Avalanche Prospect Watch: Introducing the Prospect Cohort Success Model

Note: Both the structure and content of this article were directly inspired by the work of Josh Weissbock and Money Puck, who were in turn aided by contributors such as Rhys Jessop and Garret Hohl. Much thanks to them for graciously allowing me to make use of both their previous work and the PCS model that they’ve built. I’ve linked to their work under the “Prospect Cohort...
Via BSN Denver
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Colorado Avalanche is on the wrong side of the age equation

Not much has gone right for the Colorado Avalanche this season. Patrick Roy’s squad has experienced ugly loss after ugly loss. And the problems aren’t few and far between; there are plenty of problems with Colorado’s play. Goaltending has been a problem. Scoring has been a problem. Defense has been a problem. There is good news though; those are all things that can be fixed...
Via Mile High Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche roster moves turn up pressure on remaining roster battles

  The Colorado Avalanche made their latest round of roster reductions today, sending seven players to their next destinations. Andrew Aggozino, Chris Bigras, Joey Hishon, Andreas Martinsen, Maxim Noreau, and Calvin Pickard were all re-assigned to San Antonio of the American Hockey League (AHL). Conner Bleackley was sent to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey...
Via BSN Denver
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Rookie Camp Day 3 Recap with Interview

  The Colorado Avalanche concluded their Rookie Camp with a physical, high energy day three.  To conclude camp, the Avalanche put players through a series of game-situation drills including 5-on-5, 4-on-4, and 3-on-3 scrimmages.  Now – The Good, The Bad, and The Mixed Bag. The Good Chris Bigras Chris Bigras has always been at his best through the neutral zone and on a day...
Via BSN Denver
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Rookie Camp Day One Review

  Pucks were dropped, ice was sliced, sticks were tapped and FINALLY hockey was back in Denver. The return of the coolest sport on Earth came in the form of a 27-player Rookie Camp, featuring prospects of the highest pedigree and some who could be making their final appearances in Avalanche sweaters. Today was the first of three days of on-ice activities for the “rookies”. Before...
Via BSN Denver
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Where you’ll find the top Avs prospects this season

With the 2015-16 NHL season just over two months away, it’s time to start lacing up those skates and preparing for another 82-game season that will hopefully extend into the postseason for the Colorado Avalanche. Before the NHL season starts, is reviewing all 30 teams in the league and identifying their top five prospects. Here, we offer our take on the five they’ve...
Via Mile High Sports
August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Development Camp Day 3 Recap

  Just as promised by Tracy Tutton in her interview yesterday, the third day of Avs prospect camp focused on stopping, starting, crossovers, and explosive first steps.  By this point, it was pretty easy to peg who was going to have a good day and who was about to be absolutely miserable before the drills even began. Without a doubt, there was a ton of growth in the players over...
Via BSN Denver
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Many positives as Avs development camp closes out

As the 2015 Avalanche development camp comes to a close a couple of prospects have stolen the show. It’s no surprise that this year’s No. 10 overall draft pick was at the top of the Grey Team, even possibly on top of all three teams. Mikko Rantanen was very impressive on day one with his staking skills. He showed very strong straightaway speed but what stood out more was his...
Via Mile High Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Development Camp Day 2 Recap

  Welcome to the Day 2 recap of prospect camp, also known as Mohawk Day! No, the prospects didn’t get fun new haircuts (unfortunately). A mohawk in hockey is a move that involves turning one’s feet so that the heels are both facing in and the toes are both facing out. When done correctly, the feet line up Mary Poppins style and the player can either glide sideways or gently...
Via BSN Denver
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Prospect Camp: Day 1

  It takes a certain breed of person to willingly perch on the metal bleachers of the Family Sports Center at 8AM on a Tuesday to squint through fogged over glass just to watch a bunch of 17- to 25-year-old hockey players practice, but Avs Prospect Camp Day 1 saw a decent turn out.  This was the first year the on-ice portion of the camp was open to the public, and at least 50...
Via BSN Denver
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Top 10 Prospects

  With the NHL Entry Draft completed this past weekend, there’s been an infusion of youth and talent into the Colorado Avalanche organization. The trade of Ryan O’Reilly to the Buffalo Sabres also helped the Avalanche remake their prospect pool, previously one of the NHL’s weakest, in the span of just two days. The BSN Avalanche staff got together and voted on the order of...
Via BSN Denver
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Rasmus Andersson

