5 Colorado Avalanche Prospects That Can Make The Jump In 2015

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1. C Joey Hishon

Apr 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Joey Hishon (38) reacts to a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) in the second period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Hishon, or “Hishon the Magician” as he was called in Owen Sound, has been struggling with injuries for his entire career, including his draft year 2010. He even missed the entire 2011-12 season due to a concussion and only appeared in nine games the following year.

However, he seems to have finally arrived. Despite playing in three of the Avalanche’s seven playoff games in 2014 against the Minnesota Wild, Hishon started the following season in Lake Erie. There his 16 goals and 35 points in 52 games and his convincing game were enough to earn him a promotion to the NHL. In 13 games for the Avalanche, Hishon could prove that he has all the tools to succeed as a pro, if he gets the chance to.

Coach Roy loves big forwards and Hishon is only 5-foot-10. But still, Hishon had him convinced enough to keep him up for the last 13 games of the 2014-15 season. If he keeps it up in training camp, there is a great chance that we will see him on the roster on opening night.

Chance of becoming a full-time Avalanche in 2015-16: 80%

Who do you think should make the jump in 2015-16? 

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