The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - March 28th, 2014

Doug Pensinger

Ryan O'Reilly still has managed to play without getting a penalty minute.

The hockey penalty box has defined many careers in the NHL over the years. Overly aggressive defensive play, a high stick, or even the fan favorite fight will give almost every NHL player time in the penalty box at one point during the season. Unless you're Ryan O'Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche who hasn't spent one minute in the box this season.

"It's a lot of good luck. I think obviously there are some times where maybe I could've gotten away with one," O'Reilly said Wednesday. "I don't think about it too much, it's obviously not a great stat to have. It would be nice to have a fight or two to make me look a little tougher," he continued.

O'Reilly's 70 game streak without a penalty is currently 7th all-time.

Hockey's Future looks at some Avalanche prospects.

In the last four drafts, the Colorado Avalanche only selected a combined six players from the USHL, a pipeline to the NCAA, and European junior leagues. To date, only four of those players still remain a part of the Avalanche organization.

Two of the Avalanche picks from the USHL from 2013, Will Butcher and Ben Storm, are playing as true freshman for their respective college teams and Luke Moffatt, drafted in 2010, is a senior.

Moffatt, Nate Condon, and Gus Young, all seniors, will have the choice of signing with Colorado if the Avalanche choose to offer a contract or enter unrestricted free agency and sign with another NHL team at the conclusion of their seasons.

Wilhelm Westlund remains the Avalanche’s only prospect playing overseas.

What happens when there are no blades in a NHL'ers skate? They look hilarious! (There is video, ad comes on automatically, but with no volume)

Mike Cammalleri has been an NHL player since 2002. He has spent quite a lot of time wearing skates. So one would think he would notice if his skates were missing the one thing that makes them, well, skates.

Cammalleri proved that assumption wrong on Saturday night, when he took the ice for the Calgary Flames’ game against the Edmonton Oilers without blades in his skates.

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