2022-23 Colorado Avalanche Predictions and Futures Odds Picks
The Avalanche are coming off a historic season. They finally won the coveted Stanley Cup Championship, beating out a very tough Tampa Bay team. This team has all the potential to make another run this year. They had to make a few tough choices this offseason, and it will be interesting to see how that will affect the team. The team did, however, keep most of the core group intact and appear to be the odds-on favorite to repeat. The time in now for the Avalanche. And with lofty expectations, we will look to see if they will live up to those.
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Colorado Avalanche Offseason Moves
The Avalanche had a couple of key losses I would like to point out first. They lost two key pieces up front in Nazeem Kadri and Andrei Burakovsky, which are significant. They did, however, bring back Valeri Nichushkin on a massive deal and were also able to retain Andrew Cogliano. The team will still have no shortage of offense with bringing these two back, in addition to Mackinnon and company. The Avalanche did lose Darcy Kuemper, which puts them without a clear-cut No. 1 in the net. The tandem of Pavel Francouz and Alexander Georgiev should be just fine during the season, but it will remain to be seen how far that will take them into the playoffs.
This team just got done finishing up celebrating the Stanley Cup. They have one of the best players in the game in Nathan MacKinnon. Cale Makar is looking to win back-to-back Norris trophies. He’s only 23 years old and continues to grow into a star. He’s proved the generational talent he has so far, and it can only grow from here. He was a big factor in the playoff run this past year as well. Between MacKinnon, Makar, Rantanen, and Toews, this team has star power everywhere. Anything short of another deep playoff run will certainly be a disappointment for them. There are no Covid restrictions this year, and the team should be able to go about their quest to repeat unbothered. Make no mistake, this is a talented team that can only hurt themselves this year. The future is bright, and they should be right there for the top spot!
Colorado Avalanche NHL Futures Odds
The Avalanche open the year as the favorites once again. They did so similarly last year and delivered. Colorado opens the year at +450 to win the Stanley Cup, well ahead of the rest of the field. The over/under points is at 110.5, which looks like an easy over to me. They are +270 to hoist the Presidents Trophy. They are +175 to win the Western Conference and -160 to win the weaker Central Division. They are a whopping -3000 to make the playoffs! MacKinnon is +1000 odds, which puts him in 4th currently to win the Hart Memorial Trophy. Mackinnon also has an over/under of points sitting right around the century mark at 99.5. Cale Makar is sitting at +155 to repeat as the James Norris Trophy winner.
2022-23 Colorado Avalanche Predictions
This team is poised to make another deep playoff run. They have the full core back and are the odds on favorites to win the Stanley Cup again. The Central Division is not a particularly hard one, so I expect them to roll through the regular season relatively unscathed. It isn’t always the most popular or sexy decision to pick the favorite to win the Stanley, but it’s hard to argue against it. This is such a complete team, and they’re hungry to go back-to-back. There were multiple years before the championship run that the team had quicker than anticipated exits from the playoffs. They are still a dominant force. And while some of their competition has improved, they would be my pick to win the Stanley Cup at the start of the season.
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