The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Luke Hocking (he’s from Winnipeg) breaking down the top three forward prospects from the WHL this season.


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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    From pick 3 on, there isn’t a clear front runner, and 4 could be any number of players. Pronman has Caufield with the single highest rating of any skill(higher than any of Hughes, who’s skating was rated at 70, with no other skill rated above 65 by any other player)..80 on his shot, and fifth overall. Ignoring the size issue, Caufield is the one player after the top two who has an extra special skill that is elite level, something no other player has. I’d take him or Byram at 4.

    I understand taking the best available high end player at no. 4, but since there isn’t a clear cut favorite, I think we choose to give us the best future roster possible, and in my mind, it’s the elite quality goal scorer, to fill a current and future weakness…a very specific choice fitting a major Avs’ need…or the d man to give us the most talented blue line, the Avs have ever had. I expect Chicago to Byram, but if he falls, I’d take him, and look for more offensive help, later in round one. If he doesn’t, I take Caufield.

    Loved the idea of a trade of Barrie for a top ten pick, should we be fortunate enough to get Byram. Sakic should be working the phones.
    I agree that a great draft would be Byram, Krebs or Newhook in a Barrie trade, and, say, Lavoie at 16, or Newhook drops to 16? Dream on.

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      Pronman has always valued small skill guys over everything else. Oddly, he had Cale Makar ranked at around 20 back in 2017. I appreciate his input and like that he sticks to his guns but under no circumstances am I taking Caufield in the top five

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    In this draft – I say the Avs should go with Byram if he is still available at 4 and C at 16. An organization can never have enough top level D prospects.

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    Really nice job guys, I suspect it’ll be Byram or Turcotte but really interesting to hear the the comparisons among these three.

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    I’m Turcotte or Byram at 4. More Byram. There are more forwards than D every draft.

    I don’t think we’ll go after a D in FA so Im good with Byram.

    I don’t know how signing a stud 2nd line FA center for 7 years plays into drafting a 2nd line center though.Turcotte might start at 3rd line in 2 years but…would he wait 5 years to be 2nd line center. That doesn’t seem like a good plan.

    We can’t protect 4 D for Seattle so I’d rather go Byram. Whatever happens, Byram-Turcotte-Dach-Krebs will be fun to watch in our mix.

    I’m a no on EK. I know EK at 65% is still a #1 D. I worry with wear and tear + $$. Especially in 5 or 6 or 7 years from now. I don’t think a 40 game guy at $11m is a good plan either. Besides…he was on the ice for a lot of goals too and we pummel Barrie for the same thing.

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    When I listen this ….it s Krebs all the way ….no to Cozens at 4 but yes at 16 if falls , Dach so so for me ,but Krebs fits the bill for sure , seems similar to Turcotte from what I listen 😉👌😎

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