I’m just going to say it right off the bat; it doesn’t look good for the Avalanche anytime soon. They ended last in the West this past season, and I didn’t see many improvements.
First of all, their defense is horrible, and they traded away physical defensive defenseman Shane O’Brien for another forward in Alex Tanguay. It wasn’t the smartest move in my opinion.
The Avalanche drafted Nathan McKinnon, who will be a superstar, but I think they could’ve used Seth Jones more. The goaltending they have isn’t enough to carry the team, which was proven by the 152 goals they allowed last season.
I don’t see a playoff run until they fix their defense.