The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph finding the best fits for the Avalanche at picks 4 and 16 as well as taking another look at the conundrum that is Arthur Kaliyev.


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 really feel like they need to take a massive home run swing and get Caufield. If his scoring ability translates to the NHL, it would be huge for this team. Whether that is taking him at 4, or trading up from 16 to get him. It feels like Chicago is taking Turcotte. What do the Av’s think of Byram, is the question… Say you took Caufield at 4 and landed Newhook at 16, or traded up for Krebs, youd have to feel pretty good about the draft. Landing the drafts potential best scorer and the center of the future on line 2. Pick 4 is a gift from Ottawa, go big and land the scoring we need with Caufield.

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      Nah man, Caufield at 4 would be crazy imo. I wouldn’t even trade up one spot to get him tbh. If go for that big homerun at 4 I would 100% go with Zegras. He almost has a russian element to his game, which I personally love so I’m biased here. A kid who’s got all the pure skill in the world but who also has to get rid of some of his bad habits. But boy if he does get rid of them…Dach, Turcotte and Cozens all are a safer picks at 4 imo, which is fine. But I feel like with their last couple of 1st round forward-picks the Avs went a rather safe route. So I wouldn’t have a problem if the Avs go Zegras at 4 and then pick more conservatively again at 16.
      AJ, you mentioned there’s a solid chance the Avs take him at 4. Do you know for a fact that they like him or is this just a guess?

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        I totally see your points there. I just feel like they always go the safe route, and that rarely pays off in a big way. Jost and Kaut don’t seem like they are big time goal scorers. Not that they were drafted to be, Just think they could really use one. I can’t say I’ll really be disappointed with whoever they take.

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