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As we approach the NHL Draft and Free Agency, it seemed a good time to turn back the clock and take a look at the moves that have been made by the current hierarchy of Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic, whose job titles betray the conflicting responsibilities they share. While Sakic is the Executive Vice President, General Manager, andAlternate…...

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Get to Know Glenn Gawdin Date of Birth: March 25, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Richmond, British Columbia Ht: 6’1” Wt: 191 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center/Wing Team: Swift Current Broncos Glenn Gawdin is a responsible, two-way center who’s been on draftniks radar for some time now. Spending significant time alongside fellow draft eligible Broncos forward Jake DeBrusk, Gawdin…...

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Get to Know Jean-Christophe Beaudin Date of Birth: 3-25-97 Place of Birth: Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC, CAN Ht: 6’1” Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) Jean-Christophe Beaduin saw his first real high-level hockey action in the 2014-15 season. He came to juniors through Collège Antoine-Girouard Gaulois of the QMAA, where he was a strong offensive presence…...

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Get to know Nicolas Roy Date of Birth: 2/05/1997 Place of Birth: Amos, QC, CAN Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 195 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL) Nicolas Roy is a prospect who finds himself slipping in the wrong direction on many draft boards as June 26th approaches. Entering the 2014-15 campaign with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL, Roy…...

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Get to Know Dennis Gilbert: Date of Birth: 10/30/1996 Place of Birth: Williamsville, NY, USA Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 194 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Chicago Steel (USHL) Dennis Gilbert grew up outside of Buffalo, NY and quietly has turned himself into an intriguing draft prospect as he rose the ranks. Starting in high school when he played for…...

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Today the BSN Avalanche staff unveils the First Round Mock Draft we’ve been hard at work on in recent days. Each of the 6 writers was randomly assigned 4 teams, with one of their teams picking twice in the first round, and given several days to familiarize themselves with their assigned teams prospect pools. What follows is the result…...

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Get to Know Paul Bittner Date of Birth: November 4, 1996 (18) Place of Birth: Crookston, MN Ht: 6’4” Wt: 204 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Portland Winterhawks In a league where talented power forwards are few and far between, it’s easy to see why scouts and GM’s across the NHL are drawn to the talented titan…...

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Get to Know Anthony Richard Date of Birth: 12-20-96 Place of Birth: Trois-Rivieres, QC, CAN Ht: 5’9” Wt: 165 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team: Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) Anthony Richard is a home-grown Quebec talent that began playing for Val-d’Or in the 2012-13 season. his numbers were not impressive, but he was also one of the younger boys in…...

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Get to Know Jake DeBrusk Date of Birth: October 17, 1996 (18) Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta Ht: 6’0” Wt: 174 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Swift Current Broncos Nothing about Jake DeBrusk’s shooting or skating screams “elite offensive forward” the way it does for prospects like Connor McDavid and Mitch Marner at the top of this…...

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Get to Know A.J. Greer Date of Birth: 12/14/1996 Place of Birth: Joliette, QC, CN Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 203 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Boston University (NCAA) When looking at prospects likely to be drafted in the middle rounds, teams are mining for diamonds in the rough. Most of the time, they’ll be happy if they get…...

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After a month of going through the top young players, we’ve finally reached the conclusion. The ’25 Avalanche Under 25′ series has been a tremendous amount of fun to write and hopefully read. In case you’ve missed the final installments during the final countdown, be sure to check out #4 Ryan O’Reilly, #3 Gabriel Landeskog, and #2 Matt Duchene.…...

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Get to know Travis Konecny (koh-NECK-nee) Date of Birth: 3/11/1997 Place of Birth: Clachan, Ontario Ht: 5’10″ Wt: 176 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing/Center Team: Ottawa 67’s (OHL) Fast. Determined. Electric. Well-rounded. Game-changer. These are just a few of the words used to describe the Ottawa 67’s 17-year-old captain.  The young sniper/playmaker really stepped up his game during the second half of…...

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Get to Know Yakov Trenin Date of Birth: January 13, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Chelyabinsk, Russia Ht: 6’2” Wt: 194 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center/Wing Team: Gatineau Olympiques Like most Russian imports to the CHL, Yakov Trenin left home as a young teenager in order to fly across the globe and improve his game in a country where he…...

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Get to know Gabriel Gagné Date of Birth: 11/11/1996 Place of Birth: Laval, QC, CAN Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 186 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center/Right Wing Team: Victoriaville Tigres Some players wow you in spite of their physical gifts. Other players have the look, and tantalize scouts with an imposing, athletic frame, although they have some areas to clean up and improve before their…...

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Get to Know Brendan Warren Date of Birth: 05/07/1997 Place of Birth: Carelton, MI, USA Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Left Position: LW Team: United States National U-18 Team (USHL) Brendan Warren is yet another Michigan prospect who came through the Compuware and Belle Tire Bantam programs to join the USNTDP and despite being drafted by the OHL’s…...

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While Cole Hamilton makes a good argument about #3 Gabriel Landeskog being the Captain and therefore the face of the Avalanche, there’s no question that Matt Duchene is the team’s franchise player. You have to be something pretty special to be the player that management defines all other salaries by, and Duchene achieves it. Despite the Avalanche’s shortened season,…...

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Get to Know Kameron Kielly Date of Birth: 12-13-96 Place of Birth: Sherwood, PE, CAN Ht: 6’1” Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) Kameron Kielly was picked up by the Gatineau Olympiques’ (18th overall) in the 2012 QMJHL draft, and despite playing in 60 games, the Canadian center only managed to put up 6…...

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Get to know Anthony Beauvillier Date of Birth: 6/8/1997 Place of Birth: Sorel-Tracy, QC, CAN Ht: 5’10″ Wt: 173 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center/Left Wing Team: Shawinigan Cataractes Anthony Beauvillier is a point producer — utilizing a smooth game on the ice to be the offensive catalyst for his QMJHL team, the Shawinigan Cataractes. Coaches praise his leadership and passion for playing hockey as…...

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Welcome back to the Avalanche Roundtable, where members of the BSN Avalanche staff sits down to go back and forth about topics that are of interest to Colorado Avalanche fans. Today’s topic addresses the report from yesterday that the Avalanche, specifically Head Coach Patrick Roy, had reached out to Russian forward Alexander Radulov about returning to North America to…...

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BSN’s Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 series is coming to a close as we rank the trio of young forwards who will likely come to define the Avalanche over the next decade.  First up in the final three: the captain, the face of the franchise – Gabriel Landeskog. Among our BSN Staff, half ranked Landeskog third overall and half ranked…...

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