Reaching the heights of the Colorado Avalanche will take a lot of work
Photo by Christian Petersen /Getty Images Article content The Colorado Avalanche are one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup this season. And they’re likely to be favourites for years to come.
So just how close are the Vancouver Canucks to being the Colorado Avalanche? Canucks GM Jim Benning thinks two years.
That same question was posed to a dozen different observers most of whom spoke anonymously from around the National Hockey League and the consensus was clear, Benning is wrong and there is much work to be done if the Canucks are to be considered a true Stanley Cup contender.
“First, everything needs to go right with the development of their young core. They’ll need their top prospects to turn into above average NHLers and they need to hit on a couple more early picks (in the drafts to come),” Robinson said. “Maybe a mid round gem.
Article content “If all that happened, they could be there in three years maybe? The likelihood of all that happening is extremely low though.”
Rachel Doerrie, a former analyst in the New Jersey Devils hockey operations department who now hosts The Staff and Graph podcast with The Hockey News’ Mike Stephens, was much more in line with high end replica hermes belt
the overall feedback.
“Vancouver has too much money locked up in players that don’t play up to or above their contract value (Tyler) Myers comes to mind. If they want to get to Colorado, they have to let the bad money walk away and decide that overpaying for things like grit and leadership don’t work if those players can’t contribute offensively and be responsible defensively. A mix of ELCs (entry level contracts) and players playing above their contract value is the recipe. Starting next year, I don’t think Canucks have either of those things,” Doerrie said.
“It’s probably at least five years until they’re close to the Avs and I’m not confident they get there. Don’t forget it also requires taking advantage of others teams to acquire players like Devon Toews, Sam Girard and Brandon Saad.”
Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche regroups after taking a stick to the face against the St. Louis Blues in the third period at Enterprise Center on May 23, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Tom Pennington /PNG One league source compared the current state of the two clubs as the Avs nearing the summit of Mount Everest while the Canucks have just reached base camp.
Another quipped that it will take the Avalanche’s window ending in a decade for the Canucks to be as good as their former Northwest Division rivals.