Ten Players To Watch This Season

from the CP at The Hockey News, The 2014-15 NHL season opens Oct. 8. Here are 10 players fans should keep an eye on: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens Subban starts a US$72-million, eight-year contract hoping nothing changes in the way teammates and coach Michel Therrien looks at him. But that price tag comes with lofty expectations, whether or not the 2013 Norris Trophy...
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Five Avs that should be All-Stars this season

NHL hockey fans have been deprived of an All-Star Game for the past two seasons. Last year, it was due to the Winter Olympics and the year before was a result of the NHL lockout. It will return this season, as the NHL will host the All-Star Game on Jan. 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Meanwhile, the Avalanche’s young talent is blossoming into legitimate NHL stars. Here are the five...
Via Mile High Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Breakout NHL Fantasy Players

from Pete Jensen of, Targeting breakout candidates in your fantasy draft can go a long way in building a championship-caliber roster. Here are five players I believe will take the jump from household name to superstar in 2014-15. Matt Cubeta's five breakout candidates can be found here. 1. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, Colorado Avalanche Thanks to a monster second...
Via Kukla's Korner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

10 predictions for the 2014-15 Avalanche season

The Colorado Avalanche hosted their annual Burgundy/White Game yesterday at DU’s Magness Arena. As hockey fans anxiously await the start of the NHL season, here are 10 predictions for what’s in store for the 2014-15 Avalanche. 1. Nathan MacKinnon will lead the Avalanche in points. As a rookie last season, MacKinnon scored 24 goals and 63 points while playing in all 82 games....
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Avalanche Players Learning From Patrick Roy

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, “Yeah, it was different (than he’d expected),” rookie of the year Nathan MacKinnon acknowledged. “I didn’t realize how smart he’d be. I know he was passionate, very competitive, but he understands the game so well. Everything he does there’s a reason behind it,” MacKinnon told “He doesn’t just bark at guys. He’s...
Via Kukla's Korner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MacKinnon needs to choose his shots better

Every season we tune in to endless streams of scouting, draft and prospect coverage and hype, gleefully anticipating the “next one”. The NHL and the surrounding media attention builds up teens into idols before they skate in an NHL game. All of this despite the fact that projecting prospect development is an amazingly challenging task. The most recent rendition of the “Next...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 Colorado Avalanche Preview: Nathan MacKinnon Ready To Join NHL’s Elite

The Colorado Avalanche were predicted by many to finish near the bottom of the Western Conference standings last season after ending the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign with the NHL’s second-worst record. The team stunned everyone and surged to a 52-22-8 record to win the Central Division over the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks and a No. 2 seed in the 2014 Western Conference...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

What to expect of Nathan MacKinnon in year two

Nathan MacKinnon has the whole world in his hand. He had a pretty good year, one might say. He was the first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, joining a Colorado Avalanche outfit stocked with young talent and starting over with legends Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic running the show. MacKinnon also managed to bring […] The post What to expect of Nathan MacKinnon in year two appeared first on Two Pad Stack.
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Colorado Avalanche preview: Nathan MacKinnon

Will the young core of the Avalanche mature enough to make this team a long-term contender? See ya later, Pauly Walnuts (Paul Stastny). Au revoir, PA Parenteau. Welcome to the club, Jarome Iginla, Brad Stuart and Daniel Briere. Thanks for agreeing to stick around, Ryan O’Reilly and Tyson Barrie. Now that introductions are over, it’s time to get down to the reason all these guys...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL rule changes will affect the Avs

The NHL announced 10 rule changes that they will implement for the upcoming season on Thursday via Most are minor changes, but here are the new rules that will have the biggest impact on the Colorado Avalanche in the upcoming season and why. “Rule 57 – Tripping The rule relating to “Tripping” will be revised to specifically provide that a two minute minor penalty...
Via Mile High Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Avs players make top 50 in NHL 15

Video game releases of professional sports have almost become as anticipated as the start of the actual seasons. Each year, the amount of hype that surrounds the release of the newest installment of Madden surpasses that of the year before. With the rise of the Colorado Avalanche, hockey fans in the state now have another reason to look forward to the latest edition of EA Sports...
Via Mile High Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Avs’ MacKinnon finds new home

Part of any successful young player’s transition to the NHL is having veterans around to help with the adjustment. Many of the game’s young stars have lived with older players their first few years in the league to help adjust to life off the ice. Sidney Crosby lived with Penguins legend, and part owner, Mario Lemieux for many years. In Philadelphia Sean Couturier lived with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Look out: MacKinnon described as stronger, more explosive

