Photo: Top Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen has over 100 professional games on his resume already (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Defense wins championships and that is what Patrick Roy returned to Denver to accomplish. Despite his team taking a step back in his sophomore season behind an NHL bench, Roy is confident the lessons learned will only help the team going forward. In addition to his role as head coach, Roy holds a second title as Vice President of Hockey Operations, giving him a voice in all player personnel decisions. The new philosophy as to how the team will be constructed both now and in the future is trending towards an emphasis on size, character, and skills. Roy has also shown he is open to drafting and signing free agents from Europe’s top leagues, something that occurred less frequently in the years prior to his return.
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: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (San Jose Sharks) and Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Jakub Zboril (Boston Bruins) were the top two selections from the QMJHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The QMJHL returned to being a most popular league amongst NHL scouts and executives this season, and that was proven at the 2015 NHL Draft. In total, 30 of the 211 picks at the draft were players who spent last season in the QMJHL, up from just 17 in the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more»