Photo: University of Minnesota backstop Adam Wilcox, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, and the Gophers hold the top spot in the Big Ten going into the final weeks of the NCAA regular season (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)
Welcome to the February 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Colorado’s first overall pick in 2013, Nathan MacKinnon has scored 20 points with a plus-10 rating in 19 games since the start of 2014 (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The Colorado Avalanche entered the Olympic break with a 37-16-5 record, which places them third in the Central Division behind the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues.
Photo: Drafted third overall in 2009, Avalanche center Matt Duchene has developed into one of the most electric offensive players in the NHL (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)
It is safe to say that the 2008-09 season was a season Colorado Avalanche fans would much rather forget. Not only did their 32-45-5 record leave them in last place in the Western Conference, but 27th overall in the NHL as well.
Photo: Goaltender Calvin Pickard has been the primary starter for Lake Erie in 2013-14, earning a 7-7-2 record thus far (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
Every Avalanche prospect playing professionally are currently in Cleveland playing for the Lake Erie Monsters with the exception of goaltenders Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson who are in Denver playing for the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League.
Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras had a good showing at the Avalanche training camp before returning to the OHL for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
There was no lack of effort on the part of Team OHL in the first of their pair of games against Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series. But Russia converted on most of their best chances, sending the OHL to a 5-2 defeat at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, ON.