Unlike many other rookies, Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon seemed physically ready for the big-time in 2013-14. At minimum, he boasted top-of-the-line speed, something that Patrick Roy raved about before he played a single shift. Considering how strong a finish MacKinnon enjoyed last season, opponents probably crossed their fingers for a so-called “sophomore slump...
Via Pro Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarome Iginla "thrilled" on idea to play with Avs Landeskog, MacKinnon

In his first public comments since moving to Colorado following his July 1 free-agent signing with the Avalanche, Jarome Iginla's eyes brightened Thursday when asked about playing right wing on a line with two of the last three Calder Trophy winners. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog was named the NHL's rookie of the year in 2012 and center Nathan MacKinnon won the award in June...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Drouin grew by spending extra season in juniors

The 2012-13 QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads were a superb team with top prospects Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon leading the charge. They were taken with the third and first overall picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft respectably and that’s where their careers began down different paths. MacKinnon earned a spot with the Colorado Avalanche and won the Calder Trophy while the Tampa...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche trade PA Parenteau to Canadiens for Daniel Briere

The Colorado Avalanche traded forward PA Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Daniel Briere on Monday., reports  Briere waived his no-move clause in order for the trade to be completed. Parenteau, 31, had 32 goals and 76 points in 103 games over two seasons in Colorado.  In 55 games last season...
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June 30, 2014  |  1 Comment

Crosby takes home second Hart, MacKinnon named NHL’s top rookie at Awards Show

Getty Images Last night the stars of the NHL gathered at the Encore Theatre at the Wynn in Las Vegas for the annual NHL Awards Show where the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins combined for six trophy wins, including Tuukka Rask’s first Vezina.   Here’s a list of winners from the 2014 NHL Awards Show: Getty Images   Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby earned his second Hart Trophy...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche earn 3 of possible 4 awards: Video

The Colorado Avalanche stole the show once again, for one final time in the 2013-2014 season. This time, the Avs were represented at the NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. A few months ago, when the Avalanche had four members announced as finalists for the awards, I projected out the likelihood that they would win their respective awards. You can read that article here. PATRICK...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon named NHL's top rookie by landslide

Nathan MacKinnon deserved the Calder Trophy, and the 2014 NHL Awards show gave him sweet justice. The Colorado Avalanche rookie scored 10 points in seven playoff games, and that part wasn't even considered in the voting. The 18-year-old absolutely dominated the voting, crushing Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning with 130 of the 137 first-place votes. Inexplicably...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon named rookie of the year

LAS VEGAS—Colorado Avalanche rookie sensation and future superstar Nathan MacKinnon added more acclaim to his growing legacy on Tuesday night when the 18-year-old won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year during the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. “It’s been a whirlwind for sure. Like I said recently, I had some of the best memories of my life in Halifax, winning the...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Statsny’s agent: “nothing imminent” on new deal with Avalanche

Paul Statsny’s agent Matt Keator mentioned on Adrian Dater’s podcast that there is “nothing imminent” on a new deal with the Avalanche. It appears likely that Statsny will hit free agency in July. The Avalanche have an abundance of young centers and he would be a luxury that would be tough to afford under the salary cap in future years when Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O’Reilly...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche youth make noise in Belarus

At the end of every NHL season, a great deal of players head overseas to represent their countries in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. After the Minnesota Wild eliminated them from the playoffs, Colorado Avalanche players were free to join their respective countries in Belarus. Four players from the Avalanche organization competed in this year’s tournament...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Spotlight: Nathan MacKinnon

As this is being written, the Colorado Avalanche players are packing up and heading home for the off-season. They will recover from a hard-fought first round battle against the Minnesota Wild which went all the way to seven games before the home crowd at the Pepsi Center saw their team fall 5-4 in overtime; a fitting end to a thriller of a series. Many players on both sides showcased...
Via The Sideline
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Perron (hip) won’t play for Canada in Worlds

Those looking for ways to connect Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon with fellow Nova Scotia-native Sidney Crosby got more fuel today. At the age of 18, MacKinnon has been added to Team Canada’s roster for the World Championship, just like Crosby was in 2006, per the Canadian Press. MacKinnon had two goals and 10 points in seven playoff games, but it wasn’t enough to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon joins Canada for world championship

Like Sidney Crosby in 2006, Nathan MacKinnon will get a taste of Team Canada at the world championships at the age of 18. MacKinnon was one of three players added to Canada’s worlds roster Sunday, along with Brayden Schenn and Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Colorado Avalanche rookie and 2013 No. 1 pick had two goals and eight assists in his first career Stanley Cup...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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