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2017 NHL Draft Lottery To Be Held April 29

The Avalanche has the highest odds of winning the No. 1 overall pick

by National Hockey League / NHL.com

The National Hockey League announced today the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 6 p.m., MT, during live coverage of the event on NBC, CBC and TVA. Coverage on CBC begins at 5:30 p.m., MT.

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NHL Releases Final Rankings For 2017 Draft

Brandon's Nolan Patrick is the top prospect, Halifax's Nico Hischier follows at No. 2

by National Hockey League / NHL.com

Forward Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man.), who skates for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, has been named the top draft-eligible skater for the 2017 NHL Draft as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings. Forward Nico Hischier (Naters, Switzerland), a center for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, follows closely at No. 2.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 4

Colorado begins its last week of the season

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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EXTRA EFFORT: Colorado's shootout victory over the Blues on Friday night improved the club's record to 7-3 when playing beyond 60 minutes this season, 6-2 in overtime and 1-1 in shootouts. Friday's shootout was the second of the season for the Avs, tied with Dallas for the fewest in the NHL.

JOST MAKES NHL DEBUT: Tyson Jost made his NHL debut in Friday night's 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center and finished with two shots, one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot in 13:25 of ice time.

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Avalanche Signs Tyson Jost To Entry-Level Contract

Colorado's first-round pick to join team for remainder of 2016-17 season

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Tyson Jost (JOH-st) to a three-year, entry-level contract. Jost is scheduled to join the Avalanche for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

Jost, 19, was Colorado's first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He recently completed his freshman season at the University of North Dakota, tallying 35 points (16g/19a) in 33 games. Jost finished second on the team in points, goals (tied) and assists, and shared the club lead with five power-play goals. His 35 points currently rank second among all NCHC freshmen.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 28

Colorado to play two games in Sweden during 2017-18 campaign

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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AVS IN SWEDEN: The Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the NHL announced Friday. The Avs and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11.

MacKINNON'S MILESTONE: Nathan MacKinnon reached 200 career points with a pair of assists on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers. At 21 years, 203 days, MacKinnon became the youngest player in Avalanche history to reach the 200-point mark. He topped the previous record held by Matt Duchene, who was 22 years, 272 days when he picked up his 200th point on Oct. 15, 2013 vs. Dallas. The youngest in franchise history to hit the 200-mark was Joe Sakic (21 years, 148 days). MacKinnon is the second player from the 2013 draft class to reach the 200-point milestone, accomplishing the feat in 11 fewer games than Calgary's Sean Monahan.

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Avalanche Featured In Global Series

Colorado to play two games against Ottawa in Sweden

by National Hockey League / NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today. The Avalanche and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets to the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, March 29.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 21

Colorado has two home games before its last trip to Canada

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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NHL FIRSTS: J.T. Compher potted his first NHL goal on Wednesday, March 15 against the Detroit Red Wings. It was also the game-winning marker and came in Compher's eighth contest in an Avalanche sweater. Defenseman Anton Lindholm made his NHL debut in that same game and finished with three hits and one blocked shot in 14:32 of ice time.

DUCHENE CRACKS TOP 10 IN FRANCHISE SCORING: Matt Duchene's goal on Wednesday night against Detroit was his 414th career point, tying Valeri Kamensky for 10th place on the franchise's all-time points list. Duchene ranks seventh in Avalanche/Nordiques history in goals (173) and is 11th in assists (241). His 28 career game-winning goals are tied with Alex Tanguay for seventh on the franchise list.

 

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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 14

Colorado plays a home-and-home series against Detroit

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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THE NEW ADDITION: Sven Andrighetto tied a career-best three-game point streak that lasted from March 7-11, and he's registered a point in three of his five contests since joining the Avalanche on March 1.

FACEOFF PERFORMANCE: John Mitchell finished 12-for-13 at the faceoff circle against the Senators. His 92.3 percent success rate ranks sixth among all single-game faceoff performances in the NHL this season (players who took 10 or more draws in a game).

PICKARD ON THE SCORESHEET: Calvin Pickard registered his third career assist (also Feb. 7, 2017 vs. Montreal, March 3, 2016 vs. Florida) and his second of the season against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, March 9. He's now tied for the league lead in points among goaltenders (Matt Murray, Al Montoya, Tuukka Rask, Andrei Vasilevskiy). All three of Pickard's helpers have come on home ice.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 7

Colorado hosts annual Charity Brunch on Sunday

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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MAKING THEIR DEBUT: Left wing J.T. Compher and right wing Sven Andrighetto each made their Avalanche debut this week. For Compher, the first time skating in an Avalanche jersey on March 2 against the Ottawa Senators was also his NHL debut. The Northbrook, Illinois, native recorded three hits and one takeaway in 11:13 of ice time and has now played three games with Colorado, averaging 12:58 of time-on-ice per contest. Andrighetto, who was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens at the trade deadline, made his Avalanche debut on Sunday against the St. Louis Blues and recorded two shots, two hits and two takeaways in 15:19 of action.

 

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Avalanche Acquires Andrighetto From Montreal

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Sven Andrighetto from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Andreas Martinsen.  

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