It’s safe to say that nearly every team in the NHL would love to trade places with the Chicago Blackhawks. On top of playing in an always-packed arena, the Blackhawks have snagged two Stanley Cup Trophies in the last four years and have a nucleus of talent that NHL executives just drool over. With all of that being said, it’s no wonder why teams across the NHL are trying their best to replicate Chicago’s winning formula.
One of the franchise with a similar blueprint to the Hawks is the Colorado Avalanche. After a few rough years, the Avalanche have been able to stockpile top-notch draft picks as youthful stars like Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene are forming the kind of duo that the Windy City has seen since 2009.
While Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews might have a nicer trophy case then both Landeskog and Duchene, the young and advantageous Avs are surely nipping on the Blackhawks’ heels in the Western Conference’s Central division. Not to mention, the Avalanche are definitely impressed with 18-year-old Nathan MacKinnon, who is on the fast track to the 2014 Calder Memorial Trophy. First-year head coach Patrick Roy has done a magnificent job turning the tides in Colorado’s favor as he hopes to follow Joel Quenneville’s path straight to the Cup.
If nothing else, the Avalanche-Blackhawks’ rivalry is sure to be some great TV for years to come.