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Great explanation of how the NHL will look at Cooke's history.

Who has the better young core, Oilers or Avs?


I feel like Bigras should be in there somewhere.

Off the Grid: Semyon Varlamov


Here's a rare positive take on Varly. It's good to see somebody take an honest look at the situation, rather than follow suite of the pundits, or simply take the easy guess that next year will be identical to this year.

Spector rips the Toronto rumor mongers


SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks are letting their imaginations run wild when it comes to Stamkos’ contract situation, claiming he hates Tampa Bay (he doesn’t), or wants out of Tampa Bay (he doesn’t), or wants to play for Toronto (he doesn’t). Funny how all these Stamkos rumors have him going to the Maple Leafs or Flyers, with the Lightning usually getting the crappy end of the deal. And why, in Buddha’s name, would the Penguins want to trade Malkin in a three player deal? What the hell were they possibly going to get from Toronto that would be an adequate replacement? Tim Connolly? Phil Kessel? Clarke MacArthur? Do those rumormongers think Ray Shero has gone insane? Come on, folks, if you’re going to dream up trade scenarios for Stamkos, at least make them based in reality! I’m very, very disappointed in your lack of imagination. In the meantime, the Lightning will continue to work on getting Stamkos re-signed.


Draft Pool II - Official Picks - Winner "STL Avs Fan"

Here are the official Draft Pool picks set in stone. For reference, deadline was: 6/24 at 12:00AM See Original Draft Pool Post for scoring.   Final pool results. Congrats to "STL Avs Fan". Maybe...

ISS updated rankings out - Huberdeau leap-frogs to #3


I'm not sure why HF is not showing the updated rankings, but here it is from TSN. No surprise to see Huberdeau jump up on the list. That pushes Couturier to #4 and Landeskog to #5.


Draft Pool

Draft pool - Just another way to kill some time before the actual draft. GeorgeInLimbo had a great idea to start a draft pool. So I'm just building off of that by adding scoring so there could...

Well done Murphy profile


If we do end up with Landeskog, I really hope we get this kid as well. I get the feeling Murphy and Landeskog feed off of each other. Landeskog camps in the net and screens the goalie. Murphy fires a canon, and it either goes in, or Landeskog scoops up the rebound. I suppose that could work with Elliot as well though.

Well done Huberdeau profile


I swear I'm not trying to start another Huber vs X debate. I just ran across this profile at "In Lou We Trust", and I thought is was well done.

2010-11 CHL Award Winners


Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Also considered for the award was Gabriel Landeskog of the Kitchener Rangers, and Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. CGC Defenceman of the Year: Ryan Ellis Also considered for the award was Simon Després of the Saint John Sea Dogs, and Stefan Elliott of the Saskatoon Blades. CCM Player of the Year: Ryan Ellis Also considered for the award was Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels.

Draft Compilation Videos


Finally I found a decent Couturier compilation. Who says he doesn't hit? Here's Huberdeau. The kid's got some sick moves. jonathan-huberdeau gabriel-landeskog ryan-nugent-hopkins ryan-strome I sure would like to see him fall to #11 sven-bartschi Sick one handed move around :39. And is that a head-butt attempt at 2:39? If we end up with him at #11, we could do much worse. joel-armia mika-zibanejad matt-puempel mark-mcneill

FC's Top 5 Players - In Depth


Future Considerations goes in-depth on the top 5 of their rankings. This is a sneak-peek at their upcoming draft guide.

May ISS rankings out


Only one more of these to go until draft day.

The Avs need a Fasth goalie.


Are the Avs looking at this guy as a possible goalie for next year? I like how's there's mention of him having a great opportunity in Denver. It's remote, I know, but worth a thought.

Bowman a Larsson fan


S Bowman's thoughts on this Larsson kid. Here's another article that talks about Larsson coming over to play next year, should the drafted team request it. I thought somebody made the statement that he could not, because of his contract or something. However, this article seems to indicate that he can. I know Armia has signed a contract with his current team in Finland for next year. Perhaps that brought on some confusion.

