Colorado Avalanche Offense: 5 Questions for the Upcoming Season

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Mar 27, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) celebrates after scoring a goal with forwards

Patrick Bordeleau

(58) and

Cody McLeod

(55) during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Who will comprise the fourth line?

Well that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? (Even though most potential fourth liners make less than that.)

The Colorado Avalanche fourth line has lately been a hodge podge of prospects and energy players. There’s no reason to think that’ll be any different this season. The Avalanche have two energy players from whom to choose, Cody McLeod and Patrick Bordeleau. Mcleod is an alternate captain, so you have to think he’ll make the roster nightly, but nothing’s ever certain with a fourth liner.

It’s hard to know who the center is going to be. The Avalanche acquired Jesse Winchester for that spot last summer, though he missed the whole season with concussion syndrome. Marc-Andre Cliche took over that position most of last season, though even coach Roy stated he wants Cliche to be the 13th forward.

Colorado also has no shortage of prospects for this line. Dennis Everberg will probably be out at the beginning of the season since undergoing shoulder surgery, but winger Borna Rendulic has been training hard. Center Joey Hishon has been gunning for that spot, too, since last season. This year’s #10-overall draft pick, Mikko Rantanen, might make a surprise visit on this line. Freddie Hamilton, Andrew Agozzino — there are a few players competing hard for this line.

This particular battle is going to make training camp and the preseason all the more exciting.

What about you, Avs Nation? What are your big questions for the Avalanche offense going into the 2015-16 season?

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