Colorado Avalanche Decade in Review: 20 Memorable Moments

DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 30: Joonas Donskoi #72 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers with his bench at the Pepsi Center on October 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Panthers defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 30: Joonas Donskoi #72 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers with his bench at the Pepsi Center on October 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Panthers defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 05: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche in the second period during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on October 5, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

2015-16 Basics

GM: Joe Sakic
Coach: Patrick Roy
Captain: Gabriel Landeskog
Alternate Captains: Jarome Iginla, Cody McLeod
Record: 39–39–4

The 2015-16 season was not a successful one. The team just played so inconsistently for most of the season. They really lacked what I was calling at the time a Stanley Cup attitude — and what we now lament as a lack of killer instinct.

The team seemed to be trying to plug up holes in a roster that eventually proved to be limited. They missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

On the bright side, the team absolutely stole Mikko Rantanen with the #10 pick. He only played nine games because he needed to learn the North American game in the AHL.

Team leaders

Goals: Matt Duchene (30)
Assists: Carl Soderberg (39)
Points: Matt Duchene (59)
Penalty minutes: Cody McLeod (138)
Plus/minus: Zach Redmond (+5)
Wins: Semyon Varlamov (27)