  Get to Know Rasmus Andersson Date of Birth: 10/27/1996 Place of Birth: Malmo, SWE Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 212 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman Team: Barrie Colts (OHL) Rasmus Andersson came over from Sweden last summer in the CHL Import Draft with decent expectations. What the Barrie Colts got, however, was so much more than they expected. Playing on the 5th-highest scoring OHL...
Via BSN Denver
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Brendan Guhle

  Get to know Brendan Guhle Date of Birth: 7/29/1997 Place of Birth: Sherwood Park, AB, CAN Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 184 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Prince Albert Raiders The WHL has become known for being a defensive-minded league, and producing its fair share of NHL blue-liners. Brendan Guhle appears to be on that path, utilizing strong skating and poise on the ice...
Via BSN Denver
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Andrew Nielsen

  Get to know Andrew Nielsen Date of Birth: 11/13/1996 Place of Birth: Red Deer, AB, CAN Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 207 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes Andrew Nielsen is a Canadian defenseman who currently anchors the Lethbridge Hurricanes blue-line in the WHL. Coupling great size with decent skating and puck moving skills, Nielsen has the foundation...
Via BSN Denver
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Dennis Gilbert

  Get to Know Dennis Gilbert: Date of Birth: 10/30/1996 Place of Birth: Williamsville, NY, USA Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 194 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Chicago Steel (USHL) Dennis Gilbert grew up outside of Buffalo, NY and quietly has turned himself into an intriguing draft prospect as he rose the ranks. Starting in high school when he played for his father at St. Joe’s,...
Via BSN Denver
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #5 Tyson Barrie

  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 him was another defenseman of Barrie’s same ilk:...
Via BSN Denver
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #6 Chris Bigras

  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 old. Who is Chris...
Via BSN Denver
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Ryan Pilon

  Get to Know Ryan Pilon Date of Birth: October 10, 1996 (18) Place of Birth: Duck Lake, Saskatchewan Ht: 6’2” Wt: 206 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Brandon Wheat Kings The Brandon Wheat Kings made their way to the top of the WHL and into the final round of the WHL playoffs thanks in large part to the impressive defensive pairing of Ivan Provorov, who we profiled...
Via BSN Denver
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs’ prospect Bigras named first team OHL All-Star

Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras was among six players selected as first team Ontario Hockey League All-Stars on Wednesday. The offensive defenseman torched the OHL to the tune of 20 goals and 51 assists for 71 points in 62 games with the Owen Sound Attack last season. He added three points in five postseason games. 1st Team #OHL All-Stars: McDavid, Domi, Marner, DeAngelo...
Via Mile High Sports
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

  Get to Know Ivan Provorov Date of Birth: January 13, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Yaroslavl, Russia Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 201 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Brandon Wheat Kings Ivan Provorov has been unwavering in his climb to the top of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The dynamic young blue-liner left Russia to pursue a future in North American hockey at age 14 and so far, he...
Via BSN Denver
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Bigras Among Five Initial Cuts by Team Canada

Hockey Canada has made its first group of cuts on Sunday, with returning defenseman Chris Bigras being potentially the biggest surprise out of all. Bigras, a prospect with the Colorado Avalanche, was a member of the fourth place Canadian World Junior team. It’s uncharacteristic for Canada to make such a decision for a returning player, but following a sub-par performance during...
Via The Hockey House
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Team Canada Preliminary World Junior Roster

Hockey Canada announced the 29 players that will compete for a roster spot at the World Junior Selection Camp from  Dec. 11-15. Seven players,  Chris Bigras, Zachary Fucale, Frédérik Gauthier, Connor McDavid, Josh Morrissey, Nic Petan and Sam Reinhart, represented Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmö, Sweden. Canada, which finished fourth last year after a...
Via The Hockey House
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs have plenty of “bubble” players

With training camp getting under way next week, here is a look at the Colorado Avalanche prospects most likely to make the team or be called up into NHL action at some point during the 2014-15 season. These players have the opportunity to force Avalanche management to make a tough decision and keep them on the opening night roster by having an extraordinary training camp and preseason...
Via Mile High Sports
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Chris Bigras talks from Avs camp

Colorado Avalanche development camp is underway and all of the young players you can imagine are in town to meet with their proud club. While there are no on-ice activities scheduled, the prospective skaters are still getting the professional hockey player treatment. Avalanche defenseman-in-waiting Chris Bigras managed to take some time in between workout sessions, nutrition lessons...
Via Mile High Sports
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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