The opening night roster is practically set for the Colorado Avalanche. Obviously there’s still a few pressing issues for the Avalanche to deal with it, (i.e. a new contract for Nikita Zadorov, a Matt Duchene trade, etc) but we have a very good idea what their team is going to look like on opening night.
Sven Andrighetto – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Gabriel Landeskog – Tyson Jost – Matt Duchene
J.T. Compher – Colin Wilson – Matt Nieto
Joe Colborne – Carl Soderberg – Blake Comeau
Extras/Others: A.J. Greer, Rocco Grimaldi, Gabriel Bourque
Nikita Zadorov – Erik Johnson
? – Tyson Barrie
Mark Barberio – Andrei Mironov
Extras/Others: Chris Bigras, Anton Lindholm, Duncan Siemens
Semyon Varlamov – Jonathan Bernier
The biggest hole the Avs have in their lineup that isn’t addressed right now is a top 4 left shot d-man. It’s assumed that if the Avs were to trade Duchene, then that problem would be solved. If Duchene isn’t traded, and who knows if it’s ever going to happen at this point, then either Mark Barberio is going to have to try and fill this hole or the Avs are going to have to use one of their young kids like Chris Bigras or Anton Lindholm.
If the Avs trade Duchene, the Avs defense is set. But then that leaves a hole in their forward group’s top 6, unless the Avs can somehow pry a top 6 forward out of the Duchene deal which seems unlikely. In the case they get no forward help in return, expect A.J. Greer to play on the 3rd line (which he very well may regardless) and promote Colin Wilson to top 6 duty.
Not as bad as everyone seems to think but still a team looking at a top draft pick at next year’s draft.