With the existence of the salary cap and the heavy roster turnover that comes with it, it’s hard to project how NHL rosters will look one year from now, let alone five. The Colorado Avalanche know that fact all too well, having missed the playoffs five times in the eight seasons since the cap was instated. (They had never missed the playoffs beforehand since moving from Quebec.)
The good news? Thanks to savvy drafting and a handful of decent trades, the key cogs are in place for the Avs to be competitive for years to come.
Everybody knows about offensive star Matt Duchene, team captain Gabriel Landeskog and stalwart goaltender Semyon Varlamov, and of course their presences have been accounted for on this list. But who else will shine for the Avalanche in the coming years?