Season Preview: Colorado Avalanche depth chart
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theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.

It'll be a change in philosophy, not on-ice personnel, as over the summer, Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche management worked primarily at the margins of a roster now in the hands of head coach Jared Bednar.

Here's how the Avalanche will return under new direction this season:

LW C RW
Blake Comeau Matt Duchene Jarome Iginla
Mikhail Grigorenko Nathan MacKinnon Gabriel Landeskog
Mikko Rantanen Carl Soderberg Andreas Martinsen
Cody McLeod Joe Colborne J.T. Compfer
Gabriel Bourque John Mitchell Ben Smith
Rocco Grimaldi Rene Bourque
  • This puzzle is incomplete. There is so much room for experimentation in this lineup with versatile forwards, as well as a blend of young and old littered throughout.
  • Joe Colborne is the only real newcomer. He's a natural center, but after earning a multi-year contract from the Avalanche after a 44-point season, it's likely he'll be deployed with some playmakers.
LD RD
Francois Beauchemin Erik Johnson
Fedor Tyutin Tyson Barrie
Chris Bigras Eric Gelinas
Patrick Wiercioch Nikita Zadorov
Duncan Siemens
  • Patrick Wiercioch and Nikita Zadorov are two interesting pieces, though as it stands now, outside the top six. Both are teachable high-upside defenders on modest salaries.
G
Semyon Varlamov
Calvin Pickard
  • The Avalanche locked up their highly effective backup to a reasonable two-year extension over the summer.

NHL Depth Charts

ANA | ARI | BOS | BUF | CGY
CAR | CHI | COL | CBJ | DAL
DET | EDM | FLA | LA | MIN
MTL | NSH | NJD | NYI | NYR
PHI | PIT | OTT | STL | SJ
TB | TOR | VAN | WSH | WPG

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