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 dynamic offensive talent … creates offence with hard work … very consistent … jumps in and out of holes to create chances … plays with passion

Last Work on Hockey:

Tomasino marries his skating ability with excellent stickhandling. He can make plays while moving at top speed. This gives him the ability to be an excellent playmaker. By quickly changing his speed, making a cut, or even changing the angle on his stick he can create a passing lane to a teammate. He also has very good vision to find those open teammates. Tomasino uses his speed to get in quickly on the forecheck and create offence by forcing turnovers and mistakes from his opponents.

AJ’s Thoughts

Here we go! This is one of my favorite guys in the draft. I love his game, beginning with his straight explosive skating. His first couple steps are no joke and he creates a ton of separation with them. He’s more of a deferential playmaker than a bulldog who looks for his own shot and he’s a wizard with the puck on his stick. He’s a high-end playmaker who is creative and has no issues creating offense.

I love that he doesn’t cheat on effort, either. Every shift he goes hard and is engaged, even though he’s iffy in the defensive end. He doesn’t like to get physical and that’s a legitimate concern. It’s really the only pockmark I found in his game, though, because everything else is really awesome. He turns the puck over a little too much but as someone who is constantly distributing the puck, that’s part of the game.

If it’s not obvious, I’m a big fan of his game overall. He didn’t play top line minutes or even on PP1 so there’s a lot of Barrett Hayton vibes here except it won’t cost a top-five selection.


Avalanche Fit

His style is a picture-perfect fit for Colorado and the speed they try to bury teams with. He’s a center but could also move over to right wing if need be in the NHL. He’d be a dynamic addition and even though he doesn’t have superstar potential there’s without a doubt a top-six player here. He would be an electric talent to add to Colorado’s coffers and the exact opposite of the safe pick they went with last year in Martin Kaut. They could use a bigger and more physical presence but there are a lot of places to get that and selecting Tomasino 16th would be a small reach according to the rankings but a perfect fit. Fit is always important and Tomasino would be drafted into an environment to get the most out of his skills.


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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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    If Chicago decides to take Turcotte with their pick? Do you think the Avs will take Byram with their choice? If so, do you think the Avs will take Tomasino with the 16th pick?

    Keep you the great work!

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