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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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Get to Know Jesse Gabrielle Date of Birth: June 17, 1997 (17) Place of Birth: Moosomin, Saskatchewan Ht: 5’11” Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Regina Pats After one and a half seasons with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, Jess Gabrielle, the sandpaper winger from Moosomin Saskatchewan, requested a trade and found himself with the Regina…...

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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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