August 31-in-31: Colorado Avalanche

Hayden Soboleski

2019-08-08

 

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Welcome to the August 2019 edition of the DobberProspects 31-in-31 Series! This month, we will be diving into the depth of each organization, looking at their Top 20 prospects, risers, fallers, and recent graduates. Let’s dive in!

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Graduating players

 

In the last year, outsourced prospect Sam Girard became a mainstay on the blueline, and is now a lock to remain in the top-four for the foreseeable future. 

 

JT Compher has also become a top-nine regular in the forward corps, no longer needing the label of “prospect”. 

 

This was also the intention of fellow youngster Tyson Jost, however his season didn’t go quite as planned. Injuries knocked him out of the lineup, and spent time in the AHL during his recovery and subsequent development. His strong play in the post-season will likely make him another graduate, but his spot in the lineup (both in the short-term and long-term) is still TBD.

 

It’s far too early to call Cale Makar a graduate after only a handful of playoff games under his belt, but he is about as close to a sure bet as you can get to become an NHL regular in 2019-20. His time in our prospect pages is likely to be up after this season.

 

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Fantasy Risers

  • Pavel Francouz had an outstanding first season in North America to earn AHL All-Star status, and is currently slotted to become the NHL backup. His stock will continue to rise, especially once starter Grubauer hits a cold streak.
  • Nick Henry had a bounce-back season in the WHL where he jumped his point total from 29 (in a limited campaign) up to 94. He was a faller last year but is back on track as a worthy own in deep leagues.
  • Cale Makar was already a top prospect, but his campaign couldn’t have been any better. Winning the Hobey Baker Award and scoring 6 points in his first 10 games (which were in the playoffs no less), will push anyone onto the Risers list. We’re on the edge of our seats and can’t wait to see what he has in store for us. I personally believe the hope will continue to grow.

 

Fantasy Fallers

  • Conor Timmins lost his entire 2018-19 season due to lingering concussion symptoms. He remains a top prospect with the promise of a top-end NHL rearguard, but his stock took a hit from his absence and he is much farther from a “sure thing” as he was this time last year. This is a testament to how close he was a year ago, not a bad opinion of him currently.
  • AJ Greer was given multiple golden opportunities to make the NHL lineup last season, and could not lock down a spot. His AHL numbers remain strong, but his inability to stick with the Avs after so many tries is making owners question his NHL future, especially with all the added depth the team brought in this summer. To pile on, he was arrested for assault this off-season, which is never a good look for a professional regardless of the circumstance. 
  • Vladislav Kamenev also had an NHL spot all but handed to him last fall, but a leg injury took him out in training camp, and then shoulder surgery limited his year to only 23 contests on the year. The additional depth brought in by the organization this off-season means he will have to fight for a roster spot more than in previous years, making his lack of progress/availability last year sting even more. Its an uphill battle now but he’s not worth giving up on yet.

 

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