Toninato/Kerfoot > Butcher 

By Richard Gonzalez The Colorado Avalanche have failed to sign their 2012 fifth round pick Will Butcher who became unrestricted free agents on August 15, 2017, but made up for it by signing two former college players Dominic Toninato and Alex Kerfoot  Toninato: Toninato is a 6’1″ 165-pound center who was originally drafted by the…

August News & Grades

By Richard Gonzalez  August has to be one of the worst months for hockey fans. In July we have the NHL free agency and in September we have the pre-season. August is just a dead zone. Let us take a look at the little that has been going on in August so far.  Former defenseman and defensive…

NHL Entry Draft Rounds 2-7

By Richard Gonzalez Day two of the 2017 NHL entry draft is complete. It was been pretty quite as far as any trade updates. If any trade were going to happen it would have been completed during the selection of all the first round picks. Now we will wait and see if any blockbuster trades…

Cale Makar

By Richard Gonzalez The Colorado Avalanche have selected right shooting defensemen Cale Makar with their 1st round (4th overall) pick. Makar (18 years old) is a 5’11 weighing in at 187 pounds.  Scouting: Bob McKenzie of TSN ranked Makar at number 4. Makar is described as an offensive defenseman who compares with Ottawa Senators elite…

Good Bye Calvin Pickard

By Richard Gonzalez The NHL had their expansion draft for the Las Vegas Golden Knights on June 21st, 2017. The Colorado Avalanche chose to expose Calvin Pickard in favor of Semyon Varlamov. There was a lot of debate about the Golden Knights possibly selecting Pickard, Mark Barberio, or Mikhail Grigorenko. The Avalanche were first on…

Past and Future Expansion Drafts

By Richard Gonzalez The NHL Expansion Draft will be held on June 21st, 2017, and it will introduce the Las Vegas Golden Knights into the league. The last expansion draft was 17 years ago and introduced the Minnesota Wild and the Atlanta Thrashers. Since the Avalanche were introduced into the league they have been part…

Colorado: Who Stays, Who Leaves?

By Richard Gonzalez The Colorado Avalanche have the 4th overall pick heading into the NHL draft which is on June 23rd and 24th. The have picks in rounds 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and another 4th which was acquired from the New York Rangers. The Avalanche started cleaning house by firing assistant coaches Tim…