16. Memorable Moment: Colorado Avalanche Lose the Draft Lottery
So, after the worst season in the salary cap era, you’d think you get to at least pick first in the following draft. Yeah, no, not when you’re the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche saw three teams with much better records take the first three spots in the draft order. They dropped as low as they could go — #4.
Yes, in the end we were well-compensated for that pick, choosing defenseman Cale Makar. And, to be honest, I wouldn’t trade him for any of the three players who went 1-3. I honestly believe he’s better and will have a bigger impact on the team long-term.
But we didn’t know that at the time. We just knew the pain of the 48-point season was capped with the ignominious fall to the fourth draft position.