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Avalanche Wrap-Up: Scout Talks Avalanche Acquisitions, Larionov Prepping Kovalenko



Avalanche Miles Wood

It’s September, and we’re less than two weeks away from Colorado Avalanche hockey returning. Soon, rookies will hit the ice, and excitement and optimism will follow.

Over the past week, I talked to a scout for their opinion on the pickups the Avalanche made from the East, and Igor Larionov talked about how he’s prepping Nikolai Kovalenko for the NHL. In addition, Colorado snuck another PTO into the mix for camp.

Here’s a look back at what you might have missed the previous week at CHN, and a peak at what’s coming.


I spoke to a scout located in the Eastern Conference about the pickups the Avalanche made, including Jonathan Drouin, Miles Wood, and Ross Colton. (+)

Eastern Conference Scout Talks Avalanche Acquisitions, Philosophy (+)

Unfortunately, concussions forced former Colorado forward Joonas Donskoi to retire.


Is Alexandar Georgiev a top 10 goalie in the NHL?

Remember Joel Kiviranta? It’s okay if you don’t want to, but he’ll be at training camp for Colorado on a PTO.


A new mailbag, including questions like….do PTO’s matter? Did Avalanche overpay Ross Colton? And my under-hyped and over-hyped moves of the summer.

Jonathan Drouin got to town later in the week, but on Tuesday, he hosted his charity golf tournament and talked about his move to Colorado.


ESPN had some interesting projections for not just Colorado players, but everyone around the league.

I know some people don’t like watching National games, but it might be the only way for some to see the team, and the Avalanche will be on National TV a lot.


How Igor Larionov is preparing Nikolai Kovalenko for the NHL

How Igor Larionov Is Preparing Nikolai Kovalenko For The NHL


Mikhail Gulyayev started the season playing in the top six on Avangard’s blueline. A good sign moving forward.

The 5 questions the Avalanche must answer heading into the season.

A Look Ahead to Next Week

  • A quick stop by Family Sports to see whose in town
  • Any news that comes in
  • Best Contracts on the Avalanche
  • More Over/Under
  • Bold Predictions for the upcoming season
  • Are the Avalanche better than they were last year?

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