Meet the 2021-22 Avalanche: A breakdown of the complete team roster

A look at the Colorado Avalanche’s roster heading into the 2021-22 season.

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11 Mikhail Maltsev

C | 23 | 6-3 | 198

Acquired from New Jersey for defenseman Ryan Graves, whom the Avs probably would have lost in the expansion draft, Maltsev is a solid young addition.

13 Valeri Nichushkin

W | 26 | 6-4 | 210

Another contract year for the big Russian with massive potential. He seems capable of doubling his career-high 14 goals.

17 Tyson Jost

C | 23 | 5-11 | 187

He has found his niche as a reliable two-way player and key penalty killer. Will his scoring potential surface?

18 Alex Newhook

C | 20 | 5-10 | 190

The talented rookie from Boston College did not stand out through training camp and preseason. But the Avs believe his ceiling is high.

25 Logan O’Connor

W | 25 | 6-0 | 175

Much like Jost, another exceptional role player with offensive potential. He’s extraordinarily tough for his size, too.

29 Nathan MacKinnon

C | 26 | 6-0 | 200

A three-time Hart Trophy finalist in the last four years, MacKinnon is a world-renowned player who desperately wants to deliver on team’s Stanley Cup potential. Will not play in opener after positive COVID-19 test.

37 J.T. Compher

C | 26 | 6-0 | 190

Coming off a disappointing season but spent offseason preparing himself mentally to better handle adversity. He’s now on the No. 1 power play.

43 Darren Helm

C | 34 | 6-0 | 192

Signed a one-year contract after a 13-year stint with the Red Wings. He’s a responsible depth player chasing the Cup.

75 Sampo Ranta

W | 21 | 6-2 | 195

He played for the University of Minnesota the last three seasons and was the most impressive young Avs forward in the preseason. Can play on any line.

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91 Nazem Kadri

C | 31 | 6-0 | 192

Second-line center won’t be back next season if he doesn’t produce more offense and avoid costly suspensions.

92 Gabe Landeskog

W | 29 | 6-1 | 215

The captain is beginning a seven-year, $49 million contract. He’s intent on proving he’s worth the investment.

95 Andre Burakovsky

W | 26 | 6-3 | 201

A free agent after the season, Burakovsky probably has the best wrist shot on the team. The Avs will try to extend him if he gets off to a hot offensive start.

95 Mikko Rantanen

W | 25 | 6-4 | 215

The world-class right winger scored 30 goals in 52 games last season. He’s capable of reaching 50 goals in a full 82-game campaign.

Defensemen
3 Jack Johnson

D | 33 | 6-1 | 227

The 950-game NHL veteran signed a one-year deal off a professional tryout contract. He adds depth and experience.

4 Bo Byram

D | 20 | 6-1 | 190

He’s the next Cale Makar, but shoots from the other side (left). Byram will be a staple for this team for a long time.

6 Erik Johnson

D | 33 | 6-4 | 225

Injuries limited the former No. 1 overall pick to four games last season. He’s an important player if he can remain healthy.

7 Devon Toews

D | 27 | 6-1 | 191

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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