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The Avalanche captain produced 30 goals, 59 points, a plus-27 rating, 78 PIMs, seven power play goals, 15 power play points, 150 shots, 94 hits and 34 blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Landeskog had his season cut well short in 2022 as the Avalanche opted to put him under the knife on March 12th to deal with a lingering knee issue. Colorado was well positioned to make the playoffs and were thinking about the greater good. The gritty leadership from Landeskog is a prime example of what any team should want out of their captain. Not only does he have the ability to net points playing on the top line with Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen, he never shy's away from body contact or a tilt. Whether he's standing up for his team mates or trying to shift momentum, he can always be counted on to provide physicality when needed. This is even more important for a team that has previously been built on speed and scoring but that doesn't necessarily lead to success in the post-season when playing physical can determine the series. They have bolstered up their size this year and having Landeskog lead by example will only fire up his team that much more. If you're playing in a league that values hits, you can consider him in the first round due to the tremendous scoring upside. If not, he's an easy selection in the second round.

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Cale Makar finished the regular season with 28 goals, 58 assists, a team-high plus-48, 26 PIMs, nine power play goals, 34 power play points, 240 shots, 95 hits and 110 blocks.

Fantasy Impact: The stud Avalanche defender posted career-highs in goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes and power play points. If you were able to take the time and watch the Avalanche play, you can immediately tell how special of a player he is. His ability to generate offense from his own zone while maintaining defensive integrity is a talent not many defenders have. His edge work while skating is impressive to say the least as he can pants multiple players more than once with his agility and elusiveness (Queue up the Kirby Dach and Quinn Hughes videos where he embarrassed them both). His constant composed demeanor may give you the impression he doesn't have an aggressive side but ask Antoinne Roussel or Jordan Staal and they might say different. Makar appeared to say to Roussel, "I f**ked you up", after the play where he laid him out trying to exit the zone, but the camera cut out. Again attesting to his edge work, the power he can generate to deliver a hit in such close quarters is truly impressive. Jordan Staal ate one and was forced from the game. Both hits are square in the chest and nearly perfect in terms of a quality hit while not running the man. He is undoubtedly a consideration for the Norris Trophy this year and will be neck and neck with Nashville's Roman Josi. If you want him on your roster next season, be prepared to spend your first rounder on him.

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Mikko Rantanen produced the most points of all Colorado skaters in 2022 by netting 36 goals, 56 assists, a plus-35 rating, 56 PIMs, 35 power play points, 254 shots, 58 hits and 43 blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Rantanen produced career-high's in points, plus/minus, PIMs, while tying his career-best in power play goals (16) and power play points. "The Moose" as he is known to the Avs faithful is load to handle on the right wing with his imposing size, body presence, vision, and ability not only to score but set up his team mates by demanding coverage. With plenty of years left on his contract with Colorado there's no reason to think he won't remain on the top line with Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan Mackinnon which is a force to be reckoned with regardless of opposition defense and goal tending. He rivals Alex Ovechkin for the first RW off the board in drafts but Ovechkin still plays the body and nearly triples him in hits (155) Rantanen is a great pull if you somehow manage to snag him in the second round and will fill the offensive stats for you regularly.

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Nathan Mackinnon appeared in just over three quarters of Colorado's games this year and narrowly missed his career-low which he held in 2015-16 at 64. The Avalanche super-star had 32 goals, 56 assists, a plus-22 rating (tied career-best), 42 PIMs, 27 power play points, 299 shots, 68 hits and 39 blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Mackinnon racked up the assists early this year and was shy in the goal column, only accounting for ten goals leading up to February 15th. He picked up the pace to close out the season by netting 22 for the Avs and continues to be a key piece for Colorado at center. He is a driving force on the power play and has nearly unmatched speed and quickness in his game. He has also added an element of toughness this year as he's dropped the mitts on more than one occasion when the bell rings. He will be on the top line accompanied by captain Gabriel Landeskog and star winger Mikko Rantanen for the foreseeable future on a team that is poised to see the post-season regularly in the up coming years. You won't be able to get him outside of the first round, or the top five picks for that matter.


Pavel Francouz was on the losing end of Friday's bout with the Minnesota Wild as they were defeated 4-1. He saved 18 of the 21 shots he faced for an .857 save percentage.

Fantasy Impact: It was a relatively slow night in the shot department but wasn't able to hold off the Wild. The first goal was by Jordan Greenway and was a not-so-hard wrist shot that snuck through the short side. Colorado didn't provide much help for him so they'll end the regular season with a loss. Francouz has faired very well as Darcy Kuemper's back up, reaching a 15-4-0-1 record with a 2.52 GAA and .918 save percentage.

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Nazem Kadri registered a goal, a minus-1 rating, and two shots as the Avalanche fell to the hosting Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Rantanen was able to recover the puck in the Minnesota zone and had Kadri open. He put a wrist shot on net and it snuck through Marc-Andre Fleury's arm for his 28th on the year. The marker bumps him up to 87 points through 71 games played with Colorado. Kadri cooled off as the season wound down but made his presence felt on the stat sheet. He will be looking for a new contract next year and his production will help him pull in a decent payday. Hopefully he will be able to play in every post season game in 2022.

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Artturi Lehkonen netted the game-winner for the Avalanche as the took down St. Louis. He finished the game with a goal, a plus-2 rating, two PIM, two shots, four hits, and blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Lehkonen provided a solid stat line to go with his goal which was the result of a Jordan Binnington turn over. He capitalized when the puck got out to the front due to a misplay behind the net. Lehkonen stole the puck and slid it home only :09 seconds into the third for his 18th goal this year. He now has 37 points and is fitting in very well with Colorado since being picked up from Montreal.

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Josh Manson contributed a goal, a plus-1 rating, one shot, two hits and one block helping the Avs down the Blues.

Fantasy Impact: Manson found himself at the top of the circle with an open shot. He made a nice effort with the wrister to beat Jordan Binnington and scored his second goal with the Avalanche since being traded from Anaheim. He has six goals and 14 points.

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Erik Johnson scores one for Avs

Wed, Apr 27th 12:43am EDT
By Jeremy Farr

Erik Johnson netted a goal in Colorado's 5-3 victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues. He also contributed three shots, hits and blocks.

Fantasy Impact: The goal was the result of Alex Newhook hacking the puck off St. Louis while they were trying to break out. J.T. Compher made a drive towards the net and created a rebound. Johson collected and scored on the open net for his eighth goal and 25th point this season.

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Valeri Nichushkin opened the scoring for Colorado helping down the visiting St. Louis Blues 5-3 on Tuesday night. His stat line included a goal, an assist, two PIM, and four shots.

Fantasy Impact: NIchushkin's goal was set up by a Nathan Mackinnon face off win. He trailed to the high slot and wristed one through traffic that ended up sneaking past Jordan Binnington. He also provided the primary assist for Artturi Lehkonen's goal. He has nearly doubled his points from last year at 50. He has four goals in his last six games.

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Darcy Kuemper turned away 28 of 31 shots for a .903 save percentage on Tuesday night, backstopping the Avalanche to a 5-3 home-win over the St. Louis Blues.

Fantasy Impact: There we go. The win snaps the Avalanche out of a season-long, four-game losing streak. The last time they dropped three in a row was way back in October when STL, WSH and FLA bested them, 5-3, 6-3 and 4-1. O'Reilly struck twice late in the third period to bring it within one but Kadri cashed in on the open net for the insurance goal. The win moves Kuemper to 36-12-0-3 with a 2.51 GAA and .922 save percentage. Look for Pavel Francouz to fill in at least one of the remaining two starts.

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Ben Meyers scores in NHL debut

Sun, Apr 17th 8:38am EDT
By Jeremy Farr

Ben Meyers tallied a goal, an even-rating and two shots in Colorado's 7-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Freshly up from the Minnesota Gophers, Meyers decided he wanted to play for the Avalanche. He made no mistake on the doorstep when he hacked in a rebound opportunity and put it past Frederik Andersen for his first goal in his first game.

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Bowen Byram provided two assists, a plus-3 rating, two hits and two blocks helping Colorado defeat L.A. 9-3.

Fantasy Impact: Although he didn't find the back of the net his presence was noticeable. He looked like he was skating much more comfortably and smooth while leading break outs. If he can stay healthy he is a major boost to an already Cale Makar-led defensive corps. He might be available on the wire in public leagues for the playoffs. He has five goals and 16 points through 22 games played.

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Nicolas Aube- Kube posted two goals, a plus-2 rating, four shots, one hit and one block in Colorado's 9-2 rout over the L.A. Kings on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Aube-Kubel opened the scoring 2:54 in to the game when a rebound broke loose to him. He turned and fired through some bodies and found the back of the net. The next marker might not have been a goal on a better night and Peterson may have been screened a bit but it beat him regardless and counted for his 11th goal and 20th point. He has racked up 19 of those 20 points while in an Avalanche uniform after being claimed from waivers after Philadelphia let him go on November 13th.

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Sturm picked up the secondary assist on one of the Avalanche second period goals as they beat the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Colorado's forward is up to 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 63 games for the year.

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Burakovsky scored a second period goal and added an assist in the third period of the Colorado win over the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: The Avalanche forward has registered points (2 goals, 4 assists) in four straight games and is at 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists) in 69 games.

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Newhook picked up a pair of assists in the Avalanche win against Winnipeg.

Fantasy Impact: Colorado's young forward now has points (1 goal, 4 assists) in four consecutive games, he's up to 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 61 contests this season.

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Three points for Devon Toews

Tue, Apr 5th 11:42pm EDT
By Jeremy Farr

Devon Toews tallied three helpers on Tuesday night as the Avalanche defeated the Penguins 6-4 in Pittsburgh. He finished the game with three points, a plus-2 rating and one shot.

Fantasy Impact: Toews will continue to be a very effective fantasy contributor from the rear-guard. He backs up a high scoring offense and serves with Cale Makar. Expect him to continue to provide positive results. He now has 13 goals and 53 points this year.

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J.T. Comper scored a goal in Colorado's 6-4 road-win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. He finished the game with a goal, an assist, a plus-3 rating, two shots and one hit.

Fantasy Impact: Compher was following Avalanche-rookie Alex Newhook in on the offensive charge. Newhook got into a shotting position and made a nice shot that created a rebound to which Compher buried and retook the lead. That makes 14 on the year and he has nice upside on a nightly basis.

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Darren Helm scored the second of four goals the Avalanche hung on the visiting San Jose Sharks on Thursday in their 4-2 victory. He tallied a goal, a plus-1 rating, one shot, two hits and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Val Nichushkin intercepted the San Jose breakout attempt by batting the puck down. It created a two on one for them and Helm made no mistake on his shot by roofing it. He's up to 11 points this year.

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