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Get to Know Dennis Yan Date of Birth: 4-14-97 Place of Birth: Portland, OR, USA Ht: 6”1” Wt: 187 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) Dennis Yan may have been born in Oregon, but he got his hockey legs under him in Russia after his parents moved there when he was 5. He returned to the…...

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Get to Know Parker Wotherspoon: Date of Birth: 24th August, 1997 Place of Birth: Surrey, BC, Canada Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 172 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL) Wotherspoon had a competent but quiet rookie season in the WHL, but his second year with the Americans, he positively exploded. He went from an 18-point first year to…...

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Get to Know Ethan Bear Date of Birth: Regina, SK, CN Place of Birth: 6/26/1997 Ht: 5’11” Wt: 201 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Ethan Bear is a prospect who has quietly worked his way through obstacles throughout his entire career. Drafted in the 2nd round of the WHL Bantam Draft, Bear came on and…...

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At the end of the 2014 NHL season, the Avalanche and Lightning were a mirrored pair. Both teams were young, talented, and playoff surprises thanks to the explosive offense generated by their young stars. Both teams suffered disappointing first round losses thanks to a lack of defensive talent and depth. Even the team’s general managers were a matching pair:…...

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Get to Know Connor Hobbs Date of Birth: January 4, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Ht: 6’1” Wt: 187 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defense Team: Regina Pats After seeing limited ice time with the Medicine Hat Tigers early in the season, Connor Hobbs took his first foray into the business end of the hockey world, and demanded a…...

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Get to Know Brandon Carlo: Date of Birth: 26th November, 1996 Place of Birth: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: R Position: Defense Team: Tri-City Americans (WHL) It’s difficult to miss Brandon Carlo, given the Colorado native’s size. His lanky 6’5″ frame towered over most of his teammates on team USA at the 2015 World…...

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Get to know Brendan Guhle Date of Birth: 7/29/1997 Place of Birth: Sherwood Park, AB, CAN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 184 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Prince Albert Raiders The WHL has become known for being a defensive-minded league, and producing its fair share of NHL blue-liners. Brendan Guhle appears to be on that path, utilizing strong skating and poise on the…...

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Get to Know Adam Musil Date of Birth: 03/26/1997 Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON, CN Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing/Center Team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL) Adam Musil is the kind of player who steps onto the ice and you immediately notice simply because he’s big. Then he starts skating around and he still draws…...

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The Backstory It’s time to address that elephant in the room — or perhaps it’s actually a rhino. Ryan O’Reilly is sure to garner a lot of ink this summer, as the Avalanche weigh their option of a long-term contract for O’Reilly against the possibility of trading him. The backstory is simple. The Avalanche and O’Reilly haven’t been two peas…...

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Get to Know Deven Sideroff Date of Birth: 4/14/1997 Place of Birth: Kamloops, BC, CN Ht: 5’11” Wt: 179 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Kamloops Blazers (WHL) Born and raised in Kamloops, Deven Sideroff is the easy-to-root-for local boy who was raised in the local hockey scene. Sideroff was a member of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in…...

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Get to Know Simon Bourque Date of Birth: 1-12-97 Place of Birth: Greenfield Park, QC, CAN Ht: 6’0” Wt: 190 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) Simon Bourque was not just a spectator in Oceanic’s championship run this past season. He put in 38 points (10g, 28a) in 68 regular season games and added in 5…...

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Get to know Andrew Nielsen Date of Birth: 11/13/1996 Place of Birth: Red Deer, AB, CAN Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 207 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes Andrew Nielsen is a Canadian defenseman who currently anchors the Lethbridge Hurricanes blue-line in the WHL. Coupling great size with decent skating and puck moving skills, Nielsen has the foundation necessary to potentially reach the next…...

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Get to Know Vince Dunn Date of Birth: October 29, 1996 Place of Birth: Peterborough, ON, CAN Ht: 6’0” Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) Offensive defensemen are incredibly important to any team.  They jump-start the rush with good passes, use smart stick-work to separate the opponent from the puck, contribute important offense from the blueline, quarterback the power…...

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Welcome back for the Year 2 Review of “Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy play GM!” If you missed yesterday’s breakdown, be sure to check it out here! As was the case yesterday, this breakdown features an average grade between all 6 BSN Avalanche writers. The draft is not graded because it is simply too early to accurately assess the…...

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Get to Know Austin Wagner Date of Birth: June 23, 1997 (17) Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta Ht: 6’1” Wt: 178 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Regina Pats Austin Wagner is a big two way winger for the Regina Pats who had a breakout season in his draft year. After registering just two points last season as…...

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Get to Know Jérémy Lauzon Date of Birth: 4-28-97 Place of Birth: Val-d’Or, QC, CAN Ht: 6’2” Wt: 194 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) Jeremy Lauzon was a second round pick for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. He saw his production skyrocket between his rookie and draft seasons, corresponding to an…...

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Get to Know Tyler Soy: Date of Birth: 10th February, 1997 Place of Birth: Richmond, BC, Canada Ht: 5’11” Wt: 170 lbs Shoots: L Position: Center Team: Victoria Royals (WHL) Though diminutive compared to many of those in his draft class, Tyler Soy is a smart, skilled forward who is developing into a three-zone threat. Apart from his raw…...

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Get to Know Cooper Marody Date of Birth: 12/20/1996 Place of Birth: Brighton, MI, USA Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 176 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) Cooper Marody is a try-hard player who overcomes a lack of elite skill with constant effort and wears opponents down. As one of the better players on the Sioux…...

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As we approach the NHL Draft and Free Agency, it seemed a good time to turn back the clock and take a look at the moves that have been made by the current hierarchy of Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic, whose job titles betray the conflicting responsibilities they share. While Sakic is the Executive Vice President, General Manager, andAlternate…...

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