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What Nathan MacKinnon and Co. bring to the Avs this year – The Denver Post

Sven Andrighetto (10) of the Colorado ...

Here’s a take a look at the Colorado Avalanche‘s roster heading into the season and what every participant brings to the desk. The Avs open their schedule at 7 p.m. Thursday by internet hosting the Minnesota Wild.

FORWARDS

No. 10. Sven Andrighetto
LW, 5-10/188 (Zurich, Switzerland)
Sven Andrighetto (10) of the Colorado ...

AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Sven Andrighetto (10) of the Colorado Avalanche fights for management of his stick to Ryan Hartman (38) of the Nashville Predators throughout the second interval on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Colorado Avalanche hosted the Nashville Predators.

Andrighetto, 25, performed simply 50 video games and scored solely eight objectives in an injury-plagued 2017-18. He missed vital time with a leg ailment but in addition was typically a wholesome scratch. Andrighetto is able to being a second-line winger however is on injured reserve with one other lower-body damage getting into the last of his two-year, $2.eight million contract.

No. 15. Sheldon Dries
C/LW, 5-9/185 (Macomb Township, Mich.)
Colorado Avalanche center Sheldon Dries (15) ...

Sam Hodde, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche middle Sheldon Dries (15) stretches throughout warmups of a preseason NHL hockey recreation towards the Dallas Stars, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Dallas.

Dries, 24, performed 4 years at Western Michigan earlier than signing a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars as an undrafted free agent, and serving to the AHL’s Texas Stars advance to the Calder Cup Ultimate towards Toronto. Dries by no means performed for Dallas final season and signed with Colorado on July 2. He made the staff over fellow rookie Logan O’Connor, 22, however may be a part of O’Connor with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles when Andrighetto returns from damage. Nonetheless, Dries has been spectacular and is sure to play extra video games in the NHL this season than the AHL.

No. 11. Matt Calvert
LW, 5-11/186 (Brandon, Manitoba)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Calvert ...

Sam Hodde, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Calvert (11) skates with the puck throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation towards the Dallas Stars, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Dallas.

Calvert, 28, was acquired July 1 in free company from the Columbus Blue Jackets, with whom he performed his first eight seasons for. Calvert replaces Blake Comeau, 31, who signed with the Dallas Stars. Calvert shouldn’t be an enormous scorer however an incredible skater and penalty killer — plus a superb teammate. He signed a three-year cope with a $2.85 million annual cap hit regardless of by no means enjoying a full 82-game season in the NHL.

No. 13. Alex Kerfoot
C/LW, 5-10/175 (Vancouver, B.C.)
Colorado Avalanche center Alexander Kerfoot (13) ...

Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche middle Alexander Kerfoot (13) scores towards Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Denver.

Kerfoot, 24, was the Avs’ fourth-leading goal-scorer (19) and fifth-leading level producer (43) as a rookie, and he led the complete NHL in capturing proportion (23.Four) in 2017-18. The Harvard graduate realizes he wants to shoot extra, and he’s pegged as the second-line middle. Kerfoot is predicted to proceed to develop together with a handful of different second-year forwards — the key to this workforce’s success. Kerfoot is in the ultimate year of his entry-level contract as a university free agent.

No. 17. Tyson Jost
C, 5-11/191 (St. Albert, Alberta)
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Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche middle Tyson Jost (17) strikes the puck towards Dallas Stars defenseman Julius Honka (6) throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Denver.

The 20-year-old Jost missed 17 video games to damage however nonetheless produced 12 objectives and 22 factors in a season he was not pleased with. He strives to be the greatest ahead on the workforce and provided that he was on the No. 1 energy play in the final half of the season, he is perhaps on monitor to get there. Jost has gained appreciable weight and power in the offseason and will start as the Avs’ second-line left wing. Jost has two years remaining on his entry-level contract.

No. 22. Colin Wilson
C/LW, 6-1/221 (Greenwich, Conn.)
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Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Minnesota Wild proper wing Mikael Granlund (64) strikes previous Colorado Avalanche middle Colin Wilson (22) throughout the second interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Denver.

