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Projecting Lines: Colorado Avalanche

It is that time of year… just a few months out from the beginning of October which means the start of a new NHL season. This offseason was a busy one, so this series will tackle the projecting starting lineups for each NHL team.

Colorado Avalanche

Forwards

Coming off statistically their worst season EVER there is only room for improvement for the young avalanche squad. I can’t complain about the low key additions that Sakic made this off season, but not trading Duchene was a huge mistake. The rebuild or retool needs to happen and Nail is not the answer. Despite the lack of production, the Avalanche have a decent forward prospect pool. Compher, Rantanen, and Jost should all be set to make the opening day roster. As a fan – this excites me.

L, C, R

Tyson Jost, Matt Duchene, Sven Andrighetto

Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan Mackinnon, Miko Rantanen

Carl Soderberg, JT Compher, Blake Comeau

Nail Yakupov, Colin Wilson, Matt Nieto

Defense

Oh boy, this D core is tortious to look at. The only bright spark on the defense would be their offensive juggernaut, Tyson Barrie. Other than that there is not much to look forward to… yes, they have Erik Johnson – but year after year he seems to disappoint. Well at least this year he has some company as a terrible 1st overall selection.   

L, R

Nikita Zadorov, Tyson Barrie

Andrei Mironov, Erik Johnson

Chris Bigras, Nicolas Meloche

*Duncan Siemens, Mark Barberio

Another sad face for the Avalanche – losing their star prospect Calvin Pickard in the expansion draft… ouch. But hey, they signed Johnathan Bernier! Another head scratcher, I do not understand what the organization is thinking by taking risks on washed up players. Let’s hope for a bounce back season for this poor Avalanche roster. Not to mention they were shafted all the way down to the 4th overall pick after amassing the lowest point total for any team last season (by 21 points).

Semyon Varlamov

Johnathan Bernier

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