All That Has Transpired: The Colorado Avalanche

Published on August 27th, 2011

All That Has Transpired: The Colorado Avalanche

We’re going to take a look each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as-well-as up-and-comers.

Today we take a look at the Colorado Avalanche

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COLORADO AVALANCHE

2010-11 Season: 30-44-8, 68 points
(Fourth place Northwest Division, Fourteenth place Western Conference)

Additions:
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Semyon Varlamov
Chuck Kobasew
Jan Hejda
Shane O’Brien

Subtractions:
Brian Elliott (St. Louis Blues)
Peter Budaj (Montreal Canadiens)
Adam Foote (Retired)
John-Michael Liles (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Tomas Fleischmann (Florida Panthers)

Up-and-comers:
Gabriel Landeskog

Last season looked fantastic for Colorado.  With a push for another playoff run in January, the Avalanche seemed to be ready to be serious Cup contenders.  However, a slew of injuries and the blow of watching Peter Forsberg’s attempted comeback was thwarted by a nagging foot sent the Avalanche spiraling downward.

Top prospect and second overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, Gabriel Landeskog could be a huge boost to Colorado. (Courtesy NHL.com)

The Avs have had a promising off season.  Second overall pick Gabriel Landeskog has the potential to break Colorado’s roster.  His 36 goals and plus-27 rating in 56 games with Kitchener are stats that should have Avalanche fans taking notice.

Having a top prospect heading to training camp won’t be enough for Colorado to be able to compete in the West this year, though.  Their core players are going to have to continue to step up, but they’re also going to have to avoid injury.  Matt Duchene has the potential to be a 30 goal scorer and the Avalanche are going to need that.

Matt Duchene could easily hit a 30 goal year this year. The Avalanche could use it. (Courtesy CBS Denver)

Paul Stastny might have had a scoring slump, but he’s still a dependable forward.  If he is able to pull out another 20+ goal year and Landeskog lives up to his potential in his rookie year, the Avs could have a powerful combination up front.

Colorado has the ability to pull back to the level they were at before the nightmares started last season.  What remains to be seen is if they’re able to do something with all their potential.

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