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Get to Know Tyler Benson Date of Birth: 3/15/1998 Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB, CAN Ht: 5’11” Wt: 196 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team (League): Vancouver Giants (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See The Draft Analyst: Benson is very shifty with tremendous balance, meaning he can continue to move if he gets hit at the same time he…...

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Get to Know Brett Howden: Date of Birth: 3/29/1998 Place of Birth: Calgary, AB, CAN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 190 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: Brett Howden is skilled in all three zones.  He is blessed with good size, and takes advantage of it, using leverage…...

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Get to Know Tage Thompson: Date of Birth: 10/30/1997 Place of Birth: Oyster Bay, NY, USA Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 194 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center/Right Wing Team (League): University of Connecticut (NCAA) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: At 6’5″ tall Tage Thompson has the size, and uses it to his full advantage in playing a power…...

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Get to Know Riley Tufte: Date of Birth: 4/10/1998 Place of Birth: Ham Lake, MN, USA Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 212 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team (League): Fargo Force (USHL) Statistics What Scouts See The Draft Analyst: Tufte has excellent hands and securely controls the puck while on the move, and he uses his massive reach to keep…...

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Get to Know Jake Bean: Date of Birth: 6/9/1998 Place of Birth: Calgary, AB, CAN Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 172 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team (League): Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects: A shifty and intelligent defenceman that plays with panache and poise. An excellent skater that is a good puck-carrier up the ice.…...

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Get to Know Luke Kunin: Date of Birth: 12/4/1997 Place of Birth: Chesterfield, MO, USA Ht: 5’11” Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team (League): University of Wisconsin (NCAA) Statistics What Scouts See Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects: A highly intelligent and offensively gifted forward. Has a keen eye for scoring opportunities and has shown flashes of elite-level finishing…...

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Get to Know Kieffer Bellows Date of Birth: 6/10/1988 Place of Birth: Edina, MN, USA Ht: 6’0” Wt: 196 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center/Left Wing Team (League): U.S. National Development Team Program (USHL) Statistics What Scouts See Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects: Kieffer Bellows is a skilled power forward that can dominate games. Possesses high-end puckhandling ability as well as…...

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With the NHL Draft completed, the dust begins to settle on one of the more chaotic 48-hour periods in recent NHL history. At the forefront of a large amount of that action was the Colorado Avalanche. Today, we’re going to touch on the Carl Soderberg acquisition, the Ryan O’Reilly trade, and the results of the NHL Draft. First question…...

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After a long weekend which featured three trades and seven selections in the NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche can close the book on draft season and prepare for the start of Free Agency next Wednesday, July 1st. Before launching into our Free Agency coverage this Monday, it’s time to take stock of the Avalanche’s draft activity. In the weeks leading up…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have selected Gustav Olhaver, a center and left wing from the Rogle Junior -20 team from the Swedish Junior League, with the 191st pick, the 10th selection in the 7th round and Colorado’s final pick of the draft. Olhaver, 17, scored 12 points in 41 games last season in the U-20 league. Before being promoted to…...

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With the 161st selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Colorado Avalanche selected Drummondville Voltiguers defenseman Sergei Boikov. After choosing a pair of QMJHL players earlier in the draft and an over-age Russian defenseman in the 4th round, the Avalanche combined the two in round 6, drafting an over-age Russian defenseman from the QMJHL. Boikov is a 19 year old,…...

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With the 101st selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Colorado Avalanche selected Russian defenseman Andrei Mironov. Not included in our Top 100 Prospect Profiles, Central Scouting’s Top 120 European prospects, Future Considerations Top 210, and unranked by many, many more it’s safe to call this an extremely off the board selection for the Colorado Avalanche. The 20…...

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The Avs third round pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is in, and the right-shooting center Jean-Christophe Beaudin is headed back to Colorado.  He scored 14 goals and 39 assists (53 points) in 68 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL last year. While not the biggest guy at 6’1″ and 181 lbs, his intelligence, vision, and passing give him gives…...

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With the 40th overall pick, the Colorado Avalanche have selected Nicolas Meloche of Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL. Nicolas Meloche is a big-bodied defenseman with a penchant for scoring. He was selected in the first round (15th overall) by Drakkar in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft and immediately made an impact on his team. In 54 games, he potted 6 goals…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have selected A.J. Greer 39th overall from Boston University of the NCAA. The 6’3”, 205 pound Greer is a classic power forward who plays a heavy style and possesses high-end offensive skills. While he only scored 7 points in 37 games played in his freshman season last year, Greer played primarily in a third line role for…...

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Thanks to yesterday’s blockbuster trade that sent Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to Buffalo in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick, the Avalanche will be the first team to approach the podium on day two of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. As it stands, the Avalanche will select 31st and 40th in…...

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With the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche have selected Mikko Rantanen, of the Finnish Liiga’s TPS hockey club. Rantanen is the top rated European skater by Central Scouting, and put up 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games with TPS in his 18-year old season in the top Finnish league last year. Rantanen has also…...

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It’s finally draft day. We’ve covered 100 prospects here at BSN Denver, had multiple features highlighting players the Avalanche may consider down the road, and even had three separate mock drafts. Today, the goal was simple. We sat down as a staff and after all the hours of pouring of prospect film and debating the merits of the players…...

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We’re down to the final day before the NHL Entry Draft and our focus this morning is on the under-the-radar players who are likely to be selected in the second half of the draft, eliciting little more than a simple “who?” reaction from the fans of the team that selects them. These are the guys nobody is talking about…...

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Today’s draft feature focuses on the players in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft that would make the best and worst fits with the Avalanche organization. Keep in mind that these are not indictments or endorsements of prospects, just how they theoretically fit in the Avalanche organization. Best Fits Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (Liiga) Cheryl says: Rantanen is exactly…...

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