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Hockey's Future Looks At Top 20 Avalanche Prospects

John-Eric Iannicello has the Spring 2009 look at the bare cubbard (old joke) of the Colorado Avalanche. With TJ Hensick dropping off the list (due to age or experience?), Kevin Shattenkirk moves to #1 on the prospect list.

Overall, the list is heavy in defensemen - 7 of the 20 players are blueliners, along with 3 goalies and 10 forwards. However, none of the defensemen - save Kyle Cumiskey - appear close to being NHL ready. It looks like it could really be a strength for us in a couple of years, though.