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The Next Wave NHL
COLORADO AVALANCHE
SUMMARY
The Aves have plenty of players who profile as second line players, but need a few of them to jump to top line type players. Tyson Jost appears the best best, but there's concerns about his ability to put true top line numbers up at the NHL level. Plenty of good defensive prospects on the way.

UP
Cam Morrison had a great freshman season at Notre Dame, the big winger could add size to the Aves top 6 in a year or two, though if his production increases and skating keeps improving, that window could be shortened.

DOWN
JC Beaudin did not have the strongest rookie pro season, and thus tumbled a bit in the rankings. He's seemingly being passed pretty rapidly by others as well. 

WHO TO WATCH
Picking a player to rise up the team chart next year is tough. Marcus Pettersson does stand out a bit. He's played pro in Sweden is coming to North America, and while offense isn't his strength, his steadiness in his own end, and ability to make a first pass make him a prime candidate to rise up the rankings next year.

TEAM RANK - 21st

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