2022-23 Top 10 Colorado Avalanche Prospects

The Colorado Avalanche are the ruling Stanley Cup champs. Their success was developed on preparing and searching. The core of the group was included at the draft, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Cale Makar, and Gabriel Landeskog were all inside the leading 10 of their draft years.

While the group had a couple of choices miss out on (Tyson Jost, Conner Bleackley) their total grade is a high one. The possibility swimming pool has actually been greatly diminished in the previous couple of years due to finishing gamers the similarity Bowen Byram, and Alex Newhook, and trades. GM Joe Sakic traded away potential customers Drew Helleson and Justin Barron and all however 2 choices in the 2022 Entry Draft.

The just chooses Colorado had in the 2022 draft were a sixth-round choice (193rd total) and the extremely last total choice at 255th at the bottom of the seventh round.

The Avalanche will stay a competing group for the foreseeable future with a young group including Makar, Mackinnon, and Rantanen all in their prime.

But the pipeline is beginning to thin out and the group does not have lots of choices in the future to assist renew.

1. Sean Behrens, LD – University of Denver (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 5-10/176
Drafted: 2021 round 2, 61st total by Colorado Avalanche

The 2021 second-round choice had a remarkable D+1 project as a freshman with Denver scoring 29 points in 37 video games and leading the Pioneers to an NCAA Championship. Behrens is back for a minimum of another year of NCAA advancement as there is no rush to finish him.

The Avalanche blueline is flush with young skill so breaking into the top-six of Cale Makar, Devon Toews, Sam Girard, Josh Manson, and Bowen Byram is no simple job. The departure of Helleson and Barron will assist.

2. Ben Meyers, C/LW – Colorado Eagles (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 5-11/194
Drafted: Free representative checked in 2022

The leading NCAA totally free representative from the 2022 class was Ben Meyers with a bullet. Meyers played 3 seasons with the University of Minnesota and was a Hobey Baker Finalist. Slightly undersized however a reliable and strong gamer, Meyers mixes playmaking vision, ability, a high contend level, and a two-way video game. He has management capability and is flexible.

The 23-year-old might never ever break the Avalanche’s top-six for any length of time, however he needs to end up being a routine NHL gamer after some more spices in the AHL. Meyers represented U.S.A. in both the Olympics and World Championships in 2022 with a combined 12 points in 14 video games.

3. Justus Annunen, G – Colorado Eagles (AHL)

Age: 22]
Ht/Wt: 6-4/209
Drafted: 2018 round 3, 64th total by Colorado Avalanche

If there is one position that the Avalanche might be thin on it remains in objective. Annunen brings some draft pedigree as a third-round choice. He has a U18 Gold Medal and a SM Liiga Championship on his resume currently. He played his novice season in the AHL in 2015 and published a 24-13-6 record with 2 nothings. His play made him a short NHL recall where he played his very first 2 NHL video games.

Still just 22 years of ages, the Avalanche can be client with the huge 6-4 Finnish netminder and establish him in the AHL. He has a future NHL beginning goaltender upside.

4. Oskar Olausson, C/W – Colorado Eagles (AHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-2/181
Drafted: 2021 round one, 28th total by Colorado Avalanche

The 2021 first-round choice made his North American launching in the OHL in 2015 scoring 49 points with the Barrie Colts and Oshawa Generals. His production decreased a little as a member of the Generals, however in the WJC he rebounded with 5 points in 7 video games for Sweden.

Olausson’s finest weapon is his shot, it is heavy and precise. His playmaking and vision might be restricting or second-rate for a top-six NHL forward, however he will play his novice season in the AHL and attempt to show he is a possibility growing.

5. Martin Kaut, RW – Colorado Eagles (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-2/190
Drafted: 2018 round one, 16th total by Colorado Avalanche

The Czech 2018 first-rounder has actually been trending in a down spiral for a number of seasons now. His D+1 season saw him make his North American launching in the AHL and he played up to the billing of a first-round choice scoring 26 points in 63 video games.

Despite playing restricted video games in his sophomore season, he still produced with another 18 points in 34 video games and made his nine-game NHL launching scoring 3 points. The following 2 projects have actually been a battle, he played in 11 more NHL video games. He has actually had a hard time to reveal he can produce in the NHL like he carries out in the AHL where he has 94 profession points in 165 video games.

