Colorado Avalanche: August 30 in 30

Hayden Soboleski

2016-08-08

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The mantra of players and management in Colorado this season: This is the year.

 

This is the year the Avalanche will either take a step forward with a better supporting cast than they've had in years, or fail once again to compete amongst the Western Conference elite, signalling the need for bigger changes. Good news for fans: the organization is heading in the right direction when it comes to drafting and stockpiling useful prospects, meaning the NHL squad should have no problem fillling out its roster for the next 3-4 years. Lets take a look at the talent pipeline. I've included players who I consider prospects with long term fantasy potential, either with no NHL experience or very minimal NHL experience and still on entry-level contracts:

 

                                                    Depth Chart (includes drafted but unsigned prospects):

LEFT WING

CENTER

RIGHT WING

Cameron Morrison

AJ Greer

Turner Elson

Sam Henley

Travis Barron

 

 

 

Tyson Jost

Rocco Grimaldi

JC Beaudin

Julien Nantel

Gustav Olhaver

Reid Petryk

 

 

Mikko Rantanen

JT Compher

Josh Anderson

Troy Bourke

 

 

 

 

LEFT DEFENSE

RIGHT DEFENSE

Chris Bigras

Sergei Boikov

Mason Geertsen

Will Butcher

Duncan Siemens

Anton Lindholm

Andrei Mironov

 

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