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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DENVER, CO – MAY 02:Fans of the Colorado Avalanche cheer prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on May 2, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Sharks 3-0.(Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /

2018-19 Basics

GM: Joe Sakic
Coach: Jared Bednar
Captain: Gabriel Landeskog
Alternate Captains: Erik Johnson, Nathan MacKinnon
Record: 38–30–14

The 2018-19 season was a good one. It was also a very important season because we wanted to know making the playoffs wasn’t another fluke.

The Colorado Avalanche drafted Martin Kaut with the #16 draft selection. They acquired goalie Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals, and it was an open secret that the two were battling for the starting position. Grubauer eventually won.

And, not only did the Colorado Avalanche make the playoffs, they won the first round! And but for one misplaced Gabriel Landeskog toenail, they might have won the second round two — I am, of course, referring to the Game 7 disallowed goal because Landeskog was apparently too slow getting off the ice.

Well, I guess it’s water under the bridge, though most Avs fans will probably never get over it. Nonetheless, it was a good run.

Team leaders

Goals: Nathan MacKinnon (41)
Assists: Nathan MacKinnon (58)
Points: Nathan MacKinnon (99)
Penalty minutes: Ian Cole (115)
Plus/minus: Nathan MacKinnon (+20)
Wins: Semyon Varlamov (20)