Wilson is Colorado’s fourth highest-paid ahead however the 28-year-old might be in his remaining year in the NHL. Chosen No. 7 general by Nashville in the 2007 draft, Wilson had simply six objectives in 56 video games final season — his first in Colorado after being acquired from the Predators for a fourth-round draft decide July 1, 2017. Wilson has a heavy physique and is an effective teammate however he in all probability gained’t see a lot time in the prime six or on the energy play as the youthful Avs forwards achieve expertise. Wilson, nevertheless, will start the season as the second-line proper winger.

No. 29. Nathan MacKinnon
C, 6-Zero/205 (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) ...

Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche middle Nathan MacKinnon (29) strikes the puck towards the Minnesota Wild throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Denver.

The Hart Trophy (NHL MVP runner-up in June took his recreation to the celebrity degree final season and, given his age (23) and expertise in the league (5 seasons, 374 video games), MacKinnon might commonly strategy 40 objectives and 100 factors all through his profession’s foreseeable future. He led Colorado in nearly each statistical class final season, together with 39 objectives and 97 factors. He additionally had six factors (three objectives) in six playoff video games. MacKinnon is certainly a franchise participant and the membership’s greatest ahead since Milan Hejduk.

No. 34. Carl Soderberg
C, 6-Three/210 (Malmo, Sweden)
Colorado Avalanche center Carl Soderberg celebrates ...

David Zalubowski, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche middle Carl Soderberg celebrates after scoring a aim towards the Arizona Coyotes in the first interval of an NHL hockey recreation Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Denver.

Soderberg, 32, who’s the Avs’ oldest participant, resurrected his profession final season after a disappointing 2016-17 and serving as a wholesome scratch on opening night time a year in the past. The soft-spoken Swede completed with 16 objectives — matching his profession excessive from 2013-14 with Boston — and was a main penalty killer and member of the second power-play unit. Soderberg was Colorado’s second-line middle final season however will possible play in the center on the third- or fourth strains.

No. 37. J.T. Compher
C/RW, 6-Zero/193 (Northbrook, Ailing.)
Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher ...

John Locher, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights proper wing Alex Tuch throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Compher, 23, enters his second NHL season as Colorado’s third-line middle however might additionally quickly turn out to be the second-line proper wing. The Avs won’t instantly make up their second line with second-year forwards however Compher appears able to a top-six position together with Kerfoot and Jost. Compher had 13 objectives in 69 video games final season and was notably efficient offensively as a penalty killer — he was a constant menace shorthanded.

No. 47. Dominic Toninato
C/RW, 6-2/200 (Duluth, Minn.)
Colorado Avalanche center Dominic Toninato (47) drives the puck behind Vancouver Canucks goal and defenseman Ben Hutton (27), left, during the first period of the Avalanche game at Pepsi Center on Feb. 26, 2018 in Denver.

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Colorado Avalanche middle Dominic Toninato (47) drives the puck behind Vancouver Canucks objective and defenseman Ben Hutton (27), left, throughout the first interval of the Avalanche recreation at Pepsi Middle on Feb. 26, 2018 in Denver.

The second-year professional, 24, is competing with Sheldon Dries for the 12th and ultimate ahead spot in the lineup. Toninato cut up his time between the the Avs and the AHL San Antonio Rampage final year, failing to rating in 37 video games with the huge membership. Toninato isn’t going to be an enormous scorer however the former Minnesota-Duluth captain is a hard-working and reliable bottom-six ahead.

No. 57. Gabriel Bourque
LW, 5-10/206 (Rimouski, Quebec)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Bourque ...

Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Bourque (57) flies by way of the air after knocking Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser (39) to the ice throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Denver.

Bourque, 28, is a robust forechecker and defensive participant. He has vital NHL expertise — 306 video games — and not often will get injured. He’ll begin the season as the fourth-line proper wing however can play anyplace in the lineup due to his measurement and velocity. Bourque re-signed with the Avs on a one-year deal somewhat than check the market as an unrestricted free agent.

