Posted: Jan 17, 2013 5:54 PM by Jordan Mason
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.