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The Colorado Avalanche were a nightmare last season. Filled with aging veterans slogging their way around the ice, the NHL club managed to string together both the league’s most impotent offense and generous defense. The playstyle was slow, methodical, and flat out boring. Most games were a test of sanity of the observer who could have spent their time doing…...

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With the lights dimmed and the stage torn down on the floor of the United Center, the scene of destruction betrays what was a weekend of building for the NHL’s 31 teams. The Colorado Avalanche, in particular, had an interesting weekend as they were at the center of the “will they, won’t they”break up in their relationship with star forward...

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CHICAGO – The Colorado Avalanche used their final selection of the 2017 NHL Draft, 187th overall and first in the seventh round, on defenseman Nick Leivermann out of Eden Prarie High School in Minnesota. Leivermann, 5’10”, 194 pounds, was the captain of the Eagles team that featured eigth overall selection Casey Mittelstadt and infamously fell short of the state title...

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CHICAGO – The Colorado Avalanche continued their draft haul at the top of sixth round, using the 156th overall selection on Penn State forward Denis Smirnov. Smirnov is listed at 5’10”, 185 pounds and was a third-year draft eligible player. After spending three full seasons in the USHL, Smirnov found himself as a freshman on last season’s surprising Penn State...

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CHICAGO – The Colorado used their second pick in the fourth round, 114th overall, on goaltender Petr Kvaca from the Czech Republic. Kvaca is listed at 6’1″, 174 pounds and is already 19-years-old. He played most recently in the Czech 2 league. This marks the second consecutive year the Avalanche have used a mid-round selection on an overage European goaltender...

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CHICAGO – The Colorado Avalanche used their second round selection, 32nd overall, on Connor Timmins from the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, ending the suspense for Timmins, who was widely viewed as a likely first-round selection. “It’s definitely a relief,” Timmins told BSN from the United Center. “Yesterday was pretty stressful but I think going first in the...

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Get to Know Ian Mitchell Date of Birth: Jan. 18, 1999 Place of Birth: St. Albert, Alberta, Canada Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 173 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team (League): Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) Signed to play at the University of Denver for the 2017-18 season Statistics What Scouts See Mitchell has a 2nd-4th round tag for the upcoming draft. From...

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Get to Know Klim Kostin Date of Birth: May 5, 1999 Place of Birth: Penza, Russia Ht: 6’3″  Wt: 196 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Right Wing Team (League): Dynamo Moskow (KHL) Statistics What Scouts See Klim Kostin is ranked anywhere from 14-21 on most scouts’ rankings and he’s also ranked as the No. 1 European skater on NHL Central Scouting....

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Get to Know Ostap Safin Date of Birth: 2/11/1999 Place of Birth: Praha, CZE Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 198 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Right Wing Team (League): HC Sparta Praha (Czech) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: Skates very well, with balance and noteworthy speed, and handles the puck with ease and control at top speeds. Displays a dangerously accurate shot...

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Get to Know Filip Chytil Date of Birth: 9/5/1999 Place of Birth: Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 179 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team (League): HC Zlin (Czech) Statistics What Scouts See Future Considerations: Chytil is a speedy player with good hockey sense and offensive skill. He is a very good skater, with very quick feet and balance on his edges...

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Get to Know Timothy Liljegren Date of Birth: 4/30/1999 Place of Birth: Kristianstad, SWE Ht: 5’11” Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defense Team (League): Rogle (SHL) Statistics What Scouts See Future Considerations: An active, offensive-minded rearguard who likes the puck on his stick…skates with strong fluidity and agility, getting from one point to the next effortlessly as his feet always...

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Get to Know Martin Necas Date of Birth: 1/15/1999 Place of Birth: Nova Mesto na Morave, CZE Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 168 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team (League): HC Kometa Brno (Czech) Statistics What Scouts See Hockey Prospectus: A rather smallish-sized energy-player with great offensive upside and creativity. A lightning-quick skater who likes to handle the puck and creats scoring...

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Get to Know Elias Pettersson Date of Birth: 11/12/1998 Place of Birth: Sundsvall, SWE Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 165 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center/Left Wing Team (League): Timra (Allsvenskan) Statistics What Scouts See Elite Prospects: A crafty and agile two-way forward, Pettersson is consistently productive in all three zones. As he gets stronger, he’ll become even more physical and aggressive than...

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As Bob Dylan sang in 1964, “the times they are a-changin.'” For the Colorado Avalanche, those lyrics certainly could ring true as they approach this year’s NHL Draft with the fourth overall selection, a result of a brutal lottery loss to cap off a season mired by more losing than any modern day non-expansion team has experienced. On a Monday...

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Get to Know Miro Heiskanen Date of Birth: 7/18/1999 Place of Birth: Espoo, FIN Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 174 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team (League): HIFK (Liiga) Statistics What Scouts See EliteProspects: An elite two-way defenceman in the making, Miro Heiskanen has a toolbox bursting at the seams. Very smooth skater whose general agility and athleticism is excellent and on...

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Get to Know Grant Mismash Date of Birth: Feb. 9, 1999 Place of Birth: Edina, Minn. Ht: 6’0” Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: C Team (League): USNTDP Statistics What Scouts See Mismash is ranked anywhere from 24-49 on most scouts’ prospect rankings. From eliteprospects.com: A talented and gritty forward that embraces the physical side of the game. With the...

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Get to Know Kailer Yamamoto Date of Birth: 9/29/1998 Place of Birth: Spokane, WA, USA Ht: 5’8″ Wt: 159 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Left Wing Team (League): Spokane Chiefs (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Last Word on Sports: Undersized at just 5’9″, Yamamoto is a tremendous skater. His top end speed is excellent. Yamamoto creates odd-man rushes with his speed,...

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Get to Know Nikita Popugaev Date of Birth: 11/20/1998 Place of Birth: Moskva, RUS Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 203 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team (League): Prince George Cougars (WHL) Statistics What Scouts See Future Considerations: Popugaev is a hulking winger with some strong goal-scoring ability. He is a straight line player and it’s a thing of beauty when he...

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Get to Know Maxime Comtois Date of Birth: 1/8/1999 Place of Birth: Longeuil, QC, CAN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 201 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team (League): Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL) Statistics What Scouts See Future Considerations: A big-bodied, poised winger who is dependable in all zones…big, quick and skilled…can generate the speed to separate from defenders, and has the agility...

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