No. 83. Matt Nieto
LW, 5-11/190 (Lengthy Seashore, Calif.)
Colorado Avalanche's Matt Nieto, left, moves ...

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Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Nieto, left, strikes the puck underneath strain by Los Angeles Kings’ Paul LaDue throughout the first interval of an NHL hockey recreation Monday, April 2, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Nieto is coming off a career-high 15 objectives final season and re-signed with Colorado on a two-year contract value $Three.95 million. The 25-year-old speedster will start the season as the fourth-line left winger however can play anyplace in the lineup. Nieto and middle Carl Soderberg have performed collectively since each got here out of coach Jared Bednar‘s doghouse early last season and they finished on the club’s second line with Blake Comeau, who’s now with the Dallas Stars.

No. 92. Gabe Landeskog
LW, 6-1/215 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog ...

Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog dives to transfer the puck towards the Minnesota Wild throughout the third interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Denver.

The Avs’ captain, 25, was third on the workforce in objectives (25) and factors (62) in the common season and led the membership with 4 objectives and seven factors in six playoff video games towards Nashville. Landeskog is a real NHL energy ahead and chief and counts as a 3rd of one in every of the greatest strains in the league. Search for one other massive year from the affable and well-rounded Swede.

No. 96. Mikko Rantanen
RW, 6-Four/215 (Nousiainen, Finland)
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AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Roman Josi (59) of the Nashville Predators defends Mikko Rantanen (96) of the Colorado Avalanche throughout the first interval on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The Colorado Avalanche hosted the Nashville Predators.

A star was born final season as Rantanen, 21, carved up defenses with 29 objectives and 84 factors, lacking only one recreation to damage. He’s massive, quick and expert with the puck — notably harmful from the proper circle. Rantanen, who turns 22 this month, enters the last year of his entry-level contract and will make celebrity cash if he continues on his star-studded trajectory. He and MacKinnon and Landeskog once more make up certainly one of the NHL’s prime strains.

DEFENSE

No. Four. Tyson Barrie
RD, 5-10/190 (Victoria, B.C.)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) ...

Sam Hodde, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (Four) skates with the puck throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation towards the Dallas Stars, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Dallas.

Barrie, 27, is once more paired with Nikita Zadorov at even power and quarterbacks the No. 1 energy play. He had a terrific preseason and appears as assured with the puck as ever. Search for Barrie to take his puck-moving recreation to a better degree this season as the Avs’ whole offense improves. Barrie is a high-risk, high-reward participant however his defensive recreation is coming round.

No. 6. Erik Johnson
RD, 6-Four/225 (Bloomington, Minn.)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, right, ...

David Zalubowski, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, proper, checks Winnipeg Jets middle Marko Dano, of Austria, as they pursue the puck in the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Denver.

The Avs’ alternate captain, 30, will once more start the season on the prime pairing, this time with second-year man Sam Girard. Johnson’s minutes may lower this season as a result of he’s not on a power-play unit, however he’ll once more play massive minutes and kill penalties alongside newcomer Ian Cole. The key for Johnson is to stay wholesome; he has missed 100 regular-season video games the final 4 years.

No. 12. Patrik Nemeth
LD, 6-Three/219 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) ...

John Locher, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) and Vegas Golden Knights middle Cody Glass (9) vie for the puck throughout the third interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Nemeth led the Avs with a plus-27 score final season, his first with the membership after being picked up on waivers from Dallas. Nemeth, 26, signed a one-year contract value $2.5 in the offseason and is betting that if he duplicates his 2017-18 season, he’ll get a much bigger, long-term deal. He’ll start the season enjoying with Cole on Colorado’s clear-cut shutdown pairing.

No. 16. Nikita Zadorov
LD, 6-5/230 (Moscow, Russia)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov (16) eyes the puck under pressure from Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) in the second period during the third game of round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 16, 2018.

