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Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, moving deeper into the Northwest Division on Thursday with the Avalanche.
Summer Skate -- Colorado Avalanche
Possibly no team in the league will have lower expectations going into the season than the Colorado Avalanche, who not only finished third-to-last in the league last season but also lost their captain to retirement and traded away their top scorer, Ryan Smyth. The Avalanche will be in full rebuilding mode, looking to see their young players develop in the hopes of becoming a competitive team in a few years.
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2009 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
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