Colorado Avalanche

Bowen Byram
Doug Winkey - Jan 11, 2021

Everyone was excited when the Colorado Avalanche drafted Bowen Byram. He was the team’s first pick in the loaded 2019 Draft. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native immediately rewarded them with a very good season playing for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. Byram has joined Colorado’s training camp for the 2020-21 season and could start as soon […]


Ben Kerr - Oct 2, 2019

A new NHL season brings with it a fresh crop of rookies, and a fresh set off hopes for the futures of nearly every NHL team. Along with helping their teams win, those rookies will also be chasing a prestigious individual award – the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy.  The following article looks at pre-season favourites and predictions for […]

Cale Makar Colorado Avalanche Prospects
Ben Kerr - Aug 19, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Top Shelf Prospects series. As we go through the Summer of 2019 LWOH will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. We will be following the order of the first round of the NHL draft (as if there were no traded draft picks) and you can find […]

Vladislav Kamenev
Doug Winkey - Jul 30, 2019

News broke earlier that forward Vladislav Kamenev has signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche. He was a restricted free agent. Financial terms of the contract have not been released. If given a qualifying offer, Kamenev would become a restricted free agent again next summer. The team announced the signing on their official twitter […]

Bowen Byram
Doug Winkey - Jul 19, 2019

News broke Friday, July 19th, that Bowen Byram, the 4th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, had signed a deal with the Colorado Avalanche. The entry-level deal is worth approximately $925k. We have signed Bowen Byram to an entry-level contract.#GoAvsGo https://t.co/08U2nmiEjg — Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) July 19, 2019 Bowen Byram Signs With Colorado Avalanche […]

Samuel Girard Colorado Avalanche Defence
Doug Winkey - Jul 9, 2019

News broke Monday afternoon that the Colorado Avalanche defence retained another potential contributor. They signed defender Ryan Graves to a one-year extension with the organization. The two-way contract is worth $350,000 if he’s playing in the AHL and $735,000 in the NHL. Mike Chambers of the Denver Post was among the first to report the deal. […]

Doug Winkey - Jun 23, 2019

The draft is over and it’s time to look at what happened. Here’s your Colorado Avalanche 2019 Draft Review. Refer to Ben Kerr’s excellent pre-draft analysis for each player. The Avalanche had themselves an exceptionally strong year when it comes to selecting the newest crop of prospects. Eight new faces will call themselves members of […]

Bowen Byram 2019 NHL Draft Grades
Ben Kerr - Jun 23, 2019

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

NHL Draft Team NEeds

The NHL Draft is just around the corner and teams are gearing up for what promises to be a very busy weekend in Vancouver on June 21st and 22nd. The combine is now complete and teams have interviewed potential draftees for their team. We will examine the Central Division and what their NHL Draft team […]

The Colorado Avalanche signed college defenceman Cale Makar to to a three-year, entry-level contract. This contract carries him through the 2020-21 season. No financial terms are known at the moment. The deal starts right away. BREAKING: Avalanche top prospect Cale Makar has signed his ELC with the team and his deal starts this season, per […]

J.T. Compher
Robert MacDonald - Nov 27, 2018

Not many teams in the NHL have a line quite as strong as the first one of the Colorado Avalanche. Between Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs have 99 points and 39 goals. That is the highest amount for any three individual players in the whole NHL right now. Their team’s 86 goals scored ranks second […]

Colorado Avalanche Roster Cuts
Robert MacDonald - Sep 19, 2018

After their first preseason game last night, the Colorado Avalanche roster faced its first round of cuts. Their training camp roster, initially at 55 players, is down to 45. Colorado Avalanche Roster Reduced For the Avs, this first round of cuts consists of seven forwards and three defensemen. The vast majority of the players left […]

Martin Kaut
Robert MacDonald - Sep 15, 2018

Over the weekend starting on September 8th, Vegas hosted a six-team rookie tournament called the Vegas Rookie Faceoff. It allowed teams wrapping up their rookie camps to get their guys some game experience, an extra opportunity to impress their teams and also wear game jerseys with NHL logos on them. Participants included the Vegas Golden […]

Ben Kerr - Aug 4, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Top Shelf Prospects series.  As we go through the Summer of 2018 LWOH will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. We will be following the order of the first round of the NHL draft (as if there were no traded draft picks) and you can […]

Filip Zadina 2018 NHL Draft Grades
Ben Kerr - Jun 24, 2018

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2018 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

With the NHL entry draft on the horizon, teams are gearing up for a busy weekend in Dallas on June 22nd and 23rd. This year’s draft class is deep and a has a ton of foreign talent, three of which are the projected top 3. It also includes one player who is a generational talent […]



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The Minnesota Wild has announced via Twitter that forward Marco Rossi is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. The centreman represented Austria at the 2021 World Junior Championship in Edmonton. He underwent a seven-day quarantine before being able to take part in the training camp activities with the Wild this week. NEWS: #mnwild forward Marco Rossi […]

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Gabriel Foley - Jun 21, 2018

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Jim Biringer - Jun 21, 2018

It took some time for this 2001 age group for Team USA to capture gold, but it finally happened. Years of heartbreak led to the moment Tuesday night in Edmonton or early Wednesday morning on the East Coast. But Team USA defeated Canada by a score of 2-0 to capture the gold medal at the […]