The comparisons to last year were inevitable. The Avalanche are sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in but knowing they successfully climbed the last-season playoff push mountain last year, they’re confident they can do it again. When Tyson Jost heard the question, he just smiled. Talking about last year’s success has that effect on a lot of the…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast.