It’s obviously no secret that this hasn’t been the best of seasons for the Colorado Avalanche. If their current place in the standings wasn’t enough of an indication, then you could look at their declining television and arena audience as a pretty solid one that fans have given up.
This season is obviously a lost cause. The Avalanche have set themselves too far back to even have any sort of false hope that this team could make a run to the postseason. But is there still hope for this team in the future? Should Avs fans be back in full force when the 2013-14 season rolls around?
The answer is a resounding, yes.
Colorado still boasts one of the better collections of young talent in the game. They have the potential to be absolutely loaded up front. They currently boast the likes of Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly, and Gabriel Landeskog up front. Don’t forget about free agent signee P.A. Parenteau either. That’s a group of forwards that any team will take. If they hold onto Paul Stastny, it gets that much better.
Between the pipes, they have Semyon Varlamov. While he has only shown glimpses of what the Avalanche were hoping to see from him, he’s flashed some brilliance at times. He’s still only 24 and has another year on his contract left to prove himself.
Quite honestly, this is a team that could be an immediate threat if they add some defense to their roster this summer. Drafting Seth Jones would go a long way towards improving the blue line. They have some young talent coming up through the ranks as well, including Tyson Barrie, Duncan Siemens, and Stefan Elliot.
While many were hoping that this would be the year that the Avalanche would turn a bit of a corner and make at least an appearance on the postseason, that hasn’t been the case. But this is a team with plenty of young talent, both on their current roster and coming up through their system. They’ll be a big threat in the Western Conference in the very near future.