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Morning Flurries: Colorado Avalanche prospect Cale Makar is a game-changer for UMass

and the entire Avalanche organization flies to Vegas to scout Vadim Shipachyov

Boston Bruins v Colorado Avalanche
Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche plays the Boston Bruins
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Good morning!

Colorado heads to Las Vegas to play the Knights in their barn. Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar speaks to the media post-practice on thursday afternoon. Bednar notes that Semyon Varlamov will start and J.T. Compher might be about three weeks away.

Cale Makar is the corner-stone piece behind UMass’s shot at a championship. “When I accepted the job at UMass, the first thing my AD said was ‘You need to get on the phone and call Cale Makar.’ And, that’s what I did.” - Head Coach Greg Carvel. [Boston Herald]

Vadim Shipachyov to the Avalanche? Tom Hunter dives into the feasibility. “Like with Nail Yakupov this past summer, this would be a low-risk move with a potentially high reward. With a 5-4 record, the Avs have been exceeding expectations this season, bringing in another elite offensive threat would add a little more depth to a team that relies heavily on scoring from a handful of players.” [Mile High Hockey]

In the Prospect Report, @ElSeldo notes that a Conor Timmins and Ty Lewis are pulling ahead as go-to guys on their teams. “Conor Timmins and Ty Lewis continued to be superstars for their teams, knocking out six and five points each last week. The rest were good. The WHL kids are still mostly injured and the college kids were cracking the books, aside from Smirnov who racked up four points.” [Mile High Hockey]

The Vancouver Canucks are not a great team but they are finding success with a newly-found shutdown line of Brandon Sutter, Derek Dorsett, and Markus Granlund. “Green’s taken this team and dispersed talent evenly through all four lines. Playing his checking line top line minutes is an interesting strategy that hasn’t been seen in this market arguably ever, but at least since Manny Malhotra and Ryan Kesler were playing on the 2011 squad.” [Nucks Misconduct]

Florida Panthers youngester Owen Tippett scored his first career NHL goal! Congrats to Owen and here’s to many more in his career (now, send him back to Mississauga, please. We need him desperately).

Dimitri Filipovic talks to Craig Custance on the Hockey PDOcast about NHL coaches, opening the curtain when it comes to who they are as people and how they handled (and in some ccases are still handling) big moments in sports. [PDOcast]

I highly recommend listening to as many of these as you can, they are gold-mines for information about the game.

The “should the Maple Leafs have drafted Noah Hanifin” storyline has arrived in the wake of Mitch Marner being played on the fourth line. “At 20 years old, Hanifin is already in his third NHL campaign, and while he hasn’t lit the world on fire yet and turned heads with consistency, his game has been strong for a young player.” [Sportsnet]

At least this Frederik Andersen save was pretty good. [Reddit]