Matt Duchene. Source: Hockeyworldblog.com

Around The NHL In 30 Days: Going Mile High In Colorado

The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network are now on day seven of our NHL season preview.  I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season.  Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews.   It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs.  Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals without tearing up their city….again.

Today Stephen Crociata from Mile High Sticking talks about how the Colorado Avalanche are expected to rebound from the worst season in their history, and get themselves back to the playoffs.  The addition of Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere provides one of the best goalie tandems in the game.  Provided that Jiggy stays healthy, as he struggled with his health during his brief stint in Toronto, and Varlamov shows that he’s ready to assume a number one role.  There are a lot of questions about Colorado, but none more interesting as what’s in store for first round pick Gabriel Landeskog.  Will he make enough of an impression to be on the opening night roster or not?

Stephen’s opening comments:

Last season was the worst season in Avalanche franchise history, and that is not figuratively it is 100% literal. The Avalanche in 2010-11 posted the fewest total points in franchise history thanks in large part to a disgraceful second half of the season, which saw them  win rarely during the final four months of the season. The Avs had no business not being the worst team in hockey last year, but they are lucky enough to not only be in the same conference as Edmonton they are in the same division as well. Allowing them to avoid last place in the NW. Yet despite the fact I have completely ripped my team a new one I wouldn’t change a thing about last season. Why? Gabriel Landeskog.

Colorado has always been a team that I’ve enjoyed watching going back to the days of Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic.  Yes, this Avalanche team swept the Florida Panthers in their only Stanley Cup appearance back in 1996, but for the most part, I don’t find them to be as aggravating as Vancouver Pittsburgh Detroit some other teams.  They have some young players that I like as well, such as Matt Duchene, Paul Stasny,  and David Jones.  Problem is they play in the tough Western Conference, so making the playoffs is a tall order in my mind.  At least for this season.

You can read the full preview at Mile High Sticking here.

Tomorrow it’s all about Union Blue and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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