November 31-in-31: Colorado Avalanche

Hayden Soboleski

2020-11-08

 

The 31-in-31 Summer Series is an annual event here at DobberProspects! Every day in November we will be bringing you a complete breakdown of a team’s draft and insights into their off-season movements thus far. Following this up, the December 31-in-31 Series will dive into every team’s prospect depth charts with fantasy insights and implications for the upcoming seasons. Check back often, because we plan on filling your hockey withdrawal needs until the season begins!

 

 

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Colorado’s competitive window is wide open. They have one of the best players in the NHL, the reigning Calder Trophy winner, and a deep roster of versatile players with skill and bite. If it was not for both goaltenders (and a handful of players) suffering playoff injuries they would have made it to the Conference Finals or further. As a result, their draft picks are relatively low and scarce compared to a few years ago and their off-season moves are more about adding depth and not about shake-ups or clearing room for prospects. That being said, every move and every pick counts when building a competitive club, so let us start with a draft recap.

 

 

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DRAFT RECAP

 

Round 1, 28th overall: Justin Barron, D

The 6th defenseman off the board in the 2020 Entry Draft, Barron is the captain of the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL. He missed a big chunk of last season due to blood clots which is an obvious red flag, but this is not unheard of in the NHL and clearly was not severe enough to scare th