The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph breaking down their favorite options in the second round, including a little goaltender talk.


A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for BSN Denver. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the BSN Denver draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the BSN Avalanche podcast.

  • Any thoughts on Nolan Foote for the Avs in the second round? You probably get asked this often, but I’m curious to hear your opinion. I’ve seen quite a few mock drafts, and he seems to go anywhere from 31 to around 66. Seems to have lost a lot of stock because of a wrist injury he was playing through.

    • He’s a really interesting prospect honestly. I like his game for what it is. I’d prefer to get him at the top of round 3 but he’d bring a power element the Avs could really use.

      • Thank you, I was thinking the same. I’m not sure how high his ceiling is, but looks like he would have a high floor. The boy has got a good shot as well.

  • Been loving the draft content lately on the pods! I have been thinking a lot about a possible trade up and actually heard Friedman mention that the Avs had been showing interest in doing so on the last 31 thoughts. I was wondering what you guys thought about this, specifically what you think it would take to do this and where would be a likely spot to target? With the extra picks and a lot of mid level prospects I think we could put together a nice package to potentially move back up into the top 10 or maybe 12-14 if one of the top guys falls (Krebs, Boldy, Cozens, Podkolzin?). The biggest barrier to getting this type of trade done would seem to be finding a team willing to trade back from those spots. Just hoping to hear your thoughts on this and keep on killing it, thanks.

    • I think we’ll probably dedicate an entire show next week to the ideas of trading back from 4 and up from 16. Lots of options available to them.

  • Hey AJ, question that has nothing to do with this pod but draft related and I think sort of interesting/revealing: End of June I’m down at Family Sports for Rookie Camp, of course I can’t read the numbers on the helmets cause my middle age eyes suck. But somehow I recognize our #4 pick because he does some things that just jump off the ice (like how Makar’s skating was instantly recognizable as him or, you know, how everything Foppa ever did was instantly recognizable as him). Which player that we have a chance at has that sort of talent that we’ll know him as soon as we see him? I’m saying Dach.

    • Those kinds of camps don’t really allow for subtlety to stand out. Power forwards are going to look like garbage and raw skill is going to be on display because real hockey situations aren’t involved. I’d say Zegras is probably the guy best built to WOW people in that kind of environment. His raw skill level is really high. Dach could do it too. He’s incredible with the puck on his stick.

      • Yeah I know what kinds of things they do at rookie camp, I guess I constrained my question too tightly or added some unneeded color and obscured what I was really trying to ask.

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