawks bandwagon invaded for the final time this season, the Colorado Avalanche cried havoc and let slip the dogs of war, racing…...

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