Colorado Avalanche Hockey Pool Outlook

Woodsey14 By Woodsey14, 3rd Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Colorado Avalanche were one of the biggest surprises of last season. This year they won't be able to sneak up on anyone. Will they continue to improve?

Colorado Avalanche Hockey Pool Predictions and Sleepers for 2010/2011

The Colorado Avalanche were one of the surprise teams of last season. With their wealth of up and coming talent, could this be the year where they once again become legitimate Stanley Cup contenders? Led by the offensive philosophy of coach Joe Sacco and super sophmore Matt Duchene, the Avalanche should score a lot of goals and with the help of another stellar season by goaltender Craig Anderson, good things could happen. Regardless, in the world of poolies, the Avalanche should provide a lot of bargain basement players with a lot of offensive upside. Read on.

Blue Chip Players

Forwards

Paul Stastny- It seems that Stastny has always been an overlooked player when it comes to fantasy drafts. Make sure that you take a careful look at him. He's a minimum point a game player who's totals should continue to improve as the talent around him does.
Matt Duchene- With all the talk last season about how John Tavares was going to be the next great one, Colorado may have actually stolen the better pick in the 2009 draft. After a bit of a slow start Duchene turned in a very solid rookie season and appears, at this point, to be a better pool pick than Tavares. Scoop him up, recognizing that 75 points may be his potential basement total, with a possibility to go for as many as 90.

Defensemen
The defence is primarily a collection of defensive defensemen. There are no blue chippers to be found here.
Goaltender
Craig Anderson- In one season Anderson managed to become an elite goaltender. He's a workhorse who should win a lot of games for this young and improving team.

Second Tier

Forwards
Brandon Yipp- Yipp is an up and coming superpest with some skill. Think Darcy Tucker-like. Expect pims and points. 55 should be about right for him this year.
Chris Stewart- Stastny's winger and a guy most of your fellow poolies won't know much about. You should get to know him. He has a 70+ point ceiling.
T. J. Galiardi- Another member of the Avalanche youth movement. Galiardi is yet another young, talented forward who should easily crack 60 points this season.

Defensemen

John Michael Liles- Year in year out, Liles is a reliable 40-50 point defenseman. Nothing more, nothing less.

Don't Over Rate

Forwards
Milan Hejduk- He can still score, but age and injuries seem to be creeping up on this former superstar. He comes with some serious injury risk and you may be better off leaving him for someone else to take a chance on.
Peter Mueller- He's going to be a great player for the Avalanche IF he can get over his concussion issues. His latest concussion could be a season ender.

Potential Sleepers and Late Round Steals

Forwards
David Jones- Is a power forward in the making. He was set to break out last season until the injury bug struck in December. This should be his year.

Defensemen
Kyle Quincy- Quincy is a sneaky good point producer. He plays on the powerplay, makes a good first pass, and should be a lock for 40 pts. Not bad for a guy that will be overlooked by almost everyone..

Sleepers

Ryan O'Reilly- Yet another talented young Avalanche player. I don't believe that this will be his year, however, with the long term injury to Mueller combined with a terrific work ethic on the ice, O'Reily may find his way into a top 6 role this season.

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author avatar Jack
24th Oct 2010 (#)

Great information. I feel like I went to school and look forward to my hockey draft.
Thanks....will let you know how it goes.

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