Prospect Weekly: Last Rites

The Colorado Eagles enjoyed a brief postseason in the Pacific Division tournament. Justin Barron was the hero in overtime for the Eagles in their first play-in game which eliminated the red hot Ontario Reign with a 5-4 final score. Sampo Ranta got the play started with a heads up breakout pass, too. Barron finished the night with two assists for a three point effort.


Unfortunately the Eagles couldn’t follow up that performance the next night and were eliminated by the San Jose Barracuda 5-1. The lone goal was scored by Sampo Ranta with some nifty hands in front of the goal. Both Ranta and Barron should feature heavily for the Eagles, and if the stars align Avalanche, next season.


Justus Annunen finally joined the Eagles after his immigration paperwork got figured out started games back-to-back in the regular season finale with a 0-1-1 record. He also started in the second “postseason” game but could not pull out the victory.


Alex Beaucage had a monster weekend a couple weeks back scoring the opening goal in a 9-3 rout which sent Victoriaville to the QMJHL semi-finals. In that best-of-five series Beaucage scored 11 points including three goals after having to sit out round one due to contact tracing protocols. He followed up that performance with a goal to tie game one of the semi-finals and now the Tigres are on to the QMJHL finals. Beaucage is currently the only prospect still playing and his performance in those finals will be recapped as soon as they conclude.


The Avalanche now have just seven days to sign Beaucage to an Entry Level Contract before his rights expire on June first. Considering he’s torn through the playoffs at near a 2.0 point-per-game pace some organization will be interested in his services for the upcoming season. The same situation applies to Sasha Mutala and Trent Miner. All three would go back into the NHL Entry Draft in July before becoming free agents if they go unselected.

This is the conclusion of the Colorado Avalanche weekly prospect report. Thank you for following along and reading. We now turn the page to the draft and gearing up for the next prospect season across the globe with a watchful eye on new and returning players.


Aka tigervixxxen, prospect junkie.

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