Avalanche News NHL: The Colorado Avalanche trade talks with center Matt Duchene have died down a little bit. Avalanche fans are optimistic he may remain in Colorado.



Colorado Avalanche 2017 Season Preview



Colorado's line 1 center Matt Duchene is one of the teams best players when he is in the zone. For now, we'll assume he remains with Colorado, but I'm expecting him to get moved by the deadline at the latest.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/23/2017.




Colorado Avalanche Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Gabriel Landeskog
Left Wing
72
6-foot-1-inches
210-pounds
18
15
33
Matt Duchene
Center
77
5-foot-11-inches
200-pounds
18
23
41
Nate MacKinnon
Right Wing
64
6-foot-0-inches
195-pounds
16
37
51

Colorado Avalanche Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Sven Andrighetto
Left Wing
46
5-foot-10-inches
188-pounds
7
17
24
Tyson Jost
Center
6
5-foot-11-inches
191-pounds
1
0
1
Mikko Rantanen
Right Wing
75
6-foot-4-inches
211-pounds
20
18
38

Colorado Avalanche Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Colin Wilson
Left Wing
70
6-foot-1-inches
221-pounds
12
23
35
J.T. Compher
Center
21
6-foot-0-inches
193-pounds
5
3
8
Blake Comeau
Right Wing
77
6-foot-1-inches
202-pounds
8
12
20

Colorado Avalanche Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Matt Nieto
Left Wing
59
5-foot-11-inches
190-pounds
7
6
13
Carl Soderberg
Center
80
6-foot-3-inches
210-pounds
6
8
14
Nail Yakupov
Right Wing
40
5-foot-11-inches
195-pounds
3
6
9


Colorado Avalanche Forwards Review: Colorado had an effective first line that had a let down year and no depth last season. With Tyson Jost playing with Mikko Rantanen on the second line that changes since both of Colorado's top 10 picks from the 2015 and 2016 NHL Draft are ready to break out.


Blake Comeau is an effective third line veteran. Pairing him up with Colin Wilson who dominated in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Nashville Predators and the upcoming J.T. Compher gives Colorado promise.


Soderberg has experience on the second line since he played with Tanguay and Iginla on the second line two years ago. He will be way more effective on a fourth line though with guys like Matt Nieto and Nail Yakupov.


I love this group of forwards that Colorado has put together. With four good lines of forwards, which is rare in the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche just need their defense to step up. Last year the Avalanche was 30th in goals scored and 30th on the power play out of 30 teams. This year that is not acceptable.




Colorado Avalanche Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Tyson Barrie
Line 1
74
5-foot-10-inches
190-pounds
7
31
38
Erik Johnson
Line 1
46
6-foot-4-inches
232-pounds
2
15
17
Nikita Zadorov
Line 2
56
6-foot-5-inches
230-pounds
0
10
10
Mark Barberio
Line 2
60
6-foot-1-inches
207-pounds
2
11
13
Anton Lindholm
Line 3
12
5-foot-11-inches
191-pounds
0
0
0
Chris Bigras
Line 3
31
6-foot-1-inches
190-pounds
1
2
3


Colorado Avalanche Defensemen Review: Tyson Barrie and Erik Johnson can be an effective first line if both defensemen play 82 games. Neither player played 82 games last season and that's why its paramount for both defenders to stay healthy because if one gets injured this blue line becomes extremely suspect.


Nikita Zadorov will be the x-factor. If he signs then him and Mark Barbiero can man an effective line 2 unit. We could see combinations of Johnson and Barrie, Johnson and Zadorov, or Barrie and Zadorov on the top line with the other defender complimenting Barbiero at different points in the season.


Right now the third line is the biggest weakness for the Colorado Avalanche. That's something they need to fix moving forward.


Colorado ranked 30th in goals allowed and 29th in penalty killing. Colorado is still going to struggle defensively in some areas even if the offense improves. Again with this defense it comes down to the health of Barrie and Johnson. That's what can keep them in the hunt.




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Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Semyon Varlamov
Colorado Avalanche
23
6-17-0
1 Shutouts
.898
3.38 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Jonathan Bernier
Colorado Avalanche
33
21-7-4
2 Shutouts
.915
2.50 GAA


Colorado Avalanche Goaltender Review: Varlamov is terrible. I think the Avalanche should start Bernier. This is probably the worst goalie situation in the NHL though.




Colorado Avalanche Prospect Pool: Colorado has Cale Makar their fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He will be in the NCAA for one to two years though and may not be up until 2019.




Colorado Avalanche 2017-2018 Prediction


Colorado will be much better offensively this year if everyone of their 12 forwards can stay healthy. The defense may be slightly improved as well. The Avalanche still lack a third line of good defense and have a huge problem at goalie. That's why it is hard to see this team making the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. I think Colorado will do well enough to avoid picking in the top 5, but without a goalie they will miss the playoffs.



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