5 Worst Avalanche/Nordiques Draft Classes of All-Time

5 Worst Avalanche/Nordiques Draft Classes of All-Time

April 1st, 2020 The Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques hit home runs on some of their drafts, particularly in the first round. However, not every draft turned into a pot o’ gold. In fact, the franchise managed a few stinkers, regardless of location. Here are the five worst drafts ever in franchise history....
Avalanche/Nordiques Top 10 Goal Scorers All-Time

Avalanche/Nordiques Top 10 Goal Scorers All-Time

March 30th, 2020 Have you ever wondered who the top goalscorers are in Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise history? Wonder no more. The franchise has had an interesting history that boasts some Hall of Fame names. Here are the top-10 goalscorers for the franchise. 1.Joe Sakic – 625 Goals Joe...

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March 14th, 2020
Avalanche Goaltending

The Colorado Avalanche have depth in net with six goaltenders between the NHL and their AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles. Philipp Grubauer began the season as the starter with Pavel Francouz as the backup. In most cases, that’s all the goaltending a team would need, but not this season and not for the Avalanche. Injuries have pushed five of the six goalies into NHL games this season. Grubauer/Francouz Tandem The Avs' top two netminders have split starts due to injury and scheduling. Grubauer has played 36 games with a .916 save percentage (SV%) which ranks 17th in the league for the 2019-20 season. He started all but four games at the beginning of the season until he was injured on Nov. 5 against the Dallas Stars and missed five games.  Philipp Grubauer, Colorado Avalanche (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The 28-year-old German-born netminder was acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals before the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He played 37 games in the...
March 12th, 2020
Colorado Avalanche

With over 220 games under his belt, it's easy to forget that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard is only 21 years old. His NHL experience at such a young age has contributed to his steady improvement over three seasons. Now, he has become a staple on the team's blue line. He has not only increased his offensive output but has also been given more defensive responsibility. He has developed into the player the Avalanche hoped and needed. Trade from the Nashville Predators Girard's skating ability and offensive talent made him an attractive pick for the Nashville Predators who selected him in the second round, 47th overall. He only played five games for the Predators before being traded to the Avalanche in a three-team deal involving the Ottawa Senators. In his short time with the Preds, he notched one goal and three points, including his first goal in his second NHL game. The Quebec native had raw offensive skills. Girard made a name for himself in his five games with...
March 7th, 2020
Avalanche Goaltending

The Colorado Avalanche have had an extremely strong and successful season to date. Goaltending has been an indispensable component of the Avalanche’s climb to the top of the standings. Starter Philipp Grubauer and backup Pavel Francouz form a formidable one-two punch in net that allows the Avalanche to capitalize on their speed and offensive talent. Related: Quebec Nordiques – A History of Beer, Brawls, and Van Halen When the Avalanche acquired Grubauer from the Washington Capitals, they needed a netminder who could instill confidence in the team in front of him. Now, almost two years later, he has provided the elite goaltending the Avalanche hoped he could to solidify the team into playoff and Stanley Cup contenders. Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier Following an abysmal 48-point season in 2016-17, the Avalanche hoped that starting goalie Semyon Varlamov would rebound the following season. To some degree, he did. Varlamov started 47 games in 2017-18 and went...
March 7th, 2020
Long Read

How did the Colorado Avalanche transform themselves from one of the league’s worst teams, with 48 points in 2016-17, to contending for the top seed in the Western Conference in three short years? Changes. Lots and lots of changes. And it all started with current general manager Joe Sakic. The Perfect Storm – 2016-17 season Once upon a time, in an Avalanche corporate office far, far away, a frustrated front office hired two former stars to help re-establish the hockey club as a contender. In the spring of 2013, the powers that be expanded Sakic’s role (he had spent the previous two years with the team in an advisory capacity) while also hiring fiery former All-Star goaltender Patrick Roy to coach the team. Part of the arrangement included an unusual deal – both had the power to determine personnel. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy both had input on the Avalanche's personnel decisions. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) Flash forward to the disappointing end of the 2016...