Avs Off Season Thus Far

Avs Off Season Grade and What to Expect

Well the Avs are pretty much done with players acquired for the off season, and now we can look forward to camps opening up soon.  So far, I was a little hesitant on the deals made thus far, but know after letting them stew a bit I am actually excited.  I mean this was a team that around Christmas was leading the league in goal scoring, and if it hadn't been for the terrible goaltending and injuries, this team was actually a playoff team in my eyes.  Now I look at the new roster and the additions we made and I feel we are an even better team.  The biggest thing is the addition of goalies.  No matter what the cost, simply looking at the additions to the team shows the team is much better.  A tandem of Varlamov and Giguere is much better than Budaj and Elliott.  So right there the team finally has some experience and potential in their goalies and it should make a difference.  

As for the back end with the defense, finally the Avs can say they aren't undersized anymore.  The team traded away Liles, and have now replaced him with Jan Hejda.  The team now has about 4 defensmen over 6'1" and will be very tough to face this year.  But the size they added to the forwards simply with the addition of Landeskog and more recently Chuck Kobasew.  So here are what the lines will possibly look like come the preseason.

Landeskog-Duchene-Hejduk
Mueller-Stastny-Jones
Lindstrom-O'Reilly-Galiardi
Winnik-McClement-Kobasew

Johnson-Wilson
Hejda-Quincy
O'Byrne-Elliott

Varlamov
Giguere

Honestly I can say that I feel confident this team will at least make the playoffs, making the Varlamov trade a win in my eyes.  It will take that playoff birth to truly make me feel we won the trade.  

Stay tuned as rookie camps will be opening soon and I will try to bring as much coverage here in the rocky mountains.

2 Comments

George Prax's picture

That line-up doesn't look half bad but I wouldn't call it a sure thing that the Avs make the playoffs just yet. They definitely have a much better shot with Varlamov between the pipes and even Giggy backing him up. I still think they could use another forward maybe. A few injuries and they could be in deep trouble.

Russell Dornisch's picture

well George, I did forget one huge forward that will probably play in Joey Hishon, last years first round pick. He had an amazing year for the Erie Otters. Plus Iam also missing Av regulars Cody Mcleod, and Kevin Porter... On Defense I am missing Cumiskey, Hunwick, and Tyson Barrie

The team looks a lot deeper in case the injury bug hits again. I am very excited for our team this year and the youth and speed it will bring.