Colorado Avalanche: 2017-18 season preview and expectations
To say that the Colorado Avalanche were the NHL’s comedy act last season would be an immense understatement. While the Avalanche does have a decent amount of talent, it seemed that the 2016-17 season would be one in which the players had no idea how talented they really are.
Boasting a roster with the likes of Matt Duchene as the top star, one would think that the Avalanche would have been near the top of the standings. Can the 2017-18 Colorado Avalanche turn things around?
Boasting a roster with the likes of Matt Duchene, one would think that Colorado was at the top of the standings. Matt Duchene has been the playmaker of the Avs for the last few seasons. With 155 assists in the last three seasons alone, this shows he can make every player look good.
Due to his skill, Duchene has been the subject of trade talks. Trading Duchene last season would have given Joe Sakic, the Avalanche, and the fans a boost elsewhere and something positive this season. In fact, if the trade was done correctly, the Avalanche could have gotten an even younger scoring threat
Lo and behold, Duchene is still on the roster. Actually, so is the majority of the players from the last season. While it seems to be a confusing move to keep the roster intact, there is one “what if?” question that comes to mind. What if the Avalanche are able to find better chemistry with the roster for 2017-18? Better yet, are the Avalanche’s issues even stemming from lack of chemistry?
The fans will soon find out where the Avalanche stand as the 2017-18 NHL season is just days away. With that said, here are the roster moves that Colorado management made to get prepared for the new season.
Colin Wilson: Acquired in a trade with Nashville Predators.
Jonathan Bernier: Signed 1-year contract during free agency period
Nail Yakupov: Signed 1-year contract during free agency period.
With the additions to the roster comes some subtractions Here are a list of players lost during the free agency period, this past July
Jeremy Smith: Signed 1-year, 2-way contract with Carolina.
Patrick Wiercioch: Signed 1-year contract with hometown Canucks.
The Avalanche did very little in free agency, which could be an indication that they would like the team to develop.
Conversely, it could also be an indication that some young talent is ready to make an impact in the NHL. Then again, it could be an indication management felt a big splash was impossible.
Whatever the case, the Avalanche must work hard this season so that there is a different result from last season.
Will the Avalanche be competitive in the Central Division?
There is no definite answer.
Have the Avalanche improved?
Let’s hope but we will have to wait and see.