Avalanche win NHL draft lottery

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A tweet has been posted to your Twitter account. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Avalanche win NHL draft lottery Kevin Allen, USA TODAY Sports9:03 p.m. EDT April 29, 2013 Top-ranked Portland (Ore.) Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones started playing hockey while his dad played for the Denver Nuggets. The Colorado Avalanche own the first pick. (Photo: Steve Dykes for USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Avalanche move past Florida Panthers into the top draft position Top prospect Seth Jones started playing hockey while his father played for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets This is the first year that any non-playoff team could have claimed top spot The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery, giving them the opportunity to claim top-rated prospect Seth Jones, who learned to play hockey in the Denver area. Defenseman Jones, the son of former NBA player Ron “Popeye” Jones, could be the first African American to be picked No. 1 overall in the NHL draft. Jones started playing hockey while his father was playing for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/29/nhl-draft-lottery-colorado-avalanche/2122443/

Would Lindy Ruff Be A Good Coaching Candidate for the Colorado Avalanche?

Seriously, the dude benched Matt Duchene’s linemate Taylor Hall during the World Championships so he’s not afraid to let you know if you’re dogging it, which is definitely something the Avalanche could use. And, while he has a reputation as a defensive-minded coach, his teams have actually put up some good offensive numbers in recent years . That’s not to say, though, that Ruff doesn’t focus on defense. In Ruff’s system, he likes to ask players to play two ways and I think that would actually benefit the Avs. I believe the Avalanche have the nucleus up front to play good defensive hockey, which would theoretically take a LOT of the pressure off of the Avalanche blueliners. And to do that while getting offensive production? Yes please. And, of course, Lindy Ruff has an excellent hockey mustache. There are, however, some impediments. He has never played for the Nordiques, Avalanche or BU and was never a teammate of any of the Avalanche front office guys. source: http://www.milehighhockey.com/2013/5/8/4310292/would-lindy-ruff-be-a-good-coaching-candidate-for-the-colorado

PHT Morning Skate: Sakic will play larger role with Avalanche

Joe Sakic is expected to serve in an expanded front office role with the Colorado Avalanche next season. ( Denver Post ) Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta talks about the injury that left him crying in his coach’s arms. ( Montreal Gazette ) Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t want to talk about the possibility of him finishing his career in Russia. Not while the playoffs are still going on anyways. ( Detroit News ) Rangers forward Derick Brassard has stepped up for the New York Rangers in his first playoff series. ( Newsday ) There’s a slim chance that Danny DeKeyser (thumb surgery) would be available for Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals, but, “let’s get there first,” GM Ken Holland said. ( Detroit Free Press ) The Ottawa Senators youngsters have been a significant part of their first-round success. ( Ottawa Citizen ) The Providence Bruins had a pretty good night too. ( AHL.com ) Speaking of Bruins, here are the highlights from the NHL club’s 4-3 overtime win against Toronto: source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/09/pht-morning-skate-sakic-might-play-larger-role-with-avalanche/

Colorado Avalanche win lottery for first overall pick in NHL draft

They can make a difference to your franchise. They’re different, they bring different qualities to the game and that’s exciting. We’re looking forward to getting one of those players.” And Tallon has a definite idea of the kind of player he’ll be looking for in New Jersey. “I like offence,” he said. “I like puck-moving defencemen, I like to score goals. “I like to play an exciting brand of hockey so some of those players will help us do that.” Nashville GM David Poile liked the drama the intrigue created by the new lottery format. He said the prospect of landing a top-flight prospect will help lessen his disappointment of the Predators missing the post-season. “It’s not fun being a non-playoff team and being in the bottom five of the league,” he said. “But having said that this is a terrific year. “The top five or six players are outstanding so we’re going to be rewarded very nicely for not making the playoffs . . source: http://www.canada.com/sports/Colorado+Avalanche+lottery+first+overall+pick+draft/8312705/story.html


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