Colorado Avalanche: Predicting the 2015-16 Top Scorers

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Jan 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Colorado Avalanche players celebrate after a goal by right winger Jarome Iginla (12) during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche has a very nice collection of elite players on their roster. From 19-year-old Nathan MacKinnon to 38-year-old veteran Jarome Iginla, there are more than a few players who know how to score. But who is the favorite to score the most points next season?

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In the 2014-15 campaign, the scoring race was extremely tight. Two players (Iginla and Gabriel Landeskog) were tied at 59 points, and three more (Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Alex Tanguay) were tied at 55, while D-man Tyson Barrie recorded 53 points — an impressive number for a defenseman by the way.

None of the Avalanche’s top forwards got to the 60-point mark, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Minnesota Wild made the playoffs in 2015 — which should be the Avs’ goal in 2016 — while having only three players recording 50 or more points, with Zach Parise being the team’s top scorer at 62. Balanced scoring works, when the defense does as well.

That said, we sure wouldn’t mind some better performances from individual players. Here’s who could be that Colorado Avalanche top scorer of 2015-16.

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