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Avalanche prospect depth analysis

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A solid piece but lacking in any real detail. Some items of correction/note: The Avs lost the rights to Hellgren, Alcen, and RDW. Parshin is a RW and Malone is primarily a LW and not an enforcer (college doesn't allow fighting). Paul Carey's struggles more stem from ice time as he was used mostly as a 3rd/4th line defensive forward his first 2 years. He still has upside. Olver is not a fringe NHLer and is only in the AHL to get him time to develop. Gaunce doesn't project as an offensive D in the NHL. Gawryletz is NOT an Avs prospect. Cann has only had one bad year since being drafted and that was last year at the AHL level as he worked to adjust to the AHL. He has played fine in the CHL/ECHL while other goalies, like Pickard's brother (yes Chet) has struggled at that level. right now the Avs are horribly thin at forward due to having a lot of "bottom six" NHLers and only a few with top 6 (Hishon, Bournival, Olver, Stoa, etc) potential.

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