1. Are the Colorado Avalanche Good Enough to Compete in the Central?
The Colorado Avalanche play in the elite division of the Western Conference, a division that competes with the Metropolitan
for toughest in the NHL. The dreaded Central Division.
The Avalanche didn’t do a lot in the off season. They acquired a goalie, a journeyman forward and a stop-gap defensman. As of right now, the team seems to be trusting the process of growing prospects.
Is that going to be good enough for the ridiculous Central Division?
I hope so. There’s not a team in the Central you can count on to be weak. There is just not a single bottom-feeder of the bunch. A year ago, that was the Avalanche — yet they beat out tough competition in the Dallas Stars, St, Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks to make the playoffs.
How all the above questions shake out will go a long way in answering this question. I don’t want to say Colorado needs a perfect storm to make the playoffs again. However, they need the majority of the above pieces to fall into place to beat their Central Division rivals and enough Pacific Division teams to even make a wild card spot.
Well, that’s why teams actually play games, right, Avs Nation?
Colorado Avalanche hockey is soon upon us. I’m sure already in training camp we’ll be looking for answers to the above questions. But we won’t know until about March how everything is really shaking out.