With the second-most wins in the NHL through this past weekend, it seems that the Colorado Avalanche have found themselves in competition for a playoff spot as this season progresses. That’s a great sign for a young and inexperienced organization, led by first-year NHL head coach Patrick Roy and 21-year-old captain Gabriel Landeskog.
The youth movement in Colorado should extend even further than the team’s current roster soon enough. A handful of prospects, particularly with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, should see more time on the big-league roster within the next year. Some may make it this year as player performance falls off with the big club, while others should slot into openings vacated by free agents next year.
No matter how they make it into the burgundy and blue of the Avalanche sweater, these are the five names to watch whenever Roy has to make significant roster decisions in the future.