Colorado Avalanche Player Grades: The Playoffs

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 20: Gabriel Landeskog
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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 12: Sven Andrighetto #10 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against Ryan Hartman #38 of the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sven Andrighetto;Ryan Hartman /

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Carl Soderberg: C

Center Carl Soderberg was out of his talent element in the Nashville series. He recorded the best faceoffs percentage — 49.21 — but that’s the best you can say of his game. He recorded two assists. He didn’t do anything too bad, but he didn’t do anything too good, either.

Blake Comeau: B

Winger Blake Comeau had one of the better playoffs for the grinder line. He recorded two goals. He didn’t do much of anything else, but goals are goals. I’m a little surprised he didn’t show more physicality in the series.

Matt Nieto: B-

Like Soderberg, Matthew Nieto was outside of his talent element. Unlike Carl, though, Nieto seemed to step up his game to the best of his ability. He went hard every night. While there were a couple missed opportunities, he nonetheless recorded three assists.

Sven Andrighetto: A

Game. Winning. Goal. Right wing Sven Andrighetto didn’t do a whole lot more in the series. However, he extended the series to six by scoring the game-winning goal in Game 5 — in Nashville, no less. (I almost forgot — he also racked Ryan Hartman, which was hilarious.)

Colin Wilson: D

I’m ready to give up on the Colin Wilson experiment. I’m sad to say it doesn’t look like the center is living up to expectations. He couldn’t even score better than a 20-year-old rookie in over his head — just one assist. And he should have had some special insight since his former team is Nashville — and he went all the way to the Cup Finals with them.

Gabriel Bourque: B

I’m always irrationally annoyed when Bourque scores because I want a beautiful Nate goal or a rookie to pot one in. Good thing Gabriel Bourque doesn’t care about my prejudice. He scored two goals in the playoffs and did not look out of his element.