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With the playoffs still underway and draft coverage kicking off in earnest today at BSNDenver.com, there was no better time to put up our first attempt at a mock draft for the draft positions that are set. As the playoffs continue on and more draft positions become locked in as well as the post-season scouting process sharpens the focus…...

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After profiling both big and small forwards the last two days, today we turn our focus to the blue line for the first time as the ‘Top 25 Avalanche Under 25’ series continues with #23, Cody Corbett. In case you missed previous installments, don’t forget to go read about #24 Samuel Henley and #25 Troy Bourke. Today’s focus is,…...

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Yesterday we took a look at Troy Bourke, the small center who was voted in as the 25th best player in the Avalanche under organization under the age of 25. Today, we’re going to profile what you could safely say is Bourke’s exact opposite in Big Sam Henley. Coming in at 25th on 4 of the 6 ballots turned…...

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With the Avalanche firmly into their off-season, it’s a golden opportunity to take a look at the organization and see what the future holds for a team that appears on the cusp of consistent playoff contention. To kick that off, we’re going to be running the Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 series for the next several weeks. The BSN…...

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When the Colorado Avalanche did not get the magical lottery combination last Saturday night during the NHL Draft Lottery, they were locked into the 10th overall selection in the first round. While there was much conversation about the team winning 3 games in a row to end the season and in the process likely costing them the 8th overall selection,…...

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Part of the intrigue in the Entry Draft in any sport is not only getting a glimpse of the future of a sport but the fascinating truth that not all drafts are created equally. Sometimes you have a draft with a handful of exceptional players, such as this upcoming draft this June where Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are two…...

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Today we look at the 4th of 5th draft classes as we delve into the Colorado Avalanche 2012 Draft and see what happened and where things went so wrong. Before we get into it, though, just a reminder that if you missed any of the previous installments, you should go back and check out the 2009 Draft Review, 2010 Draft…...

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Day 3 is upon us as the journey through recent Avalanche draft history continues. If you missed either of the first two installments this week, you can check out the 2010 Draft Review here and the 2009 Draft Review here. Today we review the 2011 draft class, a top heavy class that has left quite a bit to be desired. For…...

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Yesterday we took a look at the 2009 draft class for the Colorado Avalanche and the franchise-changing power a single great day at the draft can possess. Today, we’re going to delve into the draft class that immediately followed it to provide a stark contrast to how the fortunes can change so quickly. Unlike in 2009, the Avalanche were…...

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The Entry Draft is an event in every major sport that fans are naturally attracted to because you get to see the future of the sport right in front of you. Hockey, unlike football or basketball and much more like baseball, is a sport whose draft is an event that celebrates the long-term projectability of teenagers prodigious talents rather than…...

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One last hurrah. One final invasion from enemy fans. One more swan song on a season where the excuses piled up faster than the wins. As a sea of red washed over the Pepsi Center as the always-robust Blackhawks bandwagon invaded for the final time this season, the Colorado Avalanche cried havoc and let slip the dogs of war, racing…...

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Late in the season, searching for positives and desperate to find redeeming qualities, the Colorado Avalanche gave everyone the story of the season when rookie Joey Hishon’s story of redemption, his long battle against concussions and the long-derailed career of the once-great prospect finally appearing back on track, overtook the hockey world. Very quietly, Avs backup goaltender Reto Berra has…...

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Officially eliminated from the playoffs and embarrassed in their last game, the Colorado Avalanche players and coaches have spent the last few days leading up to tonight’s contest versus the Nashville Predators saying they were playing their final 3 games of the season, all at home, for the pleasure of the fans to say thank you for the year-long support.…...

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Before the puck even dropped between the Colorado Avalanche and hosting Los Angeles Kings, the Avs had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race when the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks earlier in the day. The dream was officially dead. Everyone knew it was a matter of time as the Avs had consistently failed to capitalize on the weak…...

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In a disappointing season for the Colorado Avalanche, it’s all about finding the small things to take solace in. For one more night, the Avs staved off mathematical elimination from the playoffs as they held off the Anaheim Ducks on the road, 4-2, despite being thoroughly outplayed for much of the game. A breakaway goal by Matt Duchene, his 21st…...

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One of the saving graces of being realistically eliminated from the playoff race with two weeks left to play is the opportunity to give some players a chance a team normally otherwise would not be willing to provide. Such is the case of the Colorado Avalanche tonight in giving yet another opportunity to backup goaltender Reto Berra, whose play this…...

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One of the things that makes hockey such an interesting sport is how the unpredictable elements, such as ice and the oddly-shaped puck, combine with the natural speed and flow of the sport. Most of the time the teams with the most talent win out because they’re able to overcome the random elements of the game and convert limited opportunities…...

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As this season winds down, the Colorado Avalanche are all about searching for the positives as they begin looking to next season. Head Coach Patrick Roy keeps finding reasons to pump the optimism into the Pepsi Center despite another season in which the Avs will fail to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. On a night like this, playing against one…...

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Sports are filled with hyperbole. Everywhere you look, you’re seeing the “GREATEST TEAM OF ALL-TIME” or a rough equivalent. You’re never not in the presence of greatness when you’re witnessing sports unfold on a live stage. When I say that this Colorado Avalanche team might be the most resilient team since the glory days of Sakic, Roy, and Forsberg I’m…...

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With the Avalanche season all but over entering tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, there was a sense coming into this game that a letdown was inevitable. Facing the 28th place team in a 30-team league two nights after being all but eliminated from the playoff race, the start of the game was the kind of deflating effort that you…...

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