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:

Sven Andrighetto

# Pos Sh Ht Wt Born Birthplace
10 RW L 5′ 10″ 188 Mar 21, 1993 Zurich, CHE
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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.

Gabriel Bourque

57 LW L 5′ 10″ 206 Sep 23, 1990 Rimouski, QC, CAN

 

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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.

Matt Calvert

11 LW L 5′ 11″ 186 Dec 24, 1989 Brandon, MB, CAN
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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.

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Adrian Dater
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Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.

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