Hoping Against a Sophomore Slump: Why I Worry About The Avs This Year

Tim JContributor IAugust 11, 2010

DENVER - APRIL 24:  Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche skates off the ice after the San Jose Sharks defeated the Avalanche in Game Six of the Western Conference Quaterfinals of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Sharks defeated the Avalanche 5-2 to win the series.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I understand that some of my fellow Avalanche fans will accuse me of jumping off the bandwagon or being a fair-weather fan, but I consider myself something of a realist, so my brain will sometimes go into the mode where I start to be a worry-wart when it comes to my favorite teams.

We all know the old-wives tale of the sophomore slump and what comes with it.  The Avs will hopefully be immune to this problem, but the history of supposition shows it might not work in our favor.

How many rookies did we end up playing with last year?  My offhand count says 10, but I might be off.  How many were actually pretty good?  I count Duchie, Yip, Galli, Cumiskey (love the Roadrunner), and if I missed somebody, please point it out.

Last season, we certainly had the exception to the sophomore slump, when Chris Stewart broke out and surprised everybody.  Then again, his debut was nothing to scream about, so I think there might be something to be said about low expectations.

Now, I understand there's gonna be some naysaying, but hopefully I am proven completely wrong when the worst of my fears is proven wrong.