The shortened 2013 season is one that the Colorado Avalanche are going to be eager to forget. It was a season with very little positives, whether you look at their health or their performance. It was a whole lot of failure all across the board.
That includes new captain Gabriel Landeskog, who was handed the ‘C’ last summer and took the reigns of the lost cause that was the 2013 Colorado Avalanche. Many questioned naming him the captain at such a young age, and those questions became more valid with the struggles of the franchise this season.
The 2013 season was a rough one all around for Landeskog. His team struggled, he struggled with his performance, and he had some issues early on with his health. It was a far cry from his Calder Trophy-winning performance from last season.
Landeskog played in 36 of the 48 games this season. Those that he missed were mainly the result of a concussion that he sustained early on in the year. He missed nearly a month, sitting out from the end of January up until February 23rd. When he returned, he was unable to find his footing at any point during the season.
Aside from a nice little stretch in the middle of March, and a decent finish, we didn’t hear much from Landeskog during the season. He finished with 17 points, including nine goals and eight assists. Definitely not what many were expecting when he finished with 52 points as a rookie.
But now he can put this season behind him and focus on next year. Heading into next season completely healthy with an upgraded roster should be a benefit for the captain. Another positive is the fact that he continued to display some solid chemistry with Ryan O’Reilly.
This season is no reason to get down on Landeskog for his play. A shortened season throws multiple things off. Some players respond to it differently. If you start slow, there’s really no time to gain your footing and recover. That was the case with Landeskog.
He should come back next season, playing for a contract extension, and ready to take that next step to superstardom that was expected of him this season.