Vogt: My Projected Colorado Avalanche Opening Night Lineup

The Colorado Avalanche look somewhat totally different in comparison with the top of their Stanley Cup run. So what can we count on for the projected strains and roster subsequent month? There had been fairly a number of departures from the staff so let me begin by going over these first.

The largest key departure from the Avs needs to be, unquestionably, Nazem Kadri. Playing second line middle for almost all of the 12 months, he was a key characteristic within the offense. He was a driving power within the playoffs regardless of lacking a while as a consequence of a thumb harm. His presence and 87 factors will probably be sorely missed by the followers and the Avs. Andre Burakovsky will probably be one other departure that will probably be missed within the factors division. When he was on, he was on, utilizing that snappy wrister to earn 61 factors final 12 months. Being two-thirds of the second line does not assist both.

I do know there was a love/hate relationship with Darcy Kuemper (I favored him personally) however his means to drag wins out can even be missed. Kuemper had 37 wins regardless of accidents and COVID final season. There had been some factors the place he was one of many prime goalies within the league. Last however not least (do not chortle), Jack Johnson. he went into coaching camp combating for a PTO and ended up being the utility man for the Avs at protection. Once the season was mentioned and achieved, Johnson performed a good 74 out of 82 video games for the staff. I believed he was probably the greatest tales all year long, combating for an opportunity to remain within the league after which to win the Cup in what everybody thought can be his final 12 months.

The largest addition this low season must be former Pittsburgh Penguin Evan Rodrigues. He had a breakout 12 months, filling in spots for the injured Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Rodrigues performed wherever from the fourth line to the second line and performed some wing within the course of as nicely. Playing in all 82 video games this final 12 months for Pittsburgh, he gained a profession excessive 43 factors. He averaged slightly below 16 minutes in ice time an evening, all whereas profitable 47.4 % of his faceoffs. Rodrigues will probably be a key addition to the second line for the Colorado Avalanche this season.

Aleksandar Georgiev was the largest splash that the Avalanche made within the commerce market this summer season. The Avalanche traded three draft picks for Georgiev. He holds a .908 profession save share and permits slightly below three objectives per recreation. Pushed to the backup function when Igor Shesterkin began taking part in nicely for the New York Rangers, Georgiev requested to be traded. He performs a really related recreation to Henrik Lundqvist, in that he likes to kick the puck out to the corners. The Avalanche protection must make some changes to it, however he will probably be an important addition to the membership.

Projected Lines

Lines
LW C RW
13 Val Nichushkin 29 Nathan MacKinnon 96 Mikko Rantanen
92 Gabriel Landeskog 9 Evan Rodriguez 62 Arthur Lehkonen
18 Alex Newhook 37 JT Compher 25 Logan O’Connor
11 Andrew Cogliano 59 Ben Meyers 43 Darren Helm
D D
7 Devon Toews 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard 42 Josh Manson
4 Bowen Byram 6 Eric Johnson
G
40 Alexander Georgiev
39 Pavel Francouz

The projected strains will look similar to how the season ended final 12 months simply with a few gaps crammed in. The protection has not modified in any respect, simply the additional man that can get known as up throughout an harm, The first line will stay the identical because it ended the 12 months, as will the second. All in all, the Colorado Avalanche have a robust lineup and it is going to be one thing that may compete for one more playoff run once more this 12 months.

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