Colorado Avalanche and Their Reclamation Projects

EDMONTON, AB - FEBRUARY 20: Nail Yakupov
EDMONTON, AB - FEBRUARY 20: Nail Yakupov /
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Conclusion

The Colorado Avalanche have tried, and basically failed, to fix their holes with reclamation projects. They’ve pursued a number of former 1st rounders in need of a new team and most have washed out rather than fix anything. You could argue that Semyon Varlamov and Erik Johnson are successful projects, but their careers had never really stalled the way the guys listed here had.

All in all, the Avalanche have taken their chances on these low risk-high reward guys, and they aren’t about to stop. Not this season anyway. With Yakupov, and to a lesser extent Wilson and Bernier in the fold, management still hopes to find the diamond in the rough.

One of them has to pan out soon. Doesn’t it?