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Get to Know Gustav Bouramman Date of Birth: January 24, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden Ht: 6’0” Wt: 184 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defense Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Gustav Bouramman is a Swedish and Finnish rookie import to the OHL. Bouramman lists Erik Karlsson as his favorite NHL player, and with good reason. The offensive minded…...

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Get to Know Blake Speers Date of Birth: January 2, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Ht: 5’11” Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center/Right Wing Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Two years after being selected 11th overall in the OHL Priority Draft, Blake Speers is on his way to another draft selection this June. A…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced their preseason schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. After playing a jam-packed eight game preseason in 2014-2015, the Avalanche have opted for a shorter six game preseason this year, facing the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, and Los Angeles Kings twice each. The Avalanche open the preseason with three straight home games before going out on the…...

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Get to know Keegan Kolesar Date of Birth: 4/8/1997 Place of Birth: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 216 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Seattle Thunderbirds Every coach loves having a guy like Keegan Kolesar on his team, and I’m sure former Avalanche winger and current head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Steve Konowalchuk, is no different. Kolesar isn’t flashy — he’s…...

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Get to Know Travis Dermott: Date of Birth: 22nd December, 1996 Place of Birth: Newmarket, ON, Canada Ht: 5’11” Wt: 197 lbs Shoots: L Position: Defense Team: Erie Otters (OHL) In 2013-14, Travis Dermott was named Erie Otters Rookie of the Year. This was a sign of good things to come for the young defender, because both he and…...

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When Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy took over the Avalanche front office, they obtained a team with some high end young talent, but with an alarming lack of organizational depth and very few prospects for the future. They also took over a team with only two players, Jan Hejda and Semyon Varlamov, who did their amateur development overseas.…...

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Get to Know Graham Knott Date of Birth:  1/13/1997 Place of Birth:  Etobicoke, ON, CAN Ht: 6’3” Wt: 192 lbs Shoots:  Left Position:  Left Wing Team:  Niagara IceDogs (OHL) Beyond an improved blueline, the biggest positional need for the Avalanche is a power forward wing that provides soft hands and a good net front presence.  These types of players – particularly the…...

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Get to Know Mitchell Vande Sompel Date of Birth:  2/11/1997 Place of Birth:  London, ON, CAN Ht: 5’10” Wt: 183 lbs Shoots:  Left Position:  Defense Team:  Oshawa Generals (OHL) If I told you that a player scored at a 1.08 pts/game pace during his draft eligible year, you’d likely assume I was talking about a forward.  However, when it comes…...

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Get to Know Noah Juulsen: Date of Birth: 2nd April, 1997 Place of Birth: Abbotsford, BC, Canada Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 180lbs Shoots: R Position: Defense Team: Everett Silvertips (WHL) It may come as some surprise to read the height and weight stats above, then learn that Juulsen is considered one of the 2015 NHL Draft’s foremost defensive prospects. However,…...

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Get to Know Guillaume Brisebois Date of Birth: 7-21-97 Place of Birth: Longueuil, QC, CAN Ht: 6’2” Wt: 176 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) Tall and lanky, Guillaume Brisebois has been one of the bright spots in a dismal situation. The Acadie-Bathurst Titan have won a paltry 39 games in the past two seasons. They…...

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Get to Know Chaz Reddekopp: Date of Birth: 1st January, 1997 Place of Birth: West Kelowna, BC, Canada Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 215 lbs Shoots: L Position: Defense Team: Victoria Royals (WHL) When the Victoria Royals traded away Keegan Kanzig to the Calgary Hitmen in 2014, Chaz Reddekopp saw an increase in ice time, but that never translated to a…...

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Get to Know Andrew Mangiapane Date of Birth: 4/4/1996 Place of Birth: Bolton, ON, CN Ht: 5’10” Wt: 161 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: Barrie Colts (OHL) Another re-entry player after going undrafted in the 2014 NHL Draft, Andrew Mangiapane is similar to Pius Suter is many ways. His offensive breakout, from a 51-point season to a 104-point…...

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Get to Know Rasmus Andersson Date of Birth: 10/27/1996 Place of Birth: Malmo, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 212 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: Barrie Colts (OHL) Rasmus Andersson came over from Sweden last summer in the CHL Import Draft with decent expectations. What the Barrie Colts got, however, was so much more than they expected. Playing on the…...

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Get to Know Kyle Capobianco Date of Birth: 08/13/1997 Place of Birth: Mississauga, ON, CN Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 179 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Drafted 7th overall in the 2013 OHL Draft, Capobianco faced major expectations in helping turn around the Sudbury Wolves. While things went well for the team in his first year, Capobianco…...

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Get to Know Zachary Senyshyn Date of Birth: March 30, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Neapean, Ontario Ht: 6’2” Wt: 195 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds When The Hockey News asked Zachary Senyshyn what NHL players he considers his role models, the speedy winger responded: “I’d say Matt Duchene. He plays the game at…...

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Get to Know Pius (pronounced like “Pews”) Suter Date of Birth: 5/24/1996 Place of Birth: Wallisellen, SUI Ht: 5’11” Wt: 170 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: Guelph Storm (OHL) One of our only second-time entrants into the NHL Draft that we’ll be previewing, Pius Suter went undrafted last year more as a result of his unfortunate circumstances than…...

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Get to Know Nicolas Meloche Date of Birth: 7-18-97 Place of Birth: LaSalle, QC, CAN Ht: 6’3” Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defense Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) Nicolas Meloche established himself as a two-way defenseman early in his career, and his talent was noticed as he was selected in the first round (15th overall) by Baie-Comeau Drakkar in…...

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Get to Know Mitchell Stephens Date of Birth: 2/5/1997 Place of Birth: Peterborough, ON, CN Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 187 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL) It’s amazing what one postseason tournament can do for a player. While Mitchell Stephens was already on the NHL radar, having been the 8th overall selection in the 2013 OHL Draft,…...

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The Avalanche Roundtable returns! This week the staff gets together to talk about some of Colorado’s own free agent quandaries before we begin shifting focus to who the Avalanche should be looking to acquire from the outside. As was the case last time, I propose the questions and let the rest of the staff do the hard work! Free…...

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Get to Know Matt Spencer Date of Birth: 3/24/1997 Place of Birth: Guelph, ON, CN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 203 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: Peterborough Petes (OHL) Drafted 3rd overall, ahead of Exceptional Status player Sean Day, in the loaded 2013 OHL Draft, Matt Spencer had big-time expectations when he arrived in Peterborough. While his Petes teams have…...

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