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Get to Know Jakub Zboril Date of Birth: 2/21/97 Place of Birth: Brno, CZE Ht: 6’2” Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) After an impressive performance on the European stage, Jakub Zboril is making a name for himself on the North American hockey scene. He has quickly established himself as a responsible…...

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Get to Know Zachary Werenski Date of Birth: 07/19/1997 Place of Birth: Grosse Pointe, MI, USA Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 214 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: University of Michigan (Big 10) Zach Werenski is a name most draftniks have been familiar with for a while as the American defenseman’s time with the United States Development Program saw him blossom…...

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Of the prospects covered so far, power forward Jordan Caron is the only one with a significant number of NHL games under his belt.  He’s also proved to be the most divisive.  The BSN writers ranked him between 13th and 21st overall, with some valuing his potential and experience and others criticizing his lackluster showing with the Avs. Who is Jordan Caron?…...

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Get to Know Timo Meier Date of Birth: October 8, 1996 (18) Place of Birth: Henrisau Switzerland Ht: 6’1” Wt: 209 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Right Wing Team: Halifax Mooseheads The top ranked QMJHL prospect from the 2015 NHL Draft had a breakout season for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2014-2015. Meier plays a power game on the wing and…...

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Get to Know Mitchell Marner Date of Birth: 05/05/1997 Place of Birth:  Markham, ON, CAN Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 160 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: London Knights (OHL) Mitch Marner is a player who has been on the NHL’s radar for the last several years as a player to watch. As Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel dominated the headlines,…...

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Today’s entry in our ‘Top 25 Avalance Under 25’ series sees the first of two goaltenders on the list, Spencer Martin, ranked #17. Coming in at 6’3″ and 200 pounds, Martin is the most physically prominent goalie in the Avalanche system. Only current goaltenders Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra come close to Martin’s size. Who is Spencer Martin? After being drafted by…...

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As the Top 25 Under 25 countdown continues, we reach the ranks of players with some NHL experience under their belts. Borna Rendulic lands at #18 on our list. He marks a departure from the Rick Pracey-style players profiled previously, from his undrafted signing to his large frame and slower skating. The former SM-Liiga forward and Team Croatia alternate…...

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The 2015 World Championships continued in Prague, this time pitting the Avalanche players on Team Canada against their teammate Jan Hejda. Hejda has been averaging over nineteen and a half minutes of ice time per game with team Czech Republic, paired with HC CSKA Moscow’s Ondřej Němec of the KHL. While Hejda didn’t tally on the scoresheet, he exhibited…...

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The ‘Top 25 Avalanche Under 25′ series continues with its third consecutive defenseman in #21 Mat Clark.  At 24 years old, Clark is the oldest player featured so far, and edges out #22 Will Butcher, #23 Cody Corbett, and #24 Samuel Henley in large part due to his professional hockey experience. Our 6 BSN Avalanche writers gave Clark scores ranging from 20th…...

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It’s said that distance gives perspective.  As we head into the third week of the Avs’ off-season, it still might be too early to fully assess everything that caused this extremely frustrating campaign.  After a magical 112 point finish and Division Championship only a year ago, this drastic crash back to earth obviously had to be caused by something.…...

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As we keep rolling on with the “Top 25 Avalanche Under 25′ series, it’s time to introduce Denver University blueliner Will Butcher to the list at #22.  In case you missed any of AJ’s great work last week, #25 Troy Bourke, #24 Samuel Henley, and #23 Cody Corbett are certainly worth the read. Beyond having a great name, Butcher…...

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Game two for the Avalanche players suited up for Team Canada was a 10-0 shelling of Team Germany. To those familiar with the disparity in skill between Canada’s top league and Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga this won’t come as a surprise. Despite the 4100 or so miles separating Canada from the Czech Republic, there were an impressive number of…...

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The 2015 IIHF World Championships began on the 1st of May in Prague, Czech Republic. The Avalanche’s contribution to Team Canada–consisting of forwards Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and Ryan O’Reilly in addition to defenseman Tyson Barrie–made an immediate impact. Nathan MacKinnon scored the first goal of the tournament for Canada, an impressive one-timer through traffic performed whilst skating backwards.…...

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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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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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