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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
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Jeremy Roy

  Get to Know Jérémy Roy Date of Birth: 5-14-97 Place of Birth: Longueuil, QC, CAN Ht: 6’0” Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defense Team: Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) Jérémy Roy turned 18 12 days ago, yet he still led all defensemen on the Sherbrooke Phoenix this season in points with 43 (5g,38a) playing in only 46 games. During the playoffs, he maintained that scoring...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago  |  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
1 day ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Head Coach Dean Chynoweth speaks out about new AHL affiliation

  The Avalanche parted ways with the Lake Erie Monsters this summer, taking on a new AHL affiliate in the San Antonio Rampage. When affiliations change like this, it’s natural to wonder what happens to the team personnel. In short, those who are part of the Avalanche organization (i.e., coaches, draft picks, free agents contracted with the Avs) are headed to Texas to become the...
Via BSN Denver
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #7 Calvin Pickard

  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 Avalanche, he returned to the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds...
Via BSN Denver
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #8 Joey Hishon

  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 biggest guy on the ice, but he plays...
Via BSN Denver
5 days ago  |  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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #9 Stefan Elliott

  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 3 ballots) to 11 across the 6 BSN Avalanche...
Via BSN Denver
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #10 Dennis Everberg

  At long last we count down the top 10 of the Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 series.  If you missed them earlier in the week, be sure to check out the players who just missed out on a top 10 spot: #11 Duncan Siemens, #12 Conner Bleackley, and #13 Freddie Hamilton. Today the big “Swedish Bull” Dennis Everberg goes under the microscope at #10 overall. The big rookie winger averaged...
Via BSN Denver
7 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: MacKinnons enjoy World Championships

The IIHF World Championships in Prague were a family affair for Nathan MacKinnon. Check out the picture he posted on Instagram following Team Canada’s gold medal-clinching win over Team Russia. Family and trophies are always good things. Prague is nice too, and this should help the young phenom get his mind off a disappointing season.
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Avs hire assistant GM, part ways with two coaches

The Colorado Avalanche had an unexpectedly eventful mid-May Monday for a non-playoff team. The club hired a new assistant general manager in Chris MacFarland. They also decided to part ways with two of their assistant coaches – Andre Tourigny and Mario Duhamel, as reported by Mike Chambers of the Denver Post. Current assistant GMs Craig Billington and Greg Sherman will remain...
Via Mile High Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #11 Duncan Siemens

  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. Fitting that Siemens...
Via BSN Denver
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Assistant Coaches Tourigny and Duhamel Leave Avalanche

  Just a few hours after Chris MacFarland was added to the Avalanche’s front office as an assistant general manager, the Avalanche were rocked by a pair changes behind the bench as assistant coaches Andre Tourigny and Mario Duhamel cut ties with the team. Louis Jean at TVA Sports was the first to report the coaching change for the Avalanche: Two members of @Avalanche head...
Via BSN Denver
8 days ago  |  Discuss

New Senators Assistant Coach? André Tourigny Quits the Avalanche

DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Assistant coach Andre Tourigny and head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche talk as they face the Los Angeles Kings during their preseason game at the Pepsi Center on September 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) According to a report out of Colorado, Avalanche...
Via The 6th Sens
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Hire Chris MacFarland as Assistant GM

This afternoon the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland was leaving the Blue Jackets organization in order to take on the same Assistant GM role with the Colorado Avalanche. MacFarland spent 16 years with the Blue Jackets organization and was eventually promoted to the role of Assistant GM in 2008. According to Aaron Portzline at the Columbus...
Via BSN Denver
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Avs, team Canada earn World Championship gold

Team Canada – anchored by four members of the Colorado Avalanche – displayed their dominance over the hockey world by destroying the competition at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic. Canada put the cherry on top of a perfect tournament with a 6-1 blowout win of Russia in the gold medal game on Sunday. The World Championship...
Via Mile High Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Roundtable: Is Lawson Crouse A Good Fit For Colorado?

Earlier today Andi Duroux profiled this year’s most interesting NHL Draft prospect, Lawson Crouse, and we wanted to expand on the discussion a bit so Andi, Cole Hamilton, and I sat down to discuss the possibility of the Avalanche selecting the burly forward 10th overall. Lawson Crouse is one of the most divisive draft prospects in years. His combination of skills and questionable...
Via BSN Denver
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #12 Conner Bleackley

  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, Bleackley was a solid...
Via BSN Denver
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Signs F Andreas Martinsen

The Colorado Avalanche have announced they have signed Forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year entry-level contract. The 24-year old forward has spent the last three seasons playing for Dusseldorfer of the DEL (Germany). Martinsen is 6’3″, 220 pounds and he scored 18 goals, 23 assists for 41 points in 50 games played and added 1 goal and 4 assists in 12 playoff games. The announcement...
Via BSN Denver
12 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Evgeni Svechnikov

  Get to Know Evgeni Svechnikov Date of Birth: 10/31/1996 Place of Birth: Neftegorsk, RUS Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Evgeni (Yevgeni) Svechnikov is a dynamic Russian forward who made the jump to North American hockey just prior to his 18th birthday last season. Despite the Avalanche’s presumed interest in a big...
Via BSN Denver
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #13 Freddie Hamilton

  Like his brother, Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton, Freddie Hamilton is also a product of the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs. Since he has already managed 29 NHL games, briefly cracking the lineups of both the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, he comes in at #13 on our list. Hamilton came to the Avalanche in a one-for-one trade, him to Denver and Karl Stollery to San Jose...
Via BSN Denver
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #14 Andrew Agozzino

  This week, we’ve taken a look at #15 Mason Geertsen, #16 Jordan Caron, and #17 Spencer Martin. Today we turn to a familiar face around Avalanche nation. #14 on our list is Andrew Agozzino, a crafty forward whose size belies his attitude. While only coming in at 5’10” and 187 pounds, Agozzino plays with an edge equal to that of guys much bigger than he. He’s even known...
Via BSN Denver
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon and the Sophomore Slump

The fabled “sophomore slump” is one of those media-driven narratives I mentioned in this post. It’s a storyline people believe instinctively, based on small sample sized anecdotal evidence. “Nathan MacKinnon regressed in his second year,” people say, “so ALL second year players probably struggle.” The reasons cited for the slump are many: increased expectations, more...
Via Puck Drunk Love
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon and the Sophomore Slump

The fabled “sophomore slump” is one of those media-driven narratives I mentioned in this post. It’s a storyline people believe instinctively, based on small sample sized anecdotal evidence. “Nathan MacKinnon regressed in his second year,” people say, “so ALL second year players probably struggle.” The reasons cited for the slump are many: increased expectations, more...
Via Bloguin Best
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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