Photo: Avalanche prospect and Baie-Comeau blueliner Nicolas Meloche plays a hard-nosed but skilled style, making him a valuable part of a versatile and underrated defensive group in the Colorado pipeline (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
Out of the Colorado Avalanche’s nine prospects playing junior hockey, five play in the QMJHL and all were drafted in the last two years.
For the first time in team history, the Avalanche left an entry draft without selecting any players from the WHL or OHL. Head coach Patrick Roy’s emphasis on targeting players from Europe and Quebec is a complete reversal from the previous regime’s preference and is just one of many philosophical differences in how he wants to run the organization with General Manager Joe Sakic.
Photo: Although Brandon Gormley has not put up many points early in his pro career, his skills could help the Colorado Avalanche improve puck possession (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The San Antonio Rampage coaching staff entered the 2015-16 hockey season under a lot of pressure. Not only are they tasked with the development of the top Avalanche prospects but they must win over fans that saw their hockey team win its first-ever division championship then leave for Portland, Maine. Read more»
Photo: Linkoping defenseman Gabriel Carlsson was one of two defenders chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Sweden once again proved to be the hottest European commodity at the NHL Draft. This is a trend that began in 2011, when Sweden saw an outstanding and record-setting 28 players taken, eight more than the year before. In 2012, another 22 were selected. In 2013, that number increased slightly, seeing another 25 Swedes taken. Then it 2014, it became 31, 28 of whom were Swedish-born. Read more»
Photo: Left to right, the newest Colorado Avalanche prospects A.J. Greer (39th overall), Mikko Rantanen (10th overall), and Nicolas Meloche (40th overall) pose with team legends Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy at their introductory press conference in Denver (courtesy of AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
The 2015 NHL Draft was an exciting weekend for Colorado Avalanche fans as they finally saw an ending to the Ryan O’Reilly saga. To top things off, the franchise walked out of the draft with a plethora of young talents to boost the strength of their prospect pool. Read more»
Photo: HC Kosice forward Radovan Bondra was a fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, and was also the eighth selection overall of the 2015 CHL Import Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
For junior hockey enthusiasts, has there been a better month of hockey? The Stanley Cup was awarded to the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 NHL Draft lived up to expectations, free agency is looming and the 2015 CHL Import Draft capped off a busy month of June. Read more»