Photo: Damon Severson had 12 points in 32 games before being sidelined with an ankle injury. (Image courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Unless the New Jersey Devils go on a miracle run, the club will miss the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Change is imminent as the oldest team in the NHL will need to replace departing veterans with younger players. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Jon Merrill has dealt with injuries and inconsistencies in his sophomore NHL season. In 31 games, Merrill has two goals, seven assists, and a minus-10 rating. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
It has not been a good season for the New Jersey Devils, as the team has fallen out of playoff contention and appears to be in transition. While the season may soon be lost, the team’s mindset now shifts to see the growth and development of their talented, young defensemen. There have been some growing pains along the way, along with some surprises earlier in the year, but the organization is giving the young players the responsibility, ice time, and patience needed to grow and become NHL players.
Photo: The Avalanche drafted heavily out of the CHL in 2013, including the imposing Mason Geertsen, currently patrolling the Vancouver Giants blue line (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
While the majority of the Colorado Avalanche prospects are playing professional hockey for the Lake Erie Monsters or Denver Cutthroats, recently drafted players have been sent back to their junior teams in the CHL.
Photo: Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Spencer Martin was Colorado’s third round pick in 2013, adding to an already strong group of prospects in net for the Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Colorado Avalanche are off to a hot start this season and youngsters like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon are big reasons for their early success. What all three have in common is that they were able to jump immediately from the junior ranks to the NHL after being drafted.
Photo: Defenseman Tyson Barrie, who has skated in 20 NHL games with the Avalanche in 2012-13, moved into the top spot in Colorado’s mid-season Top 20 (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
The Colorado Avalanche are in a very unique position for their franchise. They have a bevy of young talent in their organization – if you look at their roster, the team does not have many players over the age of 28 playing in the NHL this season. The problem for Colorado is, the bulk of that young talent is already on their NHL roster, leaving the cupboard a bit bare behind them.