Colorado Avalanche Will be an Elite Team in the Near Future
The Colorado Avalanche have come a long way over the past couple of years. Especially after having the worst record in the NHL in 2016-2017. Colorado made it to the playoffs the following year as the eighth seed. Although they lost in six games in the first round against the Nashville Predators.
This year, the Avalanche were the eighth seed again but this time they upset the Calgary Flames in five games. Colorado also took the San Jose Sharks to a seventh game but lost in the second-round.
The Colorado Avalanche could be a team to be reckoned with for a long time. Jared Bednar is proving himself well as an NHL coach. They have been improving each season.
Colorado will have the fourth pick from the Ottawa Senators in the 2019 NHL Draft. Players like centerman Dylan Cozens, defenseman Bowen Byram, centerman Kirby Dach, or centerman Alex Turcotte would be available in that slot.
They could use another centerman to provide more depth for this team. However, it would be a bold move to draft Byram. The Colorado Avalanche already have Samuel Girard and Cale Makar on the back end, but adding Byram to that as well would be very good.
The Colorado Avalanche will also have the 16th overall pick in the first-round. Some of the key players they could find in that slot is defenseman Philip Broberg, centerman Ryan Suzuki, defenseman Thomas Harley, centerman Raphael Lavoie, or Moritz Seider.
Philipp Grubauer proved during the playoffs that he is the number one goalie of this team moving forward. Grubauer was acquired in a trade from the Washington Capitals last offseason. He started in two playoff games for Washington the year before and it didn’t last well for him.
This is more of a fit for him in Colorado. This team also needs to find another depth scorer in free agency. The Colorado Avalanche have the potential to reach the playoffs every year for easily the next five to seven years and maybe more. They could have a big championship window.
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