Remember way back in 2017 when the Colorado Avalanche drafted Cale Makar fourth overall and put the franchise on a completely different trajectory? Of course you do. What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes is what the Avs did next. With the first pick of the second round, they selected a player they had ranked in the middle of the…

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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.