As I’ve been sitting around watching and reading everything I can about the Avs training camp and Pre season games, I’ve been getting more and more excited about this season.
The main reason we should all be excited in my opinion, is Coach Roy. Finally, we have a coach who the players will respect and buy into his systems, at least for a few years anyways depending on the success he has with his systems. I watch his interviews, and i love how he it all about the players and having them play their game, and that he just wants them all to be comfortable. He changes the lines to make them balanced, as we saw with him moving Steve Downie up with Dutchy and Radar. Although i am a fan of Parenteau and Dutchy stayin together, Downie is a very good player who is very underrated because of injuries, but is proving to still have it on his new line.
Another reason to be stoked, is the forward depth.
Ryan O’Reilly- Matt Duchene- Steve Downie
Gabe Landeskog- Paul Stastny- Alex Tanguay
Jamie Mcginn- Nathan Mackinnon- PA Parenteau
John Mitchell- Brad Malone- Cody McLeod- Patrick Bordeleau
In my eyes, those are pretty dangerous lines. There is going to be some great playmaking, super speedy line’s and lots of Grit and Toughness.
Defense is going to be harder to judge until we see how the season starts. But the future sure is bright as long as we the Avs organization properly prepares them to make the jump into the NHL, With Dunan Seimens, Stefan Elliot and newcomers from this year’s draft, Mason Geertson and the young Stud D man who really impressed Patrick Roy, Chris Bigras, who Roy pretty much came out and said he wants to build a future D core around.
Goaltending, I’m hoping is going to take a full 360 degree swing, thanks largely to the avs finally having a Full time goaltender coach in Francois Allaire, who was one of the main infulences on Patrick Roy and J.S. Giguere’s careers. Not bad considering there are 5 Stanley cups between the 2 guys. And from the sounds of things, Varly is ready to play, and had a great summer of training. Avs were also very impressed with this years draft pick Spencer Martin in goal, and very excited to see how he develops. With all the Goaltenders in the system including , Kent Paterson, Kieran Millan, Calvin Pickard and Sami Attikalio, it seems we will have solid goalies in net for the Avs and Monsters for years to come. I wouldn’d rule out one or two fo them getting moved in a trade either.
I see this as a Playoff year for this squad, although most of the experts have them 6th in the Central Divison. I just see them having better success in this new division then the last Northwest Division. Maybe make one of those wild card spots.
What are your thoughts on the Upcoming season Avs Fans? Leave some comments or tweet me @mercus24