Hishon OHL first team all-star


It's nice to see our very own, Joey Hishon, made the OHL first all-star team. I wonder if he's also in-line for MVP... They may have announced the finalist, but I didn't catch it. I am a little surprised to see that Landeskog didn't make 1st, 2nd or 3rd team, but Strome and Murphy did. Not that those too don't deserve it. First Team: Centre – Joey Hishon, Owen Sound Attack (63) Left Wing – Garrett Wilson, Owen Sound Attack (61) Right Wing – Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s (47) Defence – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires (91) Defence – Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers (71) Goaltender – Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs (63) Coach – Mark Reeds, Owen Sound Attack (60) Second Team: Centre – Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs (48) Left Wing – Marcus Foligno, Sudbury Wolves (41) Right Wing – Jason Akeson, Kitchener Rangers (39) Defence – Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs (43) Defence – Marc Cantin, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (33) Goaltender – JP Anderson, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (59) Coach – Dave Cameron, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (56) Third Team: Centre – Casey Cizikas, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (34) Left Wing – Josh Shalla, Saginaw Spirit (36) Right Wing – Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals (35) Defence – Brett Flemming, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (30) Defence – Jesse Blacker, Owen Sound Attack (28) Goaltender – Petr Mrazek, Ottawa 67’s (24) Coach – Michael Vellucci, Plymouth Whalers (20)

Sean Couturier, and the forgotten mono angle


'He's still a little lean,' McGuire said of Couturier. 'He was predicted to be this monster power forward, of a Lindros ilk, and he isn't … yet. But, if in a year or two he is, God bless the team that drafts him, whether it is No. 1, 2, 3 or 6.' Let's make that #2, please... 'Mononucleosis is one of those things that the expert medical scouts say it takes a full year to get back from that,' McGuire said. 'Well, if he falls all the way to No. 6, and somebody grabs him and he does recover more fully from his draft year mononucleosis — I mean, they may have the best player in the draft at No. 6.' I didn't realize it could take a year to recover from mono. I guess it didn't show much with 96 points on the year.

RNH vs Landeskog vs Couturier - using weighted statistics


I know that there are many debates on this site surrounding the top forwards in the draft, so I thought you all might find this interesting.


RNH vs Landeskog vs Couturier - using weighted statistics

  In order to compare RHN, Couturier and Landeskog, I devised a new point-ranking system that assigns various points to specific NHL statistical categories. score weight/points details ...

Eventual Hejduk replacement?


Assuming we get the Blues pick, I hope the Avs are taking a serious look at this kid. He's making full-grown men defenders look stupid. Defender in front of him, no problem, skate right through him. Defender goes down to block a shot, no problem, get it over and into the net. Profile: Video:

Best Player Available is...


Here's a decent statistical analysis from Copper & Blue, on the top players in the 2011 draft.

Avs interested in Cogliano?


It would make sense that the Avs have a good feel for Cogliano because when they where watching Hensick play, they also got to see Porter and Cogliano.

Moffat background


Here's a decent background article on Moffat.

Hishon breaks foot but still manages to score game winning goal.


• A broken foot early in the 2009-10 season limited Hishon to just 36 games and 40 points (16-24--40) – he broke his foot blocking a slap shot against Niagara, but still managed to score the game-winning goal . • In 2008-09, he led Owen Sound in goals (37), assists (44) and points (81) and was voted the Best Playmaker and Best Stickhandler in the OHL’s Western Conference by the league’s coaches -- in the playmaking category he beat out Ryan O'Reilly (COL, 33rd overall in 2009) and John Tavares (NYI, 1st overall in 2009) and in the stickhandling category he beat out Nazem Kadri (TOR, 7th overall in 2009) for the award. • Hishon represented Team Canada at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships and was the leading scorer (5-5--10) for Canada at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. He also was named to Team Ontario at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. • He joined up with a local company in Owen Sound to create ‘Hishon for Hodgkins’ in which a donation is made to the Canadian Cancer Society for every goal ($100) and assist ($50) that he collects during home games. • A Stratford Warriors minor hockey product, he got his start at the age of four skating at the local rink where his father worked and he wears jersey number four because his father and uncles wore that number.


THN Ranks Avs #1 at Draft Table

Check out the Hockey News Future Watch 2010. They ranked the Avs #1 at the draft table. I've summarized the article below as it relates to the Avalanche. However, to get more information, you may...


O'Reilly, poor man's Duchene?

The more I hear about O'Reilly, the more I think that this kid is very underated. In most draft years, he would be close to our first pick overall because this is where we usually draft. I found...

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