It’s hard to find a more profitable team in the NHL this season than the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avs are 17-10-4 and in the thick of the Northwest Division race. The team has lost the second-most man games due to injury this season in the league (nearly 400), but has excelled thanks to a deep farm system that has been based upon dynamic skaters and aggressive, attacking forwards.
The team has 11 players with at least five goals this year, including five with at least 11. Rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has looked like a young Brian Leetch, as his five goals and 12 assists in just 20 games give him 17 points, the most among all freshman blue-liners. Overall, the team has scored 112 goals, the second-most in the league and a staggering number considering the number of injuries to the team this season.
Jump on board the Avs, and do the Bang Bang dance all the way to the cashier’s window.
Are the Avalanche for real? Will they only get better as they get healthy?