There was so much hype about Roy coming back to Denver, you had to expect a disaster. Not hardly.
The Captain really started to show some leadership and looked much more comfortable with that C riding his chest.
Shifting to Matt Duchene's wing sparked scoring that gave O'Reilly his best season yet.
Benoit was the kind of signing that made you go, "Hmmmm?" He turned out to be a good third-pairing player who put up some numbers, gave the kids a veteran presence on the blueline, and limited the times you still went "hmmmm?"
Bordy's role changed a bit this season as fighting wasn't his only job.
Cody Mac did what Cody Mac does: bring it.
It was a disappointing year for Wilson, never gaining confidence after an early injury.
He didn't put anyone in the hospital or cost the Avs the playoffs, so I guess there's that.
It's hard not to imagine how different the playoffs would have been if Tangs had stayed healthy.
This season was a roaring success for Hishon, and his stats have nothing to do with it.
We didn't need Giguere to be stellar this season as Varlamov had that role down pat, but we did need him to hold his own. He did pretty much that.
Extraordinary. That's the first word that comes to mind when thinking about MacK.
We didn't see much of Carey, but his first dip into the show wasn't bad.
Stastny continued to do what he's always done: quietly be a bad ass. This season, though, more people noticed and realized how much the Avs really need him.
This guy never quits. On the forecheck, on the penalty kill, on the ice.
Nothing flashy, Cliche came in and did his job.
Still has the feet, still needs the hockey IQ.
Downie's appeal as a player may have led to his ultimate surrendering of his Avs' sweater.
Sarich was supposed to add veteran stability. He did what he could, but unfortunately, injuries and age caught up to him.
Another inconsistent player, Parenteau would show flashes of top-line play only to follow it up with a disappearing act.
VDG is one of those guys you love to have on your affiliate team as his transition for call-up duty is seamless.
Versatile, albeit inconsistent, McGinn put in a season worthy of a new contract with the Avs. Now if only the Avs can keep a healthy top six so that Fatty can man the third line like he's built to.
We all knew he'd be good. This season, he proved he is rising to elite status.
Despite clearly being on the downside of his career, Hejda was a calming influence on EJ and allowed him to take risks offensively.
For as frustrating as he was at times, Johnny was a solid commodity all season.
Criticism for not living up to that number one overall draft pick followed Johnson every season...until now.
Some nights, you'd say, "NATE!" Some nights, you'd say, "Naaaate?!?!"
Barrie destroyed most people's predictions of his ceiling.
Karl Stollery got his cup of coffee in the NHL this season with the Avalanche.
For a guy who was supposed to be a depth signing, Holden sure turned some heads.
Semyon Varlamov went from frustratingly average in the locked out 2013 season to one of the three best in the league this season.
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