It’s been a week, friends, since we had a nice, good, well-rounded Flurries to offer.
This is, unequivocally, my fault, and I totally know it! At long last, the stomach bug passed from my kiddo to myself. Now that we’ve had our gambit of the various illnesses in a month-long span, here’s hoping that things are smooth sailing from here on out.
It’s been a fairly uneventful week in Avalanche land; the team has little in the way of needs to be filled before the draft, little in the way of coaching staff that needs to be re-evaluated (and what little still needs evaluating can’t be done until the ECHL Eagles learn their playoff fate this week), and the team is sitting pretty enough at the draft that they don’t need to do a ton of wheeling and dealing beyond interviewing the players they hope to bring home in Dallas later this month.
There’s been plenty of fun around the league, though, and some awesome draft profiles to catch up on, so let’s make sure to show you what you’ve missed:
If you haven’t kept up with the draft coverage we’ve offered here at SB Nation, here are some of the players we’ve taken a look at for Colorado to consider in a few weeks’ time.
We’ve got a look at Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, who will enter draft weekend as the youngest player in his class. [Mile High Hockey]
We’ve also got Cam Hillis - who should slip to the second round, but could pay off big if the Avalanche are patient and take him just before someone else gives in and does. [MHH]
For goaltenders, we’ll be diving into some of the mid-to late-round options that Colorado has to choose from, as they look for some security in net moving forward. To kick things off, we’ve taken a look at undersized - but incredibly positionally sound - USNTDP goaltender Drew DeRidder, who could be a steal if Colorado snags him towards the end of the draft. [MHH]
To tie in with the draft combine coverage that we’ve seen league-wide (which we’ll give you some of in a moment here), we’ve got a look at how Cale Makar did when faced with the reporters and the team personnel at his own combine just one year ago. [MHH]
Looking quickly at some Avalanche-centric coverage, here’s a great read from one of our new writers on how promising Colorado’s future seems after such a surprising season. [MHH]
Now, a quick glance league-wide!
If you have a subscription to The Athletic, this is an incredible read on how the information age has shaped the way that the Draft Combine - and other similar events - are conducted. [The Athletic NHL]
In some awesome women’s hockey news, Amanda Kessel - the best Kessel sibling there is - has re-upped with the NWHL’s Metropolitan Riveters, where she plans to continue growing the game in New Jersey. [ESPN]
The CWHL’s Markham Thunder also got to bring the Clarkson Cup to visit Justin Trudeau yesterday, which is pretty awesome in the world of pro women’s hockey:
Goaltending pioneer Florence Schelling also decided to call it quits this weekend, although quitting is far from the right word to properly describe her retirement. A look back at a career that started with the Swiss women’s national team at age-13 and spanned 11 World Championships, three Olympic games, the NCAA, women’s pro hockey in two different countries, and even some men’s pros. [InGoal Mag]
Some excellent playoff content:
Finally, a quick word about Michigan State:
I don’t want to turn this into a 2,000-word Flurries (and I’m guessing no one wants to read that, either), but the fact that DeRidder - the goaltender I think the team should snag - is committed to Michigan State made me feel it necessary to touch on what’s going on at that school right now.
As of yesterday, yet another school official - this time a health physicist on payroll - has been charged with a crime of sexual nature, this time getting slapped for bestiality (no, I’m not joking, unfortunately).
At this point, it’s almost becoming impossible to keep track of how many school officials at MSU have been investigated, charged, and sentenced for crimes of sexual nature, ranging from this current mess to the Larry Nassar horrors that put the school on the legal map what now seems like a lifetime ago.
It becomes difficult to consider what teams should do about players who are committed to a school like this. On one hand, it’s a little stomach-churning to consider making decisions regarding a young adult’s future when it seems like every other week, a member of the school’s staff is in the news for nearly unspeakable crimes. Ethically, it becomes difficult to determine whether a team can properly develop a prospect in their best interests while also keeping them safe. What if you insist they stay at school another year to develop, and they’ve approached you (or their agent) about going pro in order to escape an uncomfortable situation without having the confidence to fully divulge what’s going on? And what if, out of fear that something like that is happening, you sign a student out of school prematurely, pulling him from what you believe to be a dangerous situation when everything was fine and he could have used another season or two of college hockey? Balancing humanity and good asset management becomes a blurred line at that point, and it’s hard to comfortably talk about drafting a student headed for that environment without considering what they’re walking into.
On the other hand, a good, long-time friend of mine went to MSU - and while she feels incredibly upset at what’s going on, she experienced none of what’s being reported in the news. I’m firmly of the belief that something is broken at MSU, but not to such an extreme that all the heinous crimes are occurring on that one campus alone. The bigger problem, at this point, is how many similar crimes are going unreported at other schools while such a laser-focus is being pointed at MSU by itself; while it’s worth considering the environment a draft prospect is heading into, it’s also worth considering what we aren’t seeing at other schools.
I’m not sure what the right solution is here - but as we learn more and more about MSU, its something that society has to take the time to think about.