Colorado Avalanche Player Grades: The Playoffs

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 20: Gabriel Landeskog
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DENVER, CO – APRIL 22: J.T. Compher #37 of the Colorado Avalanche skates prior to the game against the Nashville Predators in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /


Tyson Jost: C

Center Tyson Jost was a little out of his element for a lot of the playoffs. It’s taking some work to develop him. However, he was never a liability on the ice, and he even recorded an assist. What’s more, he was another one of the players who showed up fully for Game 6.

Alexander Kerfoot: B-

You either saw Alexander Kerfoot or you didn’t. He seemed a little invisible for a lot of shifts. He did better than a lot of players on faceoffs — including MacKinnon. And he scored two goals. You can see the difference in maturity that age conveys between him and the other rookies.

Sam Girard: B-

Speaking of age — or lack in this case — I’m going to give defenseman Samuel Girard a bit of a pass. And while it’s true Filip Forsberg danced around him for a highlight-reel goal, our youngest rookie was but a babe. He also missed three of the six games with an injury.

J.T. Compher: B-

Like Kerfoot, center J.T. Compher struggled at times, too. He did record more points — three — but all of them were assists. He played hard but didn’t make any egregious mistakes. I think we’d all like to see him take a step forward next season.