Colorado Avalanche 2024 Stanley Cup Odds
In the 2023 NHL Draft, The Avalanche sat patiently on the first night until picks 27 and 31. When they were done, they cooly sat down to wait for another four rounds to pick again with Calum Ritchie and Mikhail Gulyayev, a pair of players who could have easily gone ten picks higher in hand. It was a tidy bit of late-first-round magic for the Avs. They got a lot of bang for their buck, entering with only five picks.
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The 2022-23 Colorado Avalanche were 51-24-7 straight up and 34-42 over/under the total. Also, Colorado was 1st in the Central Division playoff standings. Dallas was one point behind the Avs in the Central Division race. Colorado had NHL rankings of 10th for goals scored and 6th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Avs had NHL rankings of 9th for goals against and 17th for penalty killing.
First among Colorado scorers was Nathan MacKinnon with 42 goals, 69 assists, 111 points, and a +29. Goaltender Alexander Georgiev had a .918 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average. His record was 40-160-6 with five shutouts.
Head coach Jared Bednar owns the respect of management, players, and gamblers. Even what he did last season with an oft-injured team that won the division and had the best record in the Western Conference was in the discussion for one of his best regular-season campaigns until they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Despite that early exit, he's a Stanley Cup-winning coach who could guide the Avs to another Cup soon.
Secondary scoring help was a regular-season issue that bled into why the Avs were knocked out in the first round. The Avalanche addressed those needs and did so while maximizing every cent of what was comparatively limited cap space. Drouin and Johansen give them those top-six players, while Colton and Wood can be used to anchor the bottom six.
Being in a championship window is why the Avs have had just 16 total picks since the 2020 draft. But trading Alex Newhook to get a second first-round pick -- and using those picks on center Calum Ritchie and defenseman Mikhail Gulyayev -- gave the Avs a potential starting point for restocking their farm system. They signed Bowen Byram on a bridge deal to buy more time before his asking price considerably rises.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
||Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Kraken)
||Stanley Cup Champions, 4–2 (Lightning)
||Lost in Second Round, 2–4 (Golden Knights)
||Lost in Second Round, 3–4 (Stars)
||Lost in Second Round, 3–4 (Sharks)
Colorado Avalanche History
The Avalanche has a unique history that began in 1972. They were born as the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association and merged into the NHL in 1979. But after their inability to secure a new arena, the Nordiques moved to the metro Denver area in 1995. The Colorado Avalanche won the first major professional sports championship in Denver history with the 1996 Stanley Cup. They won their second Cup in 2001. During those early years, the Avs had a rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings, one of the nastiest in sports history. Players such as Ray Bourque, Jarome Iginla, Jari Kurri, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, and Patrick Roy have lit up the Colorado marquee.
The Avalanche are the second NHL franchise to try and make a go of it in Colorado. In 1976 the Kansas City Scouts became the Colorado Rockies but never caught on. A losing team and small crowds doomed them from the start. They became the New Jersey Devils after the 1981-82 season.
For the past three seasons, the Colorado Avalanche have been favored to win the Stanley Cup championship. Colorado looked like the team to beat in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they went up 2-0 against the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round. But Vegas stormed back to win the next four games and the series. Colorado was shattered after the defeat but did not blow everything up. The Avalanche management realizes that they have a loaded team. Colorado fans have responded with packed crowds at Ball Arena and the most enthusiasm since their initial Stanley Cup years.
The Avalanche management was rewarded in 2022 with a Stanley Cup. Their patience and wisdom paid off, and more glory is expected with a young team that is the most talented in the NHL.
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