Climbing the Mountains: Colorado Avalanche 2010-11 NHL Season Preview

September 26th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
As part of a continuing series, writer Benjamin Benya will be previewing all 30 NHL teams over the next two weeks in preparation for the 2010-2011 regular season.

Up next, the Colorado Avalanche.

Key Additions: C Daniel Winnik, G Jason Bacashihua.

Key Subtractions: D Brett Clark, D Ruslan Salei, RW Marek Svatos, RW Brian Willsie

As one of the biggest surprises in the 2009-10 regular season, the Colorado Avalanche rode early returns into the playoffs and competed mightily with the top seed San Jose Sharks. Despite their best efforts, the Avs fell short in their first quest for the Cup without names like Joe Sakic filling out the roster.

Now, a team with little expectations a year previous has larger visions of glory in the future. Whether or not coach Joe Sacco can duplicate last year’s under-the-radar performance with an almost identical team as the rest of the West makes changes remains to be seen.

Colorado’s young, upstart offense will be led by Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene, and Ryan O’Reilly. Stastny, the play-making, pass-heavy leader of the squad will center the first line with the up and coming Duchene aimin ...

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