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No Offense, No Defense, No Chance. It’s the Story of the 2013 Colorado Avalanche.

Team Name: Colorado Avalanche

Record: 16-25-7, Fifth in Northwest, No Playoffs

Player of the Season: PA Parenteau put up 18 goals and 25 assists with 13 power-play points (6G,7A) and yet had a -11 rating last season.

Breakout of the Season: John Mitchell The fifth-season forward took a step forward and recaptured a little of the luster he had in his first season in the league (12-17–29 with Toronto in 08-09). This was the first season since then when he posted double-digit goals and assists (10-10–20) and was a +5 on a team where the negatives were heavy.

Disappointment of the Season: Goaltending. Seymon Varlamov was blah between the pipes to say the least. His 11-21-3 mark didn’t get the job done and it led to a 3.02 goals against average and a save percentage of only 90.3 percent. There were three shutouts but it doesn’t offset the fact that an average night was three or four goals against.

Add to that Jean-Sebastien Giguere was just mediocre (5-4-4 2.84 GAA, .908 svpct) and Colorado had problems in goal that derailed them all season.

Team Analysis: The Avalanche was the team that ended Chicago’s season-opening, 24-game undefeated streak but then took a nine-game slide that ended any hope of a postseason berth. The team was in the bottom third of the league in goals for (26th), goals against (27th), power-play conversion (24th) and penalty kill (20th). They’re a team with talent but they can’t put it all together and make a solid product on both ends of the ice.

2013-2014 Story Lines: How will the team respond to the new coach? What will they do with the #1 overall pick? How will Varlamov respond to having Roy as his coach? It has to be daunting to have one of the game’s all-time great goaltenders as your coach. It also means Roy might put his goaltenders on a short leash.

2013-2014 Fantasy Guys to Have: PA Parenteau, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stasny

On the Fringe: Greg Zanon (only if your league highly  rewards blocked shots), Varlamov, Ryan O’Reilly

PLAYER GP G A PTS +/- PIM ATOI PPG PPA SHG SHA SOG SPCT
P.A. Parenteau, RW 48 18 25 43 -11 38 19:09 6 7 0 0 105 17.1
Matt Duchene, C 47 17 26 43 -12 12 20:55 2 7 0 1 132 12.9
Paul Stastny, C 40 9 15 24 -7 14 19:21 2 8 0 0 87 10.3
Jamie McGinn, LW 47 11 11 22 -13 26 17:17 3 4 0 0 128 8.6
John Mitchell, C 47 10 10 20 5 18 16:45 1 2 0 0 72 13.9
Ryan O’Reilly, C 29 6 14 20 -3 4 18:30 3 3 0 0 66 9.1
Gabriel Landeskog, LW 36 9 8 17 -4 22 19:20 0 2 3 0 109 8.3
Tyson Barrie, D 32 2 11 13 -11 10 21:35 1 4 0 0 58 3.4
Cody McLeod, LW 48 8 4 12 4 83 13:05 0 1 0 0 79 10.1
Milan Hejduk, RW 29 4 7 11 -7 0 13:09 2 1 0 0 41 9.8
Jan Hejda, D 46 1 9 10 -3 28 19:42 0 0 0 0 50 2.0
Aaron Palushaj, RW 25 2 7 9 -2 8 11:19 0 0 0 0 29 6.9
Chuck Kobasew, RW 37 5 4 9 6 21 11:16 0 0 0 0 43 11.6
David Jones, RW 33 3 6 9 -11 6 16:49 1 0 0 0 62 4.8
Matt Hunwick, D 43 0 6 6 4 16 21:31 0 0 0 0 57 0.0
Greg Zanon, D 44 0 6 6 -16 28 19:20 0 0 0 1 40 0.0
Mark Olver, C 32 4 2 6 -5 6 9:03 0 0 0 0 33 12.1
Patrick Bordeleau, LW 46 2 3 5 -7 70 6:13 0 0 0 0 24 8.3
Stefan Elliott, D 18 1 3 4 -3 2 17:30 0 1 0 0 35 2.9
Erik Johnson, D 31 0 4 4 -3 18 20:45 0 0 0 0 64 0.0
Shane O’Brien, D 28 0 4 4 0 60 15:30 0 0 0 0 28 0.0
Ryan O’Byrne, D  34 1 3 4 -8 54 18:51 0 0 0 0 21 4.8
Ryan Wilson, D 12 0 3 3 4 8 18:30 0 0 0 0 23 0.0
Brad Malone, C 13 1 1 2 -7 16 8:47 0 0 0 0 10 10.0
David Van der Gulik, RW 9 0 2 2 2 6 9:26 0 0 0 0 10 0.0
Steve Downie, RW 2 0 1 1 1 6 8:54 0 0 0 0 2 0.0
Tomas Vincour, C  2 0 1 1 -1 2 9:04 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
Michael Sgarbossa, C 6 0 0 0 -3 4 10:22 0 0 0 0 6 0.0

 

PLAYER GP W L OTL GAA TOI SV SV% SHO TGA TSA PIM
Sami Aittokallio 1 0 0 0 2.43 49:20 23 .920 0 2 25 0
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 18 5 4 4 2.84 907:50 426 .908 0 43 469 4
Semyon Varlamov 35 11 21 3 3.02 1949:39 909 .903 3 98 1007 0