I don’t know why the Colorado Avalanche were a complete and utter dumpster fire last season, but they were.
Perhaps it all started going down the mountain before the first snow fall. Head Coach, Patrick Roy, resigned a month before training camp opened. Did that leave enough time to find a new coach (Jonathan Bednar) and let him strategize for the season?
How am I supposed to know?
Whatever the case, they finished the season with 48 points, last in the NHL – 21 points behind the team ahead of them.
On top of that, they couldn’t even win the draft lottery. They ended up picking 4th. What a disaster.
This is the part where I mention that when I was a kid, my favourite jacket was a Colorado Avalanche jacket. It had their huge logo stitched on the back. I loved it. Then I outgrew it and gave it to my neighbour, who I had to watch walk around wearing it.
I’m never doing that again.
Matt Duchene (C) – He wants to be traded. They had all summer to trade him and yet here we sit, a week until the season starts and he’s still on the team. He reported to training camp, but this is all for show. No chance he plays more than 10 games for them this season. Right?
Gabriel Landeskog (LW) – Landeskog was 19 when the team named him Captain in 2012. He’s now 25 and is coming off a horrendous season – 33 points. I guess that’s a theme here, though. I really don’t know what to expect from him.
Nathan MacKinnon (C) – He’s entering his 5th NHL season and is only 22. As a former 1st overall pick, he’s yet to truly break out. His best season was his rookie season.
Mikko Rantanen (RW) – He put up 20 goals as a 20-year-old last season. I guess that’s a glimmer of hope on a team that needs one.
Nail Yakupov (RW) – The former 1st overall pick finds himself on his 3rd team in 6 years. He’s been nothing short of a disappointment thus far in his career. Sorry.
Notable – Tyson Jost (C)
Tyson Barrie (26) – He is the anchor of their power-play and the brightest light on their blue line. He’s capable of a 50-point season, if the forwards are able to score this season.
Erik Johnson (29) – He was the 1st overall pick in the 2006 Draft. This team seems to have a lot of those. He’s okay, just okay.
Notable – Nikita Zadorov (22)
Jonathan Bernier (29) – He’s going from one of the best teams in the league (Anaheim), to the worst. Good luck?
Semyon Varlamov (29) – I can’t figure this guy out. He had the best year of his career in 2013-14, when he posted 41 wins, but hasn’t been able to find that success again.
What we have here are two goalies that are probably better in a backup role, but have shown “flashes of above-averageness” that give teams hope that they can be starters.
1. They haven’t made the playoffs in 8 of the last 11 seasons.
2. In 2013-14, they had 114 points and were the third best team in the NHL. They were promptly eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
3. Former Captain, Joe Sakic, is the General Manager. Joe, if you’re reading this, you should’ve traded Duchene months ago. Now you have last season bleeding over into this season, when it should’ve been wiped from everyone’s memory.
4. The Family Night ticket package includes: 4 Tickets, 4 Chicken Tenders, and 4 Pepsi, for $120. What a deal! My only question is, is it 4 Chicken Tenders per person, or 1 each?
WHAT CHRIS THINKS
Colorado Avalanche are an absolute tire fire. They have good players in Duchene, Landeskog, and MacKinnon, but their talent level falls off a cliff after that.
LAST MINUTE OF PLAY
I don’t know, man. They were supposed to be the next up and coming team in the league that was supposed to grow as their players aged. They haven’t. At all.
Landeskog, MacKinnon, and Barrie are a nice start, and Tyson Jost and Mikko Rantanen could turn into nice players, but they desperately need a goalie. No more band-aids.
I think they made a mistake trading away Ryan O’Reilly two years ago. He was a steady, two-way player that they could really use right now. But they panicked when they realized they had so many young forwards, and ended up trading away the wrong one.
They aren’t making the playoffs.
ONE WILD PREDICTION
Matt Duchene ends up in Calgary.
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