It's been an amazing season for the Avalanche something that most would've never guessed to happen. Nobody predicted us to win the Central Division in fact Patrick Roy said that Chicago would win the Division. This was the same Avs team as last year with a few more players added. Those players had an impact on the team players like Benoit and Holden contributed to the Offense in ways they weren't asked to do. They were supposed to be role players but they stepped up and added more. I would be surprised if the Avs didn't lock them up for the next couple of years. It's something that they need to look at with all the cap space they have this year. With the help of those players the Avs made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and they didn't just scrape by they dominated with a 52-22-8 record plus 112 points the second highest since 2000-01. This Avs team was different then the last year and the new guys helped make that identity of winning with passion.
Andre Benoit- Defenseman - previous team: Ottawa Senators
Nick Holden Defenseman - previous team : Columbus Blue Jackets
Nate Guenin Defenseman - previous team : Anaheim Ducks
Nathan Mackinnon - Forward previous team : Halifax Mooseheads
Corey Sarich - Defenseman previous team : Calgary Flames
Patrick Roy Head Coach previous team Quebec Ramparts
Andre Tourigny Assistant Coach Previous team : Rouyn Noranda Huskies
Francois Allaire Goalie Coach
This isn't a big list as you can see but each one has made an impact on the Avs this season. Benoit was a consistent defenseman with a few mishaps in the beginning Holden contributed with offense and Guenin was steady defenseman most of the time. With the forwards Mackinnon scored 63 points and most likely won the Calder because of it. He also had a plus minus of 20 which shows he just didn't help out with the offense. Tanguay was solid contributor but he was injured early in the season so it was too hard to tell what would have happened. Sarich was a good defensive defenseman who helped out in the back end. Patrick Roy was one of the biggest contributors to the success this season. He turned around a team that was 29th in the league last year with almost the same guys. He brought in the Tourigny and Allaire to help out with the team and they too had an impact. Allaire changed how Varly played leading him to an amazing season. It's safe to say that without these guys the season would have been much different. Patrick Roy helped mold this team together. Next year we will probably see a few new guys and see others gone. This season has made the Avs an attractive place for free agents to sign. I predict next year will be even better.