When Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy took over the Avalanche front office, they obtained a team with some high end young talent, but with an alarming lack of organizational depth and very few prospects for the future. They also took over a team with only two players, Jan Hejda and Semyon Varlamov, who did their amateur development overseas….

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Cole is Vancouver born but a Colorado native at heart, spending 21 years in the Denver and Boulder area. This CU Boulder graduate started covering the Avalanche with Mile High Hockey in 2011 and after four years took over briefly as the site's managing editor. After a year trapped in Chicago Blackhawk's territory Cole is back in Boulder writing on the Avalanche and their prospects.