It was only a mild surprise when the Avalanche sent Bowen Byram back to the WHL for the season. After drafting him fourth overall, general manager Joe Sakic said Byram would get every opportunity to stick. That Byram played in two of three games in Irvine in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff and then four of Colorado’s first five preseason games…

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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.