Young Avalanche Look to Sustain NHL Climb

July 20th, 2010 by dan ketcham Leave a reply »
Looking back on the '09-10 season, the Colorado Avalanche had no right to be so competitive.  They were coming off a disastrous campaign. 

They had lost veteran leadership in Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth.  There were no new proven hands coming aboard. 

They were going cheap and young.  They were saddled with an old and slow defense.  Worst of all, they had an unproven goaltender. 

Yet, the Avs got out of the gate fast, held on, and never looked back.  They even threw a scare into the mighty San Jose Sharks, leading their playoff series 2-1.

Do the Avs have the horses to expect a return to the playoffs?  The Avs are young and many of these rookies played impressively at times. 

Led by Matt Duchene, this cast also includes David Jones, Brandon Yip, T.J. Galiardi, Ryan Wilson, Kyle Quincey, Kyle Cumiskey, Chris Durno, Peter Mueller, Chris Stewart, and Ryan O'Reilly. 

In fact, the Avs are so young, they manage to make Paul Stastny look like a grizzled veteran, but he's a kid too.  This year, the Avs could add in promising youngsters Ryan Stoa or ...

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