The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph talking about Bowen Byram some more and the third segment features AJ and Callie Agnew interviewing Byram.


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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    I’m going to be happy to get either Byram or Turcotte. Watching both of those guys has pretty much taken away the bitterness of losing out on the top two. We’re going to get a top 6 forward or top pairing d-man that we flat out lucked into. This is going to be a fun summer and a fun next 10 years.

    If Byram is the pick at 4, chances are a pretty good forward could fall to 16. I almost think the Avs should go for a forward at 16 no matter what happens at 4. The best forward at 16 is likely to be a better talent than the best D at 16.

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    Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out for Koekkoek so far, but it was nice to see someone from my small hometown being drafted that high and in the NHL

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