The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph getting into the re-signing of Pavel Francouz and then looking at Colorado’s top 10 prospects before the draft.

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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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    Was a little surprised and disappointed that you guys excluded LOC from the criteria, I was curious about your thoughts on him after the surprising numbers he put up. 19 – 23 -42 were more goals and points than his three years at DU combined and better than Kaut and Lewis combined (I don’t mean in any way shape or form to imply that his future is more promising that those guys, just a little perspective on his season). He had a surprisingly productive first pro season especially given his numbers at DU.

    Regarding Makar’s number I was almost ceatain he would pick 8 given: it was his number all through juniors, he had 2*8 when it wasn’t available at UMass, he had 8*8 at Avs rookie camp and 7 and 9, the numbers on either side of 8 when it wasn’t available for Team Canada. I personally doubt he had any reason to ask for 9 but who knows. Given the Avs history with that number, particularly Ozo, I’m really glad that’s what he ended up with.

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