Future Watch: Colorado Avalanche Hockey Cards, trio to collectThe Colorado Avalanche is a powerhouse team in the NHL. They could easily win the Stanley Cup and they’ve been winning in the field of drafting and development. There are other players in this organization to collect aside from Cale Makar and that’s what this trio of young prospects represents.
Alex Newhook was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with the 16th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. He was a budding talent as the draft approached and it looks like the Avs got a steal.
After he scored 102 points in the BCHL with the Victoria Grizzlies, and a more than a point-per-game performance at the U18s representing Canada. His star was ascending. Newhook has speed, skill, and a great hockey I.Q.
In 2019-20, he attended Boston College. His first season there was spectacular scoring 19 goals and getting 42 points in 34 games. Those numbers are special even for today’s NCAA hockey standards. He was the Hockey East Rookie of the Year, as well as the NCAA hockey top rookie to go along with the many accolades he received after that season.
In a shortened season in 2020-21, Newhook scored 16 points in 12 games and his team won the Hockey East regular season championship. After that, he reported to the Colorado Eagles, the Avs AHL affiliate, where the center put up five goals and nine points in eight games.
Newhook got to play late in the season, for the Avs. He got three points in six games. The rookie got to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well and that story is still being written. He’s a special talent.

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Ryan Graves was drafted by the New York Rangers with the 110th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Sometimes a player can get lost in a system and that’s what happened to Graves in New York. The minute the Avalanche acquired the talented defenseman, he got more opportunity and that’s when everything changed.
Graves had a terrific CHL career including playing in the Memorial Cup with the Quebec Remparts. His team didn’t win it all, but he was voted an All-Star, mostly for his defense and shot-blocking ability.
In 2018-19, Graves played for the Avalanche and the Colorado Eagles. He looked good defensively and some offense was starting to show.
More and more offense has shown in his game to the point that in his first four playoff games in 2021, he had four points. Graves is still improving so collect him now.

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Bowen Byram was drafted fourth overall in 2019. He has a chance to be a star defenseman in this league. He’s got great skating ability, terrific vision, and high-level offense in his shot and his overall game.
He starred for the Vancouver Giants (150 points in 188 games), for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship, twice, and now the NHL and he’s only 19 going on 20. He may make his 2021 playoff debut and his ceiling is super high. All collectors should treat him as a future star.

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