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Ryan O'Reilly showed the Avalanche a lot last season when he saw a lot of time on the second line because of injuries.
Not only did he continue to play his solid defensive game, but he showed flashes of great offensive potential that could stay with him in this coming season.
O'Reilly has played most of his time in his first two seasons with T.J. Galiardi on one of his wings, though Galiardi was out due to injury most of last season, and it doesn't seem to me like this year will be any different.
Galiardi plays a very solid defensive game with some very deceptive offensive abilities. He is also a great pest that can sucker opponents into stupid penalties without doing anything Avery-like.
Kevin Porter was put in a role, last season, that really just doesn't fit him. He's not an NHL top six forward, he's a third-line guy who needs to play with other tenacious forecheckers.
Porter forechecks very well and is capable of playing a good physical game for his size. He can cause turnovers and can bury the puck but don't ask him to make a skilled passing play, because it will be going the other way fast.
I like him a lot more as a crash the boards and go right to the net kind of guy.
A young, but very talented and capable, third line.
Porter does need to watch out though, as a guy like Joey Hishon or Mark Olver could end up taking his roster spot with a good camp.
Chuck Kobasew, whom the Avalanche signed on free agent frenzy day, also seems to fit on this line. He might get bounced around between the third and fourth line for a little bit until he finds a place where he has some chemistry, but count on seeing him on the big squad either way.