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: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen (#96) turned in a strong month of November after being sent down to San Antonio by the Avalanche (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Mikko Rantanen turned 19 on Oct. 29th. Instead of spending his birthday in the NHL, however, he was gearing up for a California road trip in the AHL. The first round pick began the 2015-16 season with the Colorado Avalanche but, after going pointless through six games, was sent down to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Read more»
Photo: Colton Parayko is an early Calder candidate after outpacing his production in the AHL last season during his first 18 games in the NHL. (Courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Welcome to the October edition of On the Rush, the first of 2015-16. For first-time readers, this is a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations, or falling a little behind. Read more»
Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Andrew Agozzino (#28) is off to a good start offensively in 2015-16 with 16 points in nine AHL games (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Pacific Division was always going to be the American Hockey League’s most polarizing division.
With five teams playing 68 games and the other two playing 76, points percentage was handmade for this grouping. And with the California teams avoiding all of the dreaded three-in-threes? The Pacific Division is ripe with storylines created by the AHL’s western migration. Read more»
Photo: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through 15 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)
In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, goaltenders from the NHL, AHL, and junior hockey take over to make a week’s worth of highlight-reel saves. King Henrik stood tall on home ice in New York before making news off it, and fellow NHL netminders Reto Berra and Jake Allen kept pace right behind him. Plenty more saves, a fight between players who are now teammates, and a light-hearted, behind-the-scenes look at life as a goaltender are all included. Read more»