Rookie Gabriel Landeskog makes the final roster for the Colorado Avalanche

With opening night Saturday the front office and coaching staff have been working hard to get the roster down to 23 active players, 26 including the three on injury reserve. Among the lucky selected/returning players is rookie Gabriel Landeskog selected 2nd overall at the 2011 draft pick. I for one am very interested in seeing what this 18 year old from Stockholm can do with this team. As Joe Sakic is quoted saying in commercials over the summer, they are really focusing on the young team and the Matt Duchene image they are marketing. After having the chance to see him perform in a preseason game, I think he will fit this team well. He was actively chasing down the puck, working it across the ice and attempting to help assist potential goals (I say attempt because I was at the Pepsi Center for the 6-0 loss to the Kings) and really trying hard to be a part of the team and not stand out as either a weak link or show off. Will he be the next Forsberg the fans are hoping for being a fellow Swedish forward, or the next Gretzky as the scouts were calling him going into the draft? Only time will tell, but I am very excited for his rookie year. If the improvements the front office was boasting about during the off season with new talent and out look actually comes across on the ice, I think Gabriel Landeskog could have a chance at the Calder Trophy.

The roster is as follows:
Forwards:
Matt Duchene
TJ Galiardi
Milan Hejduk
David Jones
Chuck Kobasew
Gabriel Landeskog
Joakim Lindstrom
Cody McLeod
Peter Mueller
Ryan O`Reilly
Mark Olver (IR concussion)
Kevin Porter
Paul Stastny
Daniel Winnik
Brandon Yip (IR broken arm)

Defenseman:
Kyle Cumiskey (IR groin injury)
Jan Hejda
Matt Hunwick
Erik Johnson
Shane O`Brien
Ryan O`Byrne
Kyle Quincey
Ryan Wilson

Goalies:
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Semyon Varlamov

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