The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph talking about what Colorado should do with the fourth overall pick in next month’s draft.


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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    Excellent pod. Really like the approach of you guys focusing on the prospects you believe that the Avs are focused on. AJ and Rudo are a damned near perfect combination to discuss this stuff. If you’re enough of an Avs fan that you’re reading these comments but you don’t follow Rudo on twitter you need to – you’re really missing out if you don’t. His in-game video clips are essential.

    AJ – what do you think about Friedman floating the idea (twice now) of the Avs taking Podkolzin? Would it be a good pick (he’s fallen on a lot of rankings)? Could it happen? I understand we need to be careful of video but that youtube video of him at the Gretzky-Hlinka Cup is pretty compelling. That shot combined with his intensity would be a really nice addition.

    It’s funny, like everyone else my opinion on that 4th pick changes daily but yesterday I was coming down to exactly the conclusion that you guys mentioned vis a vis the expansion draft. We’re likely going to lose a defensemen so why not get another top tier one for insurance. That strategy requires signing a legit scoring threat in free agency though.

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