When the Avalanche originally signed Val Nichushkin after Dallas officially gave up on him and bought him out, I went back and watched the video of his draft day to see what impressions were back when he was still considered a high-end prospect. Just listen to this conversation. It’s almost spooky how on the nose it ended up being. We…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast. Follow AJ on Twitter - @returnofaj