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Get to Know Denis Guryanov Date of Birth: 6-7-97 Place of Birth: Togliatti, Russia Ht: 6’2” Wt: 187 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Right Wing/Left Wing Team: Lada Togliatti (KHL) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A highly skilled forward who intimidates with his speed and proficient puckhandling ability, Denis Guryanov may have one of the highest ceilings as a forward…...

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Get to Know Oliver Kylington Date of Birth: 5/19/1997 Place of Birth: Stockholm, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Farjestad (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A smart two-way defenseman, who has tremendous feeling for the game and reads the plays well. Oliver Kylington is only average sized, but lets you forget the…...

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Get to Know Mikko Rantanen Date of Birth: October 29th, 1996 (18) Place of Birth: Nousiainen, Finland Ht: 6’4” Wt: 209 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Right Wing/Center Team: TPS Turku Mikko Rantanen is a large playmaking winger from Nousiainen, Finland, who finished the season as Central Scouting Services top ranked European skater. Rantanen is the consensus top European player…...

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Before I’ve shared ten words with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Zach Redmond, I can tell he’s a patient, laid-back guy. Between the time delay–almost a full second–and the intriguing time zone challenge of finding a middle ground between Michigan and New Zealand, this interview could have been off to an awkward start. There are technical difficulties and hurriedly-thumbed phone emails.…...

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We put it off about as long as we could justify but with Elliotte Friedman’s report yesterday that the Colorado Avalanche are listening to offers for Ryan O’Reilly, it’s time to talk about the merits of trading the star center. While everyone on the BSN Avalanche staff agrees that re-signing O’Reilly is the best outcome, the question of what…...

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The Avalanche announced today that Greg Sherman has been named Senior Vice President of Business and Team Operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Sherman’s role with the Avalanche has changed many times throughout his tenure with the organization. The Denver native worked his way up through the organization over the past 14 years, reaching the pinnacle of the front office as…...

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Get to know Ryan Gropp Date of Birth: 9/16/1996 Place of Birth: Kamloops, BC, CAN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 190 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Seattle Thunderbirds Ryan Gropp is a goal-scorer, and got a lot of face-time this season finishing off plays for one of the more highly rated players in this WHL draft class, Matthew Barzal. Gropp led the Thunderbirds in…...

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Get to Know Anthony Cirelli /Date of Birth:  7/15/1997 Place of Birth:  Woodbridge, ON, CAN Ht: 6’0” Wt: 165 lbs Shoots:  Left Position:  Center Team:  Oshawa Generals (OHL) Anthony Cirelli might not always score goals, but when he does, he makes sure they’re the Memorial Cup winner.   In the meantime, he keeps himself busy developing his solid 2-way play and using his…...

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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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