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[Elite_video_player id=”8″] Today’s look at our top 25 Avalanche under 25 hits on number 15, forward Julien Nantel. Given his draft status, role on his junior team, and NHL upside, it’s a testament to how easy he is to like that our seven ballots gave him an average ranking of 16.2. His highest ranking was 11th, by one voter, and...

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We get back to work with the continuation of our 2016 edition of the top 25 Colorado Avalanche under 25. After polling seven of our Avalanche writers, the results showed that number 19 on our list is none other than University of Denver star defenseman and captain Will Butcher. Of the seven ballots submitted, Butcher’s average ranking came in at...

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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. At...

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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, Duchene...

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Ryan O’Reilly. That hockey player Avalanche Nation learns to hate every off-season, and learns to love every regular season. The bearded guy known as Factor comes in at number four on our ‘Top 25 Under 25’ list, with an interesting spread among the six BSN Avalanche writers. A pair of writers rated O’Reilly third, another pair fourth, and a final pair...

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At #5 in our Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 is Tyson Barrie, beating out fellow defenseman Chris Bigras at #6, as well as goaltender Calvin Pickard at #7 and forward Joey Hishon at #8. Who is Tyson Barrie? When Barrie was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, expectations were tempered. Taken in the round before...

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Coming in at #6 on our Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 countdown is defenseman and top prospect Chris Bigras.  Bigras edges out #7 Calvin Pickard, #8 Joey Hishon, and #9 Stefan Elliott to take the title of best Avalanche prospect not regularly playing in the NHL. Our BSN Avalanche writers unanimously ranked Chris Bigras 6th overall for Avalanche players under 25 years...

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Calvin Pickard occupies a unique space among the bottom third of our Top 25 Players Under 25. Other than perhaps Dennis Everberg, nobody else in the Top 10 managed to fly quite so far beneath the public’s radar. Pickard was drafted 49th overall in the 2010 NHL draft, but even after he was signed to a three-year deal with the...

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Ask any Colorado Avalanche fan about Joey Hishon, and they will immediately tell you they have a soft spot in their heart for him. His charismatic persona and unwavering resilience, when faced with a darkness and hurdle that no athlete ever hopes to face, has made him a fan favorite in Denver. At 5’10” and 170 pounds, Hishon isn’t the...

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The ‘Top 25 Avalanche Under 25’ breaks into the to single digits today but before we get to today’s entry, be sure to read up on #10 Dennis Everberg, #11 Duncan Siemens, and #12 Conner Bleackley! Today we check in at #9 with polarizing defenseman Stefan Elliott. Elliott clocked in with an average rating of 9.7, ranging from 9 (on...

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As we approach the top 10 of the Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 series, don’t forget to read previous installments on #12 Conner Bleackley, #13 Freddie Hamilton, and #14 Andrew Agozzino. Today’s focus is on #11, Duncan Siemens. The lawn-guarding defenseman averaged a 10.7 ranking with five of the BSN Avalanche writers ranking him 11th and one ranking him 9th....

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As we approach single digits, we move into players who have established themselves as professional hockey players, save two. One of the two prospects ranking this high is Conner Bleackley, coming in at #12. Bleackley was the first round pick of the Avalanche in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Touted as a strong two-way center who possessed size, speed, and skill,...

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