Avalanche Defense: 5 Questions for the 2015-16 Season

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Dec 4, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman

Nick Holden

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Zach Redmond

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5. Who will comprise the third defensive pairing?

In the end, one of the biggest questions facing the Colorado Avalanche defense is who will even make the third defensive pairing. Johnson, Beauchemin, Barrie and Zadorov are slated to be the top four. The Avalanche have four more defensemen on the regular roster:

Most Avs fans are underwhelmed by everyone on that list except Zach Redmond. The majority of Avs Nation’s antipathy is aimed at Stuart and Guenin, but those are exactly the players coach Roy appreciates.

In addition to those regulars, the Avalanche have some exciting defensive prospects:

Both Siemens and Elliott played in games last season to pretty lukewarm reviews. Bigras is entering his first season in the pros. The question is, can any of those prospects usurp one of the bottom four defensemen for the Avalanche? If so, who?

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