Friday, June 25, 2010

Avs Draft Joey Hishon? with the 17th Overall Selection



The Avs pulled off a shocker with the 17th overall pick, selecting 5-10 center Joey Hishon from Stratford, Ontario.

With Emerson Etem and Austin Watson on the board, many Avalanche fans likely were thanking the heavens that two of the top prospects were still available, but Greg Sherman apparently didn't agree.

Considering the amount of small centers already in the system, the pick doesn't seem to make much sense. Add that to the fact that Hishon had - according to the TSN crew - a "disastrous season" with a broken foot and knee injury, and it seems like one of the most injury-proned teams in the league just added another headache.

Hishon was ranked 46th by TSN and it seemed like Bob McKenzie and Pierre McGuire had no clue who they were talking about when they heard his name.

Check out this article from NHL.com posted about Hishon a few months ago.

"He's a very skilled player," teammate Steven Shipley said. "He's got a great set of hands on him, he's always competing. He may be a little guy but he goes to the big areas of the ice and he comes out with pucks more often than not."
Still, on a team with Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene, and Ryan O'Reilly, where the heck does this kid fit? Can he play wing? Is he even big enough to matter on a top two line?

As of 9:40 ET, Austin Watson has gone #18 to the Predators and I'm sure Etem will soon find a home with one of the next few teams.

Very peculiar start to the draft. The Avs do make a good amount of picks tomorrow so there is room to make up for this head-scratcher.

Of course, I am but a lowly blogger. Who am I to go up against the Avs scouting team?

Oh yeah - I have common sense. Small. Injured. Center. Not good.

I hope I eat my words in five years when Hishon is tearing it up in an Avalanche uniform. It's tough to envision, though.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Complete Avalanche Award Voting Totals

Matt Duchene and Joe Sacco didn't win the hardware, but I have a feeling that they'll be back at the NHL Awards many more times in the future.

As per Puck Daddy, here's a breakdown of every Avalanche playing receiving any single vote for an award:

Hart - League MVP

Ninth Place - Craig Anderson (1 First Place Vote)

There's no doubt that Anderson was the MVP of the Avs this year. Of the league? Probably not. Looking at the players above him, Andy should have gotten the votes from whomever loves Patrick Kane a little too much.

T-23rd Place - Paul Stastny (1 Fifth Place Vote)

Not so sure that he deserved a fifth place vote for the LEAGUE, but whatever - hopefully he can keep rising on this list.

Vezina - League's Best Goaltender

Fifth Place - Craig Anderson (Two Second Place, Three Third Place Votes)

Andy's play tailed off at the end of the year, or else he probably could have been considered a top three candidate. Of the goalies ranked above him - Miller, Bryzgalov, Brodeur, Nabokov - only Bryzgalov can claim lower expectations for his team heading into the season.

Calder - League's Best Rookie

Third Place - Matt Duchene (Twelve First Place, Forty-two Second Place, Fifty-three Third Place, Twenty-five Fourth Place, One Fifth Place Vote)

Barely edged out by Jimmy Howard for second, Duchene deserved better than a third place finish. The Calder was pretty much wrapped up by Tyler Myers in the second half of the season, but no shame for the rookie scoring leader, Duchene.

T-13th Place - TJ Galiardi (Three Fifth Place Votes)

Galiardi is destined to be underrated as he matures in the NHL. The man is a beastly penalty killer and he stepped up his game in a big way against the Sharks during the playoffs. Glad three people noticed the season he had.

Note: Had Chris Stewart been eligible, is there any doubt that this award would have been his?

Jack Adams - League's Best Coach

Third Place - Joe Sacco (Fourteen Second Place, Nine Third Place Votes)

Phoenix's Dave Tippett ran away with this one, garnering all but two of the first place votes. Interestingly, neither Sacco nor Trotz received those two votes. How did Mike Babcock pulled that one off? Reputation? Sacco finishing behind Trotz sucks, but all three did miraculous work this season.

Lady Byng - League's Most Irrelevant Award

22nd Place - Matt Duchene (Two Third Place, Two Fifth Place Votes)

34th Place - Paul Stastny (Two Fourth Place Votes)

Someone voted for Georges Laraque so this award has been turned into a complete and utter joke.

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Overall, not bad for a team that was supposed to be in the basement all season long.
First round of the NHL draft tomorrow. Hopefully we don't trade Duchene or something.

Go Avs.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

October 11th: A Streak Will Be Broken

With the announcement that the Philadelphia Flyers will play their first home game of the 2010-11 season against our beloved Colorado Avalanche,it fills me with much sadness to say that this will be the first Avalanche game I miss in Philly - ever.

By the time October rolls around, I will be living at Cornell University, four hours hopelessly away from Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene, and Craig Anderson.

The one nice thing about this announcement?
Less than four months to hockey.
Go Avs.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Avs Sign Budaj - AND Koci?

The Avs continued to build their 2010-11 roster today by making a couple re-signings.

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Peter Budaj and forward David Koci each to a one-year contract for the 2010-11 season.
It's nice to see that Budaj will stay in Colorado. Although I'm not the guy's biggest fan, I have no qualms with him as a backup and hopefully Joe Sacco will use him much more often this season. The move gives AHLer
Tyler Weinman more time to develop.

Per the title, enforced (ha!) David Koci will also return next season. I can let the Avalanche's press release do the talking:

Koci, 29, appeared in a career-high 43 games in his first season with the Avalanche in 2009-10. The 6-foot-6, 238-pound left wing tallied one goal and no assists while finishing second on the team with 84 penalty minutes.

“David brings grit and toughness to our lineup,” added Sherman. “He was a good fit for our team last year.”

The Prague, Czech Republic native has skated in 107 career NHL games, notching three points (2g/1a) and 381 penalty minutes during stints with Chicago, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Colorado. He was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.
No idea why we're letting this guy take up a roster spot - whether it be major or minor league - because he's utterly useless.

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