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Fansided: Colorado Avalanche: 2019 NHL Mock Draft First Round
The Colorado Avalanche have a good draft selection ahead of them. They have two first-round picks, numbers 4 and 16. The #4 pick was part of the Matt Duchene trade, so it comes from Ottawa. As you know, the Senators finished dead last in the NHL, but we lost the Draft Lottery again.
Anyway, for a team that went all the way to Game 7 of the second round, a #4 pick isn't too shabby. And, of course, we still have our own selection at #16.
The 2019 NHL Draft class is a little weird. Or, maybe it's the normal story in that we see the top two picks vying for the #1 position following by, say, 12 forwards who could feasibly go in the top 10, another 15 or so who could go in the next 10 positions, and so on.
Denver Post: Chambers: Former Avalanche, DU Pioneer and CC Tiger hoist the Stanley Cup
From my perspective as a Colorado native, it was nice to see Ryan O'Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Jaden Schwartz hoist the Stanley Cup on Wednesday at TD Garden in Boston.
The St. Louis Blues' trio each spent significant time in the Centennial State as youngsters, and I was fortunate to work with them and follow their development. O'Reilly joined the Avalanche at age 18 in 2009, and Schwartz was also 18 when he began his freshman season at Colorado College in 2010. Bozak, the late-bloomer of all late-bloomers, was 21 when he joined the University of Denver in 2007.
Mile High Hockey: SBNation 2019 NHL Mock Draft: We have another trade
With only two picks left in the 2019 SBNation Mock NHL Draft, we at Mile High Hockey have decided to move back into the end of the first round. The Colorado Avalanche have traded for the 30th pick:
To COL: 30th overall
To BOS: 47th overall + 49th overall (From NYR)
Earlier in the draft we acquired the 49th overall pick as a part of a trade that saw us moving down from 16 to 20.
Having already selected Kirby Dach (4th) and Cam York (20th), we will now be selecting at 30th overall later today.
Denver Post: Analysis: Pavel Francouz appears to be the Avalanche's No. 2 goalie, but ...
Pavel Francouz, an American Hockey League all-star with the Colorado Eagles last season, will begin his second year in North America with a new $950,000 one-year, fully guaranteed contract that suggests he will serve as Philipp Grubauer's backup when the Avalanche begins its 24th NHL season in October.
But the situation is otherwise ambiguous.
Francouz, despite being 29 years old, has played in just two career NHL games -- both this past season with the Avs when Grubauer and former No. 1 Semyon Varlamov weren't available. Colorado signed the Czech Republic-born Francouz out of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League for a modest $690,000 guaranteed salary May 2, 2018, and so far, the undrafted, undersized (6-foot) and unusual right-catching goalie has been a good find.
Fansided: Colorado Avalanche: Important 2019 Offseason Dates to Mark
The Colorado Avalanche concluded their 2018-19 season on May 8 when they fell to the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the second round. Hey, it keeps getting better and better for Avs Nation. We're even enjoying 10:1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup next season:
Early odds for next season's #StanleyCup Champions...
-- NBCSN (@NBCSN) June 13, 2019
Not too shabby, eh?
Well, with the awarding of the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, we're all officially in the offseason.
Fansided: Colorado Avalanche: Moritz Seider Brings Physicality and Mobility
If the Colorado Avalanche decide they want to add some physicality to their game they could do worse than German defenseman Moritz Seider. Seider is the only German player predicted to get picked in the first round of the upcoming draft but after an impressive performance at the Pyeongchang Olypmics last year it's clear that German hockey is on the rise.
The Colorado Avalanche have two picks in the first round:
#4 (from Ottawa)
#62 (also from Ottawa)
Seider likely isn't a player they're going to select with their 4th pick, he could be under consideration for their 16th.
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Fansided: Colorado Avalanche: Matthew Boldy Displays Arsenal of Tricks
The Colorado Avalanche have a lot of great options to augment their prospect pool during the 2019 NHL Draft. In total, the team has eight picks, two of them in the first round.
Here's the entire list of the Colorado Avalanche's picks:
#4 (from Ottawa)
#62 (also from Ottawa)
Colorado has a lot to consider concerning those selections, both in terms of best player available and future needs of the team.
Well, one of the players the Avs might be considering for one of their top three picks -- more likely #16 -- is Matthew Boldy.
Denver Post: Avalanche eyeing defenseman Bowen Byram with No. 4 pick?
Despite its exciting young group of explosive offensive-minded defensemen and a need of an elite second-line center, the Avalanche might select the best defenseman available with its No. 4 pick in the first round of the June 21 NHL draft.
In his annual pre-draft conference call Thursday, Avs director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple hinted that defenseman Bowen Byram will be difficult to pass on if he's not selected by Chicago at No. 3. The top two picks will likely be Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, according to all draft projections.
Byram, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound Canadian for major-junior's Vancouver Giants, turned 18 Thursday.
Fansided: Colorado Avalanche: Reaction to the Preseason Schedule
The Colorado Avalanche have announced their 2019-20 preseason schedule before the champagne is even dry in the Stanley Cup.
Here are the dates:
September 17: Vegas at Colorado
September 19: Dallas at Colorado
September 21: Colorado at Minnesota
September 22: Minnesota at Colorado
September 25: Colorado at Vegas
September 28: Colorado at Dallas
I'll do a quick reaction to each game.
Vegas at Colorado: This game will probably be mostly prospects. This game will be their first real chance to shine in an at least semi-NHL setting.
Dallas at Colorado: More of the same.
Mile High Hockey: Mikko Rantanen played with a broken foot in Game 7 vs San Jose Sharks
The 2019 playoff run was a war for the Colorado Avalanche and none of the top players were playing completely healthy. Gabriel Landeskog came back early from his injury that kept him out of the back end of the season. Nathan MacKinnon busted his shoulder in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks. And today we learned that Mikko Rantanen fractured his right foot in Game 6 and fought through the pain to play in Game 7.
A whole month after the final game of the series was played, we heard a rumor from a Finnish sports reporter (Jouni Nieminen) that the Avalanche were hiding the foot injury.
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