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After a long weekend which featured three trades and seven selections in the NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche can close the book on draft season and prepare for the start of Free Agency next Wednesday, July 1st. Before launching into our Free Agency coverage this Monday, it’s time to take stock of the Avalanche’s draft activity. In the weeks leading up…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have selected Gustav Olhaver, a center and left wing from the Rogle Junior -20 team from the Swedish Junior League, with the 191st pick, the 10th selection in the 7th round and Colorado’s final pick of the draft. Olhaver, 17, scored 12 points in 41 games last season in the U-20 league. Before being promoted to…...

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With the 161st selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Colorado Avalanche selected Drummondville Voltiguers defenseman Sergei Boikov. After choosing a pair of QMJHL players earlier in the draft and an over-age Russian defenseman in the 4th round, the Avalanche combined the two in round 6, drafting an over-age Russian defenseman from the QMJHL. Boikov is a 19 year old,…...

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With the 101st selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Colorado Avalanche selected Russian defenseman Andrei Mironov. Not included in our Top 100 Prospect Profiles, Central Scouting’s Top 120 European prospects, Future Considerations Top 210, and unranked by many, many more it’s safe to call this an extremely off the board selection for the Colorado Avalanche. The 20…...

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The Avs third round pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is in, and the right-shooting center Jean-Christophe Beaudin is headed back to Colorado.  He scored 14 goals and 39 assists (53 points) in 68 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL last year. While not the biggest guy at 6’1″ and 181 lbs, his intelligence, vision, and passing give him gives…...

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With the 40th overall pick, the Colorado Avalanche have selected Nicolas Meloche of Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL. Nicolas Meloche is a big-bodied defenseman with a penchant for scoring. He was selected in the first round (15th overall) by Drakkar in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft and immediately made an impact on his team. In 54 games, he potted 6 goals…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have selected A.J. Greer 39th overall from Boston University of the NCAA. The 6’3”, 205 pound Greer is a classic power forward who plays a heavy style and possesses high-end offensive skills. While he only scored 7 points in 37 games played in his freshman season last year, Greer played primarily in a third line role for…...

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We thought the Avalanche might move the 31st overall selecting this morning in order to obtain more draft picks, and sure enough they swapped the 31st pick before ever stepping up to the podium. The Colorado Avalanche announced the trade via twitter: Trade details: – No. 31 to SJ for No. 39 this year – 2nd round in 2016…...

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When the Avalanche traded Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres yesterday in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st selection in today’s NHL Entry Draft, the biggest name (and player, for that matter) to be heading Colorado’s way is the monster truck-sized Zadorov as he is the centerpiece of the trade from…...

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Thanks to yesterday’s blockbuster trade that sent Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to Buffalo in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick, the Avalanche will be the first team to approach the podium on day two of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. As it stands, the Avalanche will select 31st and 40th in…...

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For a roster without much contract turnover this summer, the Avalanche have had a busy Friday night with a number of major changes to their roster. The latest changes involve the future of two restricted free agents who finished the 2015 season with the NHL club. In a conference call during the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, Joe…...

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While Nikita Zadorov and Mikhail Grigorenko are certainly the biggest pieces headed to Colorado in return for Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn, make no mistake, J.T. Compher is a valuable piece of this Avalanche blockbuster trade. J.T. Compher is a 5-foot-11, 184 pound forward who can play both center and wing. Don’t let his smaller stature fool you, however, he…...

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With the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche have selected Mikko Rantanen, of the Finnish Liiga’s TPS hockey club. Rantanen is the top rated European skater by Central Scouting, and put up 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games with TPS in his 18-year old season in the top Finnish league last year. Rantanen has also…...

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And just like that, it’s over. Ryan O’Reilly is reportedly being shipped to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal, thus ending the saga between him and Avalanche management over the past couple of seasons. The recent acquisition of Carl Soderberg and hefty contract demands of O’Reilly seemed to make this result inevitable, and the Avalanche will move forward without…...

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The Avalanche’s 1st round selection wasn’t the only new thing unveiled to Avalanche fans Friday night in Sunrise, Florida. The Avalanche also debuted new home jerseys on Instagram shortly before the first round of the NHL Draft. The new uniforms keep the apron string piping introduced in 2007, but replace the “Bigfoot” logo which the team has used since their debut in…...

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Per Craig Custance of ESPN, the Colorado Avalanche has signed center Carl Soderberg to a 5-year contract extension. With trade rumors swirling around the NHL Thursday afternoon, the Avalanche were the first team to make headlines by trading their 6th round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft for the negotiating rights to Unrestricted Free Agent Carl Soderberg. After a…...

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It’s finally draft day. We’ve covered 100 prospects here at BSN Denver, had multiple features highlighting players the Avalanche may consider down the road, and even had three separate mock drafts. Today, the goal was simple. We sat down as a staff and after all the hours of pouring of prospect film and debating the merits of the players…...

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While potentially further setting themselves up for an extremely busy weekend, the Colorado Avalanche have acquired the rights to soon-to-be free agent center Carl Soderberg in exchange for a 6th round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. That selection had been previously acquired by the Avalanche at the trade deadline as part of a package in exchange for…...

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The annual NHL meetings in Las Vegas wrapped up this week with everyone making their way to Miami for the start of the NHL Entry Draft, which begins tomorrow evening. In just a short couple of days, the NHL has changed quite a bit, chief among them a new format for overtime, the inclusion of a coaches challenge, and…...

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The NHL has released the schedule for the 2015-16 season. The Colorado Avalanche will open their season on October 8, 2015 at home versus the Minnesota Wild. This marks the second straight season, and third in the last four, the Avalanche have opened at home against the Wild. The Avs open with a three game home stand as the…...

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