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Final Grades: David Koci

This report card is a joint effort by Beachie, Sandie, Paul, SlamDunktheFunk and DDC. Stats courtesy of and

2010 - David Koci 35 1 0 1 -5 80 0 0 0 9



Final Grade




Final Grade: D+

Midseason Grade:  INC

Last Year: F

Position: RW (27gp), LW (4gp), D (4gp)

Vitals: 6'6" / 238 / 30 / Shoots L

Drafted by Pittsburgh in the 5th Round (146th) in the 2000 Entry Draft

Joined Avalanche: July 1, 2009 as a free agent, signing a one-year contract.

MHH Nicknames:



  • McLeod 15gp 0g 0a 0pt -3
  • Winnik 4gp 0g 0a 0pt -2
  • Porter 3gp 1g 0a 1pt +1
  • Dupuis 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
  • McClement 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • O'Reilly 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • Yip 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even


  • Dupuis 21gp 1g 0a 1pt -2
  • O'Reilly 5gp 0g 0a 0pt -3
  • Galiardi 3gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • McClement 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even
  • Olver 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -1


  • Yip 3gp 0g 0a 0pt -1
  • Van der Gulik 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even


  • Holos 4gp 0g 0a 0pt Even

Avs with Koci in the lineup: 10-19-5 (.367 pt %) 2.59 GF 3.91 GA (no Scott Parker-like numbers here)

Ice Time:

  • TTOI 4:05 (20th)
  • EV 4:05 (20th)
  • PK 0:00 (20th)
  • PP 0:00 (20th)

Career Highlights: Scored his third career goal on Jan. 8, 2011, vs. the New York Islanders. Was second on the team in penalty minutes (80) and fighting majors (8).

Report: David Koci is the resident book-lover and self-help guru as well as the enforcer on the Avalanche. Scott Parker he is not, according to out of the eight fights he had this season, he won one (against Boll) and lost four (the rest were draws).  Playing the majority of his season on the right wing he was often in the penalty box seemingly longer than he was on the ice during any given game. He played 35 games, had 80 penalty minutes and averaged around 4 minutes of ice time per game. It should be noted that when he was switched from a forward position to his natural defensman position his ice time increased. Although how much ice time he got is based on Koci's play and how much is based on Sacco's use of the bench is unknown. As a defenseman this hulking guy played a good, solid defense-minded game when he was given the opportunity to do so. If he is back on the Avalanche next year, here's hoping that he can stay in that position, because it works so much better for him that being a forward. Plus having a guy on the bench who can play both as a forward and as a defenseman has to be a bonus. Hopefully we can see Koci blossom out of the shy forward who is expected to fight and into a tough SOB defenseman. What? We can dream, right?

Fun Fact: Koci's lone career assist came on a goal by Mark Recchi

The David Koci Drinking Game: Drink every time Koci makes a good play as a defenseman.  Drunk potential: Surprisingly pretty damn high.

What We Said Last YearAs far as I can see, David Koci adds nothing to this team. Hendricks, McLeod, Durno and Stewart can all fight and actually add some offense. Koci's lone goal came off a Brett Clark shot that hit him in the leg. He doesn't add much physicality either, averaging less than one hit per game. He should be gone this summer. [Ed's Note: Well, we nailed that one. Koci has so far outlasted 3 of the 4 guys on the list]

2010 Cap Hit: $575,000

2011 Status: UFA

Outlook for Next Season: We didn't expect Koci back last year, which is proof positive that you should never, ever look to us for predictions. Clearly, someone in the Avalanche front office felt that Koci is an asset we needed last year and he surprised us late in the year, pitching in admirably on the blueline (heck, he was a better defenseman than a forward). Of course, now that we're all hearts and butterflies about his versatility, he's sure to be let go. We think.

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