It’s opening day on Thursday, so say hello to your 2018-19 Colorado Avalanche. Some of these guys will come and go as the season moves along, but for now, here’s a snapshot look at the individuals on the roster today:
|10||RW||L||5′ 10″||188||Mar 21, 1993||Zurich, CHE|
THE SKINNY: Unfortunately for No. 10, he starts the season on injured reserve, probably two to four weeks, with an injured left foot. … On a team without a lot of scoring depth, his absence hurts already. … Fast, up and down winger with some good skill. Not big, and not a great defensive player. … Scored the goal that won Game 5 against Nashville in the playoffs, the Avs’ last great moment from last spring. … One of the sharpest-dressed players on the team. He and Gabe Landeskog vie for that title probably, with Nikita Zadorov also in the conversation.
|57||LW||L||5′ 10″||206||Sep 23, 1990||Rimouski, QC, CAN|
THE SKINNY: Kind of a mystery man on the team. Just goes about his business quietly and professionally. … Plays a grinding, lunchpail kind of game, nothing fancy. May start the season on the third line, but probably will settle into his usual fourth-line role before long. … Has 306 games of NHL experience.
|11||LW||L||5′ 11″||186||Dec 24, 1989||Brandon, MB, CAN|
THE SKINNY: Newcomer from Columbus, who signed a three-year, $8.5 million free-agent contract. … Expected to play a major role on the penalty kill, the younger replacement for the departed Blake Comeau. He is a specialist at scoring short-handed goals, almost had a couple of them in the preseason. … Not big, but plays tough. Has some injury history, however. … Avs hope he can score 10-15 goals, maybe a few more.