Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby… Nathan MacKinnon. What do all those players have in common? They were all picked 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Most of them are considered the face of the franchise that drafted them. And they were all drafted out of the CHL as Centers. In the…

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Cole is Vancouver born but a Colorado native at heart, spending 21 years in the Denver and Boulder area. This CU Boulder graduate started covering the Avalanche with Mile High Hockey in 2011 and after four years took over briefly as the site's managing editor. After a year trapped in Chicago Blackhawk's territory Cole is back in Boulder writing on the Avalanche and their prospects.