Top ten things to know about the Colorado Avs for fans who haven't been paying attention
It's been a while since the Colorado Avalanche truly captured the imagination of sports fans around our fair state. So, with the Avs up 2-0 against the Minnesota Wild in their first-round playoff series and game three slated for tonight, it's time for those who haven't been paying close attention to do some catch-up. Here are our top ten things you need to know about the Avs to get back up to speed.
Number 10: The Avs weren't expected to be all that great this season
Pretty much no one expected the Avs to win the title in the National Hockey League's Central Division or earn the number two playoff seed in the Western Conference. Take the predictions offered by TheHockeyWriters.com's Kevin Goff. He had lots of good things to say about the team's potential, but he still picked the Avs to finish ninth in their conference. An excerpt:
This team has a long way to go before they are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, but this year is the year where that will begin to happen. The Avalanche are going to be in contention for the playoffs until the last day of the season, but I'm not ready to declare that they will make the playoffs. I won't be surprised if they do, and by all means they really should, but I think there are enough things that this team still needs to do to improve before they will fully turn this corner and, until I see it happen, I can't predict that it will.Number 9: Nathan McKinnon wasn't supposed to be the Avs' first draft pick
For months leading up to the 2013 draft, for which the Avalanche had earned the first pick through ultra-mediocre play the previous season, most observers thought the squad would select Seth Jones, an impressive prospect who grew up in Denver. Instead, the Avs' braintrust went with MacKinnon, who new coach Patrick Roy had watched up close and personal while coaching in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The choice looks like genius now. MacKinnon has been so hot during the playoffs to date that he's practically melted through the ice. And it's only the beginning: He's just eighteen years old.
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