He remains in jeopardy of ending up being a tweener and might wind up back in Europe. This is a make-or-break season for Kaut.

6. Jean-Luc Foudy, C – Colorado Eagles (AHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 5-11/176
Drafted: 2020 round 3, 75th total by Colorado Avalanche

The speed devil is still just twenty years old and entering his 3rd season in the AHL thanks to the pandemic. Typically, when gamers have 2 seasons of AHL advancement I want to see more production, however Foudy has still just played 99 profession video games heading into this season. Look for Foudy to play a larger function with the Eagles and to have a breakout season. Still, his NHL upside will likely peak as a third-line winger and charge killer with some offending advantage.

7. Alex Beaucage, LW/RW – Colorado Eagles (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-1/192
Drafted: 2019 round 3, 78th total by Colorado Avalanche

Beaucage had a tough shift year into professional hockey. His point-per-video game rate dropped from well over a point per game in the QMJHL to 0.3 in 40 video games. But by the season’s end, he was back on track as he handled 5 points in 8 championship game. He is off to a great start in his sophomore season with the Eagles along with he is on speed for a 48-point season.

Beaucage is a sniper and a high-volume shooter. He shoots from almost anywhere, deals with the puck well, and has great offensive impulses. His design of play provides towards a top-six function, however that might top out at the AHL level. Time will inform.

8. Nikolai Kovalenko, RW/LW – Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 5-10/185
Drafted: 2018 round 6, 171st total by Colorado Avalanche

The kid of ex-NHL winger Andrei Kovalenko (A.K.A. AK-47) is now a 23-year-old KHL veteran with 4 seasons under his belt. On his 3rd group because time his launching with Torpedo is off to a red-hot start as he is on speed for 51 points.

Kovalenko is under agreement in the KHL through the 2023-24 season however if he keeps his existing production that would definitely necessitate an agreement deal to play in the NHL.

9. Shane Bowers, C/RW – Colorado Eagles

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-2/185
Drafted: 2017 round one, 28th total by Colorado Avalanche

Bowers is a prime example of bad gamer advancement. After being a first-round choice from the USHL where he published strong numbers, Bowers played 2 NCAA seasons with the Boston Terriers. In his 77 profession video games had fun with the Terriers, he taped 53 points.

After his sophomore season, he was signed by the Avalanche and played 48 video games as a novice, scoring 27 points. His video games played were restricted for the following 2 years as he was sticking around on the taxi team and playing in just 28 video games, and 37 video games in the following AHL seasons. His point amounts to plunged, and he has yet to see any NHL time.

Removed from college prematurely and not playing enough at the professional level, his stock has actually bottomed out. He cleared waivers to begin this year back in the AHL. On the advantage, he is off to a profession year on speed for 48 points after 9 video games. With a complete and efficient season in the AHL he might end up being appropriate once again.

10. Ivan Zhigalov, G – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-3/168
Drafted: 2022 round 7, 225th total by Colorado Avalanche

Undrafted in 2021, Zhigalov was the last choice in his D+1 year. The Belarusian played in 2015 in the QMJHL with the Sherbrooke Phoenix publishing a 26-9-3 record. Zhigalov was launched by the Phoenix and was picked at the import draft a 2nd time and is playing in the OHL with the Kingston Frontenacs. His play has actually been exceptional with a 2.65 GAA and a .919 SV% making goalie of the week acknowledgment early in the project.

Zhigalov has size, athleticism, strong positioning, tracks pucks well, and is a fantastic colleague. This file will be a long-lasting job to make the NHL, however don’t sleep on this gamer.

Honorable Mentions:

Sampo Ranta – The fast Finnish winger and alumni of the University of Minnesota has yet to discover his groove at the professional level.

Colby Ambrosio – 2020 fourth-rounder entering his junior season with Boston College and is trending towards finalizing following this year.

Nick Leivermann – A 24-year-old seventh-round choice from 2017 is exercising his choice to play a 5th season with Notre Dame.

Matthew Stienburg – Produced a point-per-game offense as a junior at Cornell and is back to play his senior year. Should end up the year in the AHL unless he ends up being a complimentary representative this coming summer season.

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