Colorado Avalanche: 5 Players Who Must Work Together in Erik Johnson’s Absence

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Blake Comeau, Penalty Kill

The Colorado Avalanche penalty kill has been significantly better than their power play. They stand at #4 in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 83.3%. Johnson has been the Avs’ main penalty killer, though. He’s second in the entire NHL for average minutes on the penalty kill.

Another mainstay of the penalty kill is winger Blake Comeau. He plays a different role than Johnson, for sure. And he doesn’t have the size. However, Comeau has the grit of Johnson. He can hound the opponent players and help box them out.

Comeau has been good with his penalty kill positioning. I’d like to see him step up every aspect of his penalty killing prowess.