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The Avalanche will lose a good one to Seattle, but who might it be?



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As the Seattle expansion draft nears the horizon, in just two weeks, the Avalanche will be forced to sacrifice a roster player. And whichever way you slice it, Colorado is going to lose a good one.

Before we get into it, let’s quickly go over the rules—just in case it’s not already well-ingrained in your head from the superfluity of Seattle expansion what-ifs scattered across the web.

Here it is: The Avalanche, along with the other 29 NHL teams (remember, Vegas is given a pass on this expansion draft and does not have to sacrifice a player to Seattle), will have two tracks to choose from with regards to protecting a player. Teams can either pick 7 forwards, 3 D-men and 1 goalie to protect, OR they can protect any combination of 8 total forwards and/or defensemen and 1 goalie.

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as, and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he works as a Marketing Executive when he's not writing.

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