The Colorado Avalanche look to overcome the injuries that did in their 2023 Stanley Cup Playoff run as they enter the 2023-24 season.
Record: 51-24-7 (109 pts) – 1st in Central
Playoffs: Lost to Seattle in First Round
Evan Rodrigues (F – FLA), JT Compher (F – DET), Alex Newhook (F – MON), Denis Malgin (F – UFA), Lars Eller (F – PIT), Erik Johnson (D – BUF), Gabriel Landeskog (F – Injury)
Ryan Johansen (F), Jonathan Drouin (F), Miles Wood (F), Ross Colton (F), Fredrik Olofsson (F)
The Colorado Avalanche had a strong 2022-23 season, finishing with a record of 51-24-7 and accumulating 109 points. They secured the top spot in the Central Division. However, their playoff run was cut short as they were defeated by the Seattle Kraken in the First Round.
Throughout the season, the Avalanche showcased their skill and talent on the ice, and they did it without their captain Gabriel Landeskog. On top of that, the Avalanche was one of the most banged up teams in the NHL during the 2022-23 season. They would lose more man games than almost any other team in the League.
Despite the loss of their captain and being banged up for the majority of the season, the Avalanche were still a dominant presence in their division. However, they would fall to the Seattle Kraken in seven games in the first round.
Going into the 2023-24 season the Avalanche will still be without Landeskog, who will miss the entire season, but they were able to make some solid additions during the offseason. The Avalanche would shore up the center position with the additions of Ryan Johansen and Ross Colton. They would also add wingers Jonathan Drouin and Miles Wood. Wood, who will add some grit to the fourth line, and Drouin, who will be more of a restoration project, both look to contribute to the Avalanche’s success.
Looking ahead to the 2023-24 season, the Avalanche have a promising outlook. With their strong roster and potential impact players, they have the potential to have another successful season on the ice.
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