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Get to Know Sebastian Aho Date of Birth: July 26, 1997 Place of Birth: Rauma, Finland Ht: 5’11” Wt: 175 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Karpat (Liiga) Deja vu? No there are in fact two unrelated Sebastian Aho’s in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Yesterday we took a look at Swedish defenseman Sebastian Aho and today we…...

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Get to Know Denis Malgin Date of Birth: 1-18-97 Place of Birth: Olten, SUI Ht: 5’9” Wt: 176 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: ZSC (NLA)/GC Küsnacht Lions (NLB) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: An offensive forward with decent playmaking abilities, the diminutive Denis Malgin impresses with his strong hockey sense and offensive instincts. Has tremendous puck control…...

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Get to Know Roope Hintz Date of Birth: November 17, 1996 Place of Birth: Tampere, Finland Ht: 6’2”  Wt: 190 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Right Wing Team: Ilves (Liiga) Roope Hintz is a versatile right wing and center who’s seen his name rise on draft boards everywhere. This season Hintz made the jump to Ilves Liiga squad and…...

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Get to Know Gabriel Carlsson Date of Birth: 1/2/1997 Place of Birth: Orebro, SWE Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Linkoping (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: The best part of Gabriel Carlsson’s game, is his play in his own end of the rink.  He has excellent positioning, and his hockey IQ…...

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Get to Know Michael Spacek Date of Birth: 4/9/1997 Place of Birth: Marianske Lazne, CZE Ht: 5’11” Wt: 187 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech Republic’s highest league) Statistics What Scouts See Dobber Sports: Spacek plays a strong all-around player and is more of a play maker than he is a goal scorer, capitalizing on…...

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This morning, the Avalanche made Executive VP/General Manager Joe Sakic and Head Coach/VP of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy available to media prior to the 2015 NHL Draft. The big story leading up to July 1st is Ryan O’Reilly. While rumours are flying left and right about where he would go and at what price, Sakic maintained that he’d prefer…...

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Get to Know Sebastian Aho Date of Birth: 2-17-96 Place of Birth: Umeå, SWE Ht: 5’10” Wt: 174 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Skellefteå (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: An undersized Swedish defenceman with a ton of offensive skill. He’s a great skater in all directions, and has excellent edgework and pivots. Aho has…...

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Get to Know Jens Lööke Date of Birth: April 11, 1997 Place of Birth: Gävle, Sweden Ht: 6’0” Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Brynas (SHL) After scoring 18 points in 18 games for the Swedish SuperElit league, Jens Lööke made the impressive full time transition to the SHL at just 17 years of age.…...

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Get to Know Julius Nattinen Date of Birth: 1/14/1997 Place of Birth: Jyvaskyla, FIN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 194 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: JYP (Liiga) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: An athletic two-way center that leads by on-ice example. Boasts refined skating habits that allow him to accelerate very quickly yet maintain a perfect amount of steam…...

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Get to Know David Kase Date of Birth: 1/28/1997 Place of Birth: Kadan, CZE Ht: 5’11” Wt: 170 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center/Left Wing Team: Pirati Chomutov (Czech 2) Statistics What Scouts See Corey Pronman: He’s a quick, shifty skater who can lead a rush and is elusive in tight spaces. He’s a great playmaker, who can dictate the…...

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Get to Know Alexander Dergachyov Date of Birth: 9-27-96 Place of Birth: Langepas, RUS Ht: 6’4” Wt: 201 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A huge unit at around six-foot-four and two hundred pounds, Dergachyov brings a high level of skill and intelligence to the table. Plays with a…...

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Get to Know Filip Ahl Date of Birth: June 12, 1997 Place of Birth: Jönköping, Sweden Ht: 6’4”  Wt: 215 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: HV71 (SuperElit) Filip Ahl led HV71’s junior team in goals (20) and points (42) before playing 15 games with the senior club for 15 games. On January 23, 2014 when he dressed for…...

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Get to Know Jesper Lindgren Date of Birth: 5/19/1997 Place of Birth: Umea, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 161 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: MODO (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: Jesper Lindgren, an impressive blend of skill, speed, determination, and intelligence, is the one player you don’t want to see carrying the puck if you are his…...

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Get to Know Erik Cernak Date of Birth: 5/28/1997 Place of Birth: Kosice, SVK Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 203 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: HC Kosice (Slovakia’s top league) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: Huge, strength and reach man. Has very good experoence for his age. He is impressive talent with solid physical play, Cernak shows brilliant defensive…...

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Get to Know Joel Eriksson EK Date of Birth: 1-29-97 Place of Birth: Karlstad, SWE Ht: 6’2” Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: Färjestad (SHL) / Färjestad J20 (SuperElit) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A very competitive center who uses his size, skill, and skating to power to the net and create scoring chances. Possesses an elite-level…...

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Get to Know Jacob Larsson Date of Birth: April 29, 1997 Place of Birth: Ljungby, Sweden Ht: 6’2”  Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Frolunda (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Future Considerations: He is a two-way defenseman. Solid positioning and pretty big and strong, I’d say he is probably bigger than the official measurements. Quite a…...

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Get to Know Robin Kovacs Date of Birth: 11/16/1996 Place of Birth: Stockholm, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 172 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing/Right Wing Team: AIK (Allsvenskan – 2nd tier Swedish league) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A speedy winger that likes to agitate opponents and then strike quickly. Possesses great stickhandling ability and creativity, and is…...

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As the NHL Draft approaches next week, I thought it might be interesting to run down how the Avalanche have fared over time by looking at the best draft picks from each round. This isn’t meant to be a serious exercise in analyzing Avalanche draft history but rather a fun look at where the Avs have done well in…...

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Get to Know Jonas Siegenthaler Date of Birth: 5/6/1997 Place of Birth: Zurich, SUI Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 220 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: ZSC Lions (NLA) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: Jonas Siegenthaler is a smooth skating defenseman with a tremendous combination of size and mobility. Keeps his game simple, by not risking too much and always…...

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