In recent seasons, the Colorado Avalanche have drafted and developed a talented stable of forwards, including Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, all of whom are key players heading into the 2012-13 season.
These days, Colorado's pipeline is packed with goalie prospects. Within the past year, the Avalanche have signed four goaltenders with hopes of developing them into NHL-caliber stoppers. Kent Patterson and Kieran Millan were cornerstones of their college teams at Minnesota and Boston University, respectively, and Sami Aittokallio represented Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
Calvin Pickard might be the pick of the bunch, however. The former Seattle Thunderbirds goaltender set a Western Hockey League record for career saves and possesses the most NHL upside.