31 in 31: Top Ten Prospects Vol. 8 – Colorado Avalanche

Welcome back to my 31 in 31 top ten prospect series.

Yesterday, we took an extended look at the Chicago Blackhawks‘ farm system and the young bucks that they have representing the future, highlighted by Adam Boqvist, Ian Mitchell, and Nicolas Beaudin. Today, we’re going to have a look at the Colorado Avalanche and see who they have looking to don the maroon and blue someday. Without further ado, let’s have a look.

1. Cale Makar (D, 1st Round, 4th Overall in 2017)

Spending his two most current seasons with UMass-Amherst of the NCAA, Cale Makar is proving day in and day out why the Avalanche selected him at fourth overall. He currently has 18 points in 14 games and is said to be a fantastic skater with a stride that looks effortless but comes off as graceful. With 8 points in 7 games at the World Juniors last year as well, Makar likely won’t be out of the NHL for too much longer.

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2. Conor Timmins (D, 2nd Round, 32nd Overall in 2017)

The Avalanche are proving to have done a great job drafting in 2017, seeing that their first two picks are now their two top prospects. Timmins had a great season last year with 41 points in 35 games and five points in seven games, but has unfortunately been sidelined all season due to ankle and head injuries sustained in 2017-18. When he recovers, he will begin the season with the Colorado Eagles.

3. Martin Kaut (RW, 1st Round, 16th Overall in 2018)

So far, it’s been all about recent drafting in the Avs’ prospect list. Kaut was already playing pro overseas for HC Dynamo Pardubice, and the Avalanche wasted no time bringing the 6’2 Czech winger to North America to play in the AHL. The Brno native is a powerplay threat and has 11 points in 22 games so far.

4. Vladislav Kamenev (C, 2nd Round, 42nd Overall in 2014 by NSH)

Sent to Colorado in the three way trade that saw Matt Duchene go to Ottawa and Kyle Turris go to Nashville, Kamenev has mostly been given looks in the AHL to start the 2018-19 season, where he currently has five points in 22 games. The Orsk, Russia native will likely juggle his time between the AHL and NHL for the rest of the season.

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5. Ty Lewis (LW, Undrafted, Signed in 2017)

Lewis joins a group of players looking to prove that you don’t need to be drafted to make a name for yourself in the pros. Lewis just came off a very successful WHL season where he put up 100 points in 70 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings and he’s currently grinding to push himself up the depth charts, with nine points in 21 games in his first AHL season.

6. Sampo Ranta (LW, 3rd Round, 78th Overall in 2018)

Drafted in the third round in 2018, Ranta is in his first NCAA season playing for the University of Minnesota with six points in 14 games thus far. The 6’2 Naantali native is gearing up to spend the majority of his prospect development with UM, and is off to a solid start when you consider his age and compare it to his point totals.

7. Shane Bowers (C, 1st Round, 28th Overall in 2017 by OTT)

Another prospect involved in the three way deal with Ottawa and Nashville, Bowers is currently playing for Boston University in his second season there and has six points in 14 games so far. Known to have a shifty game with good skating ability and a knack for getting into position to score, Bowers will look to continue his development in the NCAA before going pro.

8. Denis Smirnov (LW, 6th Round, 156th Overall in 2017)

Smirnov went undrafted for two years, likely due to his small stature at 5’8 and 185 lbs, but the Avalanche saw something in him last season and he’s currently off to a great start at Penn. State University, putting up nine points in his first 14 games. If he finishes the season strong, the Avalanche could potentially give him a shot in the AHL.

9. Igor Shvyryov (C, 5th Round, 125th Overall in 2017)

Shvyryov spent his entire career to date playing overseas in his native Russia, but the Avalanche decided they liked what they saw and opted to give him a shot playing in North America. His offense is nothing to write home anout with four points in 21 games, but some players take longer than others so he will likely spend the next few seasons in the minors.

10. Josh Dickinson (C, Undrafted, signed in 2018)

Dickinson went undrafted to begin with, but after a successful season with Clarkson University of the NCAA where he put up 26 points in 40 games, the Avs decided to give him a shot and he kicked off this season playing in their organization. The brother of Stars’ first round pick Jason Dickinson has split time between the AHL and the ECHL this season and has amassed a combined total of eight points in 18 games so far.

Thanks for reading! Tune in tomorrow where we’ll check out the crop of players looking to represent the Columbus Blue Jackets in the future.

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Author: Alex Hobson