Season Preview: Colorado Avalanche depth chart
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:
|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.
|Francois Beauchemin||Erik Johnson|
|Fedor Tyutin||Tyson Barrie|
|Chris Bigras||Eric Gelinas|
|Patrick Wiercioch||Nikita Zadorov|
- 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.
- The Avalanche locked up their highly effective backup to a reasonable two-year extension over the summer.