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov (16) eyes the puck underneath strain from Nashville Predators middle Kyle Turris (eight) in the second interval throughout the third recreation of spherical certainly one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Middle on April 16, 2018.

Zadorov had a roller-coaster season final year, reporting to camp late and out of practice and being scratched opening night time. He was then benched a number of occasions for lengthy stretches. However “Big Z” looks like a greater professional now and had a terrific preseason. At 23, he’s coming into his personal as considered one of the league’s largest hitters, and a trusted defensive-defenseman whereas paired with Tyson Barrie, who all the time has the inexperienced mild to bounce into the offensive zone. Zadorov is an enormous purpose why Colorado has its greatest blue line in additional than 10 years.

No. 28. Ian Cole
LD, 6-1/219 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle (3) ...

Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Minnesota Wild middle Charlie Coyle (Three) strikes the puck between Colorado Avalanche’s Ian Cole (28) and Matt Calvert (11) throughout the second interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Denver.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins completed final season with the Columbus Blue Jackets and signed as a free agent with the Avs on July 1, making $Four.25 million this season and the subsequent two. He solidifies an already strong blue line and his expertise might be invaluable. Cole, 29, provides worry to opposing forwards — a component Colorado now has in droves. He’s additionally a superb teammate and nice spokesman.

No. 44. Mark Barberio
LD, 6-1/200 (Montreal, Quebec)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio (44) ...

Sam Hodde, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio (44) skates with the puck throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation towards the Dallas Stars, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Dallas.

Barberio missed greater than 30 video games due to accidents final season however at occasions performed in the second pairing. He’s Colorado’s seventh D-man — a wholesome scratch Thursday — however that simply speaks to the workforce’s depth. Barberio, 28, is a wonderful skater and puck mover and will get his time in the lineup as quickly as the first damage unfolds. Barberio, together with Nemeth, are examples of terrific waiver-wire pickups. Barberio was claimed off waivers from Montreal late in the 2016-17 season.

No. 49. Sam Girard
LD, 5-10/180 (Roberval, Quebec)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49) ...

Sam Hodde, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49) and Dallas Stars left wing Blake Comeau (15) battle for the puck throughout the first interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Dallas.

Girard, 20, survived a daunting automotive accident over the summer time and gained greater than 15 kilos of excellent weight to start his second year. He’s a superb skater and a magician with the puck, which is why he can play protection at his measurement. Girard’s in all probability Colorado’s greatest puck-mover out of the defensive zone and he quarterbacks the second power-play unit. He appears extra assured than final season as an adolescent after coming over from Nashville in the three-team commerce involving Matt Duchene going from Colorado to Ottawa. The left-shooting Girard is a superb match with right-shot Erik Johnson.

GOALIES

No. 1. Semyon Varlamov
6-2/205 (Samara, Russia)

Jack Dempsey, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) eyes the puck towards the Dallas Stars throughout the third interval of a preseason NHL hockey recreation on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photograph/Jack Dempsey)

Named the opening-night starter Tuesday, Varlamov begins the last year of his five-year, $29.5 million contract with uncertainly about his future with the staff. The oft-injured Russian, 30, has been unavailable for lengthy stretches since his Vezina Trophy-finalist season of 2013-14 and he now has competitors for the No. 1 job. Varlamov wants to have an enormous season to not simply get re-signed with the Avs however to stay in the league.

No. 31. Philipp Grubauer
6-1/191 (Rosenheim, Germany)
Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer, left, ...

Jim Mone, The Related Press

Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer, left, stops a shot by Minnesota Wild’s Eric Fehr in the first interval of an NHL preseason hockey recreation Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn.

The 26-year-old German was acquired in June from Washington, the Stanley Cup champion, and signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Avs. Grubauer doubtless will begin Saturday in Recreation 2 of the season towards the visiting Philadelphia Flyers and proceed to be in the rotation as the No. 1A/1B man. Grubauer started the postseason in April as the Captials’ No. 1 goalie and he might develop into that with the Avs.