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Colorado Avalanche 2020-21 Season Preview

The 2020-21 season will be the first full one in charge for new Avalanche GM Josh Lewis, and he's already put his stamp on the roster.

A flurry of off-season trades and free agent signings will see the Colorado lineup looking much different than it did at the end of last season. The Avalanche have an entirely new top defense pairing, starting goalie and several bottom six forwards.

[b]FORWARDS[/b]
In: Jordan Staal, Logan Shaw, Brayden Point, Kirill Marchenko, Greg Nemisz
Out: Sam Bennett, Michael Frolik, Ryan Martindale, Jakub Vrana, Mackenzie Entwistle, Jason Cotton

The Avs greatly upgraded their back end and goaltending, but at what cost to their offense? Top line talent Sam Bennett and Michael Frolik were traded to bring in Dion Phaneuf and Dmitry Kulikov. Colorado had an excess of scoring forwards, and now those remaining will be counted on to step into big roles. Ivan Barbashev and Janne Kuokkanen are expected to move to the top line alongside Mitch Marner. All three are skilled playmakers, but will they score enough goals?

The Avs will shift Mirko Hoefflin to centre on the second line to cover the loss of Bennett. He'll be flanked by Matthew Freytag on the left side, and either Matthew Beattie or Ty Dellandrea on the right. Hoefflin had a strong bounce-back season in 2019-20, as did Beattie between the Oilers and Avs. Freytag looked good in a 24-game callup late last year, with 16 points. Still, there's no doubt this top six group will have to score by committee.
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TEAM INFORMATION
General Manager Josh Lewis
Hired January 2020
AHL Affiliate Lake Erie Monsters
Stadium Pepsi Center
LATEST NEWS
Avalanche 2020 Draft Review
Avalanche Prospect Report: 2019-20
New GM hopes to steer Avs back to relevance
TEAM HISTORY
Season
GP
W
L
OTL
PTS
Result
09/10
82
21
53
8
50
Did Not Qualify
10/11
82
26
53
3
54
Did Not Qualify
11/12
82
26
48
8
60
Did Not Qualify
12/13
82
34
43
5
73
Did Not Qualify
13/14
82
37
42
3
77
Did Not Qualify
14/15
82
21
56
5
47
Did Not Qualify
15/16
82
26
48
8
60
Did Not Qualify
16/17
82
35
38
9
79
Did Not Qualify
17/18
82
28
42
12
68
Did Not Qualify
18/19
82
32
44
6
70
Did Not Qualify
19/20
82
36
40
6
78
Did Not Qualify
DRAFT PICKS OWNED
Year
Picks Owned
2021
COL 1; COL 2; COL 3, TOR 3; DET 4, NYR 4, PHI 4; EDM 5.
2022
COL 1; COL 2, EDM 2; CHI 3; COL 5.
2023
COL 1; COL 2; COL 3; TB 4; COL 5, DET 5.
2024
COL 1; COL 2; COL 3; COL 4; COL 5.
2025
COL 1; COL 2; COL 3; COL 4; COL 5.

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