The Colorado Avalanche are doing all they can to bring an NHL championship to Denver this season. Don't expect the likes of Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny to give up. With a strong February, the Avalanche can work themselves into contention for the big postseason push.
Among the 12 rookies chosen this season was Colorado Avalanche sniper Gabriel Landeskog, whose decision to leave his native Sweden as a teenager to pursue hockey in Canada likely catapulted the development of his career.
Case in point--an All-Star invite in his first season.
"When I sit back and look at my decision to move to Canada at 16, it was probably the best decision of my life," Landeskog told Adrian Dater of The Denver Post. "I learned so much about myself that first year, just getting away from what was safe and secure.
"Of course, it's tough to be away from friends and family. But at the same time, for me to be living my dream now, I don't think I'd be doing that if I stayed back in Sweden. My dream was to always play in the NHL."
It hasn't been a good year for injuries for the young hopefuls in the 2012 NHL Draft.
There are bad knees in Sarnia and another in Moose Jaw. There is the surgically repaired shoulder in Peterborough, the sore groin in Belleville and a headache in executive offices across the National Hockey League, where managers have been forced to deal with a rash of injuries to many of the brightest draft-eligible prospects in junior hockey.
Three of the top five skaters — and the top goaltender — listed by NHL Central Scouting in its mid-term ranking of North American prospects are injured or recovering from long-term injury. The list of wounded runs deeper, leaving the impression that a curse has been placed upon the draft class of 2012.