(x) Sven Andrighetto – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Tyson Barrie – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Gabriel Bourque – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Derick Brassard –  Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Matt Calvert – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Ian Cole – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) J.T. Compher – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Samuel Girard – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Philipp Grubauer – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Erik Johnson – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Tyson Jost – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Alexander Kerfoot – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Gabriel Landeskog – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Nathan MacKinnon – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Patrik Nemeth – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Matt Nieto – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Carl Soderberg – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Colin Wilson – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!

(x) Nikita Zadorov – Doesn’t matter. Made the playoffs!


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.


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    Everyone who is complaining…. come on man.
    I saw the grades link and thought who gives a shit they made the playoffs. And the lo and behold!
    Let’s be honest here, the boys can pull this one maybe two times a year, and its fun. The main reason I subscribe is not for the quality of the content, but the character of the content.
    This is BSN, they have fun, that’s the point.

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    So here is the question that inquiring minds want to know. Both wildcards are Central division teams. If the 8th place wildcard wins the 1st two rounds, be it Dallas or Colorado, would they raise a banner next fall that says “2018-19 Pacific Division Champions”?

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        It’s a dig at Nashville raising a banner after last year that said “2017-2018 Regular Season Western Conference Champions”

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          Actually I intended it as a dig at the NHL’s loony playoff pairing scheme.

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    AJ – that is hilarious! Keep up the good work through the playoffs. I really like how that sounds.

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    Clever, but I subscribed primarily for Avs grades. How about throwing us a bone and doing a real one?

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      Fully agreed. Seems a little low on effort, and the lack of decent content lately has been making me revisit my decision to subscribe for another month, let alone year.

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        Everyone’s entitled to their opinions here but I wrote the game story last night, did a locker room audio dump today, wrote a FIlm Room, and recorded a podcast all dedicated to this game.

        I had a little fun with the grades, which I know is a popular feature, but lobbing a “low on effort” grenade my way definitely doesn’t seem particularly fair.

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    Very fun grades, and season AJ!
    Thank you, Jesse and Dater for your hard work and great coverage all season.

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    I got in on the sale for the new Grubi T-shirt. It was the one I’ve been waiting for.
    Saved my Black Friday coupon. Only paid shipping baby!
    Just hope it gets here before the playoffs start and I ordered the right size.

    Seriously happy for the Avs!

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    How about Coach Bednar? Throwing a 6th player on the ice in the last couple of minute seemed quite cunning!

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