We all know how bad the Colorado Avalanche are struggling this season, currently a few games away from ending their worst season in franchise history.
However, recently the team has given fans a few reasons to keep buying tickets and tuning into the games. Rookie call-ups of JT Compher and Anton Lindholm combined with the entry-level contract signing of Tyson Jost have Avs’ fans excited about this team despite it’s league worst record.
On Friday night, the Avalanche defeated their division rival St. Louis Blues, 2-1 in a game that was decided in a shootout. In the game, 2016 first-round pick Tyson Jost made his NHL debut and while he looked a little shell shocked very early on, Jost settled in nicely among the Avs top forward group.
The player that stood out the most however was forward JT Compher. His power play goal in the 2nd period was his third of the season already, and his energy on every single shift has sparked and given life to this team of deadbeats.
Here’s a look at his goal that was scored on the power play:
Compher later in the game made a great move across the front of the net to get the puck past Allen again, but this time was robbed by the post. The kid’s play has been impressive and has many wondering why he wasn’t recalled earlier in the season. After all, this team has had little to no life from their role playing forwards all year.
With the additions of Compher, Jost and Lindholm to the lineup lately the Avalanche front office is getting a great look at the future as the 2016-17 NHL season winds down. Put these three together with AJ Greer who made his NHL debut earlier in the season, and the Avs seemingly have four new additions to their lineup going into next season — and it’s cheaper than spending money on lower level free agents like they have done in the past.
The forward group has a lot of energy and skill now, and pick-ups like Sven Andrighetto and Matt Nieto have also helped in that regard.
Going into the offseason, the Avalanche need to improve a lot over their performance this year… but the kids are proving right now that this team might not be as far off as everyone thinks.