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
|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|