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Getting To Know: Adam Werner

The goaltender was the main man between the pipes for Bjorkloven last season

by Matt Shwayder / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche goaltending prospect Adam Werner was the team's fourth selection (fifth round, 131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. The left-handed-catching netminder stands at a towering 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 198 pounds.

A native of Mariestad, Sweden, Werner played 25 games last year and recorded a 2.98 goals-against average and .892 save percentage with IF Bjorkloven in the Swedish Allsvenskan league, Sweden's second-highest pro league. He was also on his country's squad for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Getting To Know: Cale Makar

The No. 4 overall draft pick is heading to UMass next season

by Matt Shwayder / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Cale Makar was Colorado's first selection (first round, fourth overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft, which was held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24. Makar spent the last two years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Brooks Bandits and is set to continue his playing career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst next year. 

The Calgary, Alberta, native had 24 goals and 51 assists (75 points) this past season with the Bandits, and the defenseman followed his regular-season performance with 16 more points (five goals, 11 assists) in 13 postseason contests, leading his team to a second-consecutive AJHL championship. He also earned regular-season and playoff MVP honors and was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year.

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Rookie Rewind: Spencer Martin

The goaltender showed versatility and confidence during his first stint in the NHL

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Midway through the 2016-17 season, an opportunity emerged for netminding talent of the Colorado Avalanche to gain NHL experience. The Avs were facing goaltender injuries and looking for fresh faces to guard between the pipes. Cue in Colorado prospect Spencer Martin, goalie for the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage.

Martin was a then 21-year-old keeper with little premier professional experience. However, when he was asked to step up to the NHL, the goalie accepted the new role with poise and made a great impression during his first stint in the big leagues.

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Getting To Know: Tyson Jost

The Avalanche's 2016 first-round draft pick tells all

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Forward Tyson Jost was selected No. 10 overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York. 

Jost played for the University of North Dakota during the 2016-17 campaign, where he recorded 16 goals and 17 assists over 33 games. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado on March 29 and made his NHL debut two nights later against the St. Louis Blues on home ice. He played in the Avs' final six contests of the season and finished with one goal, which he registered against the Minnesota Wild on April 6 at Pepsi Center.

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From The KHL To The NHL, Mironov Is Ready

The Avalanche's 2015 Draft pick is no stranger to professional hockey

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

When Andrei Mironov inked his two-year, entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche on May 12, it marked the first time that he would be preparing to play for a non-Russian team.

Since he was 5 years old, Mironov had competed for the Dynamo Moscow organization, beginning with its youth clubs and up through its professional squad in the Kontinental Hockey League. He was on its Minor Hockey League team, HC MVD Balashikha, in the 2011-12 season after he was drafted in the fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft.

He then made the jump to the professional game the following season and helped Dynamo Moscow win the Gagarin Cup. He appeared in an impressive 40 games as a rookie and tallied five assists in the regular season before adding another helper in the playoffs en route to the club becoming league champions.

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Avs Prospects Stand Out At Summer Showcase

Cale Makar and Conor Timmins dressed for Team Canada

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche prospects Cale Makar and Conor Timmins traded their burgundy sweaters for bright red ones as the defensemen competed for Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase this past week in Plymouth, Michigan.

The week-long summer showcase gave fans a much-needed fresh taste of hockey as the start of the NHL season looms right around the corner. The annual exhibition also served as a first opportunity for coaches and staff to assess players prior to training camp in December. That is when Team Canada's final roster for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship will be determined.

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Colorado-Born Nate Clurman Honing His Skills

The defenseman is the second Colorado native to be drafted by the Avalanche

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

A version of the following story appeared in the 2016-17 fourth edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.


It was a dream come true for defenseman Nate Clurman to be selected in the NHL Draft, but to be picked by his hometown team put him on cloud nine.

On the morning of June 25, 2016, the Boulder, Colorado, native knew there was a chance that he could be selected on the second day of 2016 draft, but he was also keeping his expectations low since he still had a full year of high school left at the prestigious Culver Military Academy in Indiana.

However, when he heard the news that it was the Colorado Avalanche that chose him 161st overall in the sixth round of the summer selection, he was stunned.

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Nick Henry's Journey Has Only Just Begun

A closer look at the Avalanche's fourth round 2017 draft pick

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

This summer has been quite the whirlwind for 18-year-old Nick Henry, the No. 94 overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

He graduated high school, was drafted into the NHL, attended the Avs' development camp and celebrated his 18th birthday.

That's some memorable months for the Portage, Manitoba, native after a tremendous year in the Western Hockey League.

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Getting To Know: Nick Leivermann

The defenseman is committed to play college hockey at Notre Dame in the future

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Nick Leivermann, the 5-foot-11, 194-pound defenseman out of Edina, Minnesota, is one of the newest additions to the Colorado Avalanche after being drafted 187th overall in Round 7 of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. 

This past season, Leivermann played in 21 games as the team captain for the Eden Prairie High School Eagles, registering 34 points with 10 goals and 14 assists. He also played eight games in the United States Hockey League with the Bloomington Thunder, where he scored one goal. 

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Avs Prospects Head To World Junior Summer Showcase

Cale Makar and Conor Timmins will represent Team Canada

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche 2017 NHL Draft picks Cale Makar and Conor Timmins will take part in Hockey Canada's summer development camp, which begins with practices this weekend at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Canadians will train in the United States and participate in five exhibition games next week at the World Junior Summer Showcase against the U.S., Finland and Sweden. The annual summer camp is a precursor to December's training camp, where Canada's final roster for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship will be decided.

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