The snow is barely falling in the Rocky Mountains, and the Colorado Avalanche only need 19 more wins to match their 2016-2017 season total. They’ve gained 1/9th the points they amassed last year already. Mind you we are only four games into the season…Who would have thought that after last season’s performance (worst record ever) and the off season turmoil with Matt Duchene, we would have anything positive to talk about. Let me tell you, after the first 4 games, the Avs are giving Denver a buzz (usually only found in Broncos football or a new microbrewery opening).
The Avs as a team look solid 4 (yes, just four) games in. They are getting production from the players that need to be producing, FINALLY! The Avs leading scorers are three players who were drafted second at worst, and Varly has been standing on his head and surprisingly hasn’t been injured yet (whoda thunk it). Matt Duchene is actually tied for the lead on the team in scoring & points (2G, 3A) and is making it hard for Sakic to let him go, especially after that Sakic esque snipe against the Bruins at home. Can we actually keep all this talent we we’re so close to parting ways with last season?
Nail Yakupov a former number one pick is doing what the Avs were hoping he would do after picking him up in free agency. He leads (with Matty) the team with 3 goals and has added 2 assists. Nathan MacKinnon has been showing off his playmaking ability with his four assists, channeling his inner FOPA. Finally, Nikita Zadorov is throwing his body around and playing some tough defense along with Erik Johnson. So it’s safe to say that this season should fare at least a tiny bit better than last season…HOLY SHIT HOW BAD WERE WE LAST YEAR?
With all the good there has to be some bad…we are talking about the Avs after all. Their special teams play has been pretty abysmal. They have given up 2 shorthanded goals and are ranked 30th in their penalty kill. If the Avs are planning on competing this season, they need to get sharper when it comes to their special teams play. Hopefully the Avs can sustain this great start (yes, I know it’s only October) and feed off of the energy from the first 4 games and parlay it into a nice little opening stretch. Coach Bednar has to be better than Roy, hell I can coach better than Roy.. but here’s to hoping he can work through the few kinks we’ve seen thus far.
At this point it is hard to be optimistic after last season… but can I say… I am. Look for my weekly breakdown as the Avalanche continue their tear through the Western Conference!
See you fuckers in June!
Barry Barotz AKA Mulletless Hockey Guy