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I know, I know. You can’t really grade a draft class until a few years down the road when you see how players develop and what they become in the future and all of that. But that’s no fun because giving everyone an INCOMPLETE on draft day isn’t something people want to read. How did the Avalanche do? Who are…...

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Adversity often teaches us the most important lessons of how to navigate the unpredictability of life. Riding the emotional roller coaster through the fires of hell and back to the top of the mountain creates a natural learning environment. What we take from those lessons often go on to define many of the decisions we make later on when presented…...

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Here’s our final swing at a mock draft for the 2020 NHL Draft. It’s the same mock we did on this week’s Free Skate Friday but not in video form! If you want to watch it all unfold and us explain our picks, here’s the YouTube link. Otherwise, he’s our final mock draft for the 2020 draft class. 1. NY…...

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Okay, let’s try this again. The Avs were all set to select 24th because of division winners and such and then the NHL decided to ignore them completely and pushed the Avs to the 25th pick instead of 24. Throwing out everything we learned about the history of the 24th pick, we’ll just run down the same parameters but with…...

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As our written and video content about the upcoming NHL Draft carries on, today I’m going to delve into some of the fits for the Avalanche in the first round that I like the best. Drafting isn’t so much as trying to find the best player overall but it’s more about finding the player that will best fit your organization.…...

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Every year when the dust settles on the playoff races and the draft order starts settling into place, people begin to look at where their team lands and what that pick could mean for the franchise. For the Avalanche, they find themselves in very uncomfortable territory. With the 24th pick, they are slated to make their lowest selection in the…...

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Coming into the 2020 NHL Draft, the Avalanche find themselves in an unfamiliar position. For the first time in many years, the NHL Draft was a secondary (at best) storyline for the franchise as they weren’t rooting for another team to lose or gauging their own draft position throughout the season. Following a strong regular season and second consecutive loss…...

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The NHL continues to make it clear they would like to hold the NHL Draft in early June before the season resumes. This creates a handful of complications and would need a significant amount of tweaking in order to get it accomplished but ultimately they can hold the draft whenever they want. Today’s topic: How do you feel about the…...

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This is the third and final installment of the Avalanche Prospect Video Series! Today AJ Haefele and Jesse Montano break down the merits of USNTDP forward Matt Boldy and why he could be a darkhorse at the fourth pick. Be sure you’re following all of our draft content at the BSN NHL Draft Central! THIS VIDEO IS BROUGHT TO YOU…

1. New Jersey Devils – Jack Hughes, C, USNTDP (USHL) I’m holding firm here on Hughes. I like Nico Hischier but I think the Hughes/Hischier 1A/2A center combination is too good of a temptation on how to build a roster. New Jersey is also an organization with deep USA Hockey ties so they’ll have a significant amount of information on…...

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Statistics Scout Quotes Nicolas Beaudin is a diminutive yet cunning defenceman that is able to use his size to his advantage. His mobility is all but elite at this point; he primarily uses his speed to open up passing and shooting lanes in the offensive zone. With and without the puck he stays composed and in-position, allowing him to analyze...

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Statistics Scout Quotes Bokk has outstanding stickhandling ability. He has incredible hands and can make plays in a phone booth. He pairs this with very good vision and passing skill. Bokk has high-end hockey IQ, he always seems to make smart plays with the puck and knows how to get open without it. Bokk is strong on his skates, and...

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Statistics Scout Quotes Dellandrea scores goals with an excellent wrist and snapshot. He has the hockey IQ to find soft spots in the opposing defence and gets his shot off from the high slot. His shots are powerful and accurate. He also has a good backhand. Dellandrea gets to the dirty areas of the ice, where he has the hand-eye...

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Statistics Scout Quotes Denisenko is extremely dangerous off the rush. As noted, he is an excellent skater. He pairs that skating ability with the hands to make plays while moving at top speed. His soft hands and excellent stick handling ability gives him a number of quick dekes and feints that can beat a defender one-one-one. If defenders give him...

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Statistics Scout Quotes A dynamic offensive defenceman that can carry plays with the puck on his stick. A highly mobile and nimble skater that moves with fluidity, balance, and confidence. Utilizes an active stick and creates turnovers frequently. Could be more proactive in his own end, but has shown progression in understanding lanes and reading unfolding plays; most of his…...

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Statistics Scout Quotes Big-bodied offensive defenseman with excellent passing skills who can orchestrate a power play as good as any blueliner from any of the last several NHL drafts. Bouchard immediately became the leader of not just London’s defense corps, but of the entire team after the Knights traded away most of their bigger names at the OHL’s trade deadline....

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Statistics Scout Quotes Dobson plays a strong defensive game, with good positioning and gap control. His strong skating allows him to keep attackers in front of him and force them to the outside. He keeps himself between the puck and the net, and uses a long and active stick to cut down passing lanes. Dobson is not afraid to put...

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Statistics Scout Quotes Farabee has good hands and stick skills allowing him to control the puck while moving at top speed. Defenders must respect his speed, and so they back off him on the rush, creating shooting and passing lanes. Farabee has good vision and is an outstanding playmaker off the wing. He anticipates extremely well and seems to be...

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Statistics Scout Quotes Foudy has games where he is dominant. He can be dangerous on every shift, and look like the best player on the ice. He also has games where he is near invisible and does not create much. These seemed to be fewer in the latter half of the year. However, still could work on being more consistent...

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