Meet the 2020-21 Colorado Avalanche: A breakdown of the team roster – The Denver Post

Forwards

11 Matt Calvert

LW | 31 years old | 5-foot-11 | 190 pounds
Forced to watch the Avs lose a second-round Game 7 for the second consecutive year. They need this valuable bottom-six forward healthