Scout Quote

Peyton Krebs is a potent point-producer and offensive catalyst that rises to the occasion whenever he’s on the ice. He is a smooth, shifty skater that traverses all three zones with ease and closes the gap on the backcheck quickly. Defensively, his understanding of the game communicates itself through his proactive positioning and an active, lane-disrupting stick.

Willing to go to the dirty areas and fight for the puck, but isn’t at his best there. Offensively, below the opposition’s blue line, he is an electric, dominant force that showcases excellent decision-making and undeniable puck skills. He’s aggressive, but never takes stupid penalties that will put his team in disadvantage state. Krebs’ hockey sense is on full display when he’s making moves, creating space, and orchestrating opportunities for himself and linemates.

All-in-all, Peyton Krebs is an exciting mix of speed, skill, smarts, and hard-nosedness in all three zones. He’s got a very high ceiling. (Curtis Joe, EP 2019)

AJ’s Thoughts

Next to Matt Boldy, Krebs is my favorite player in this year’s draft class. He doesn’t have game-breaking talent but he’s an excellent all-around player who combines legit skill with high hockey IQ. He does everything at a high level. He’d be killer in a job interview because his greatest strength is that he has no weakness.

He’s an exceptional leader and will be a captain in the NHL someday. His intangibles are off the charts and he’s the kind of kid who will see a significant rise at the NHL combine because his interviews will blow teams away and convince them they have to take a chance on his talent.

Given the team he played on was awful, it’s hard to really get a strong read on just how good he is. All of his competition at the top of this year’s draft played on significantly better teams and it can be tough to tell just how good Krebs really could be. His U-18 performance when he centered Cozens and Newhook was a great showcase for him. I’d take him in the top five but I’ll understand if the NHL doesn’t agree with my boldness.


Avalanche Fit

He’d be an amazing fit if Colorado was drafting more at like six or seven than four. It’s just a tough sell to take him that high when nobody really has him ranked in that range. Of course, he fits Colorado’s profile pretty perfectly and reminds some people of Tyson Jost in that he does everything well and will have a great interview process. He’s very different from Jost in a lot of important ways but being lazy is easy and that’s how we approach the draft process all too often. If for some reason Krebs gets past the 10th pick, Colorado should be doing everything they can to trade up and take him before Minnesota gets a shot at him at 12. This is the kind of kid that could haunt you if he goes to a division rival. HAUNT. YOU.


Ranked #9 by TSN/McKenzie

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Ranked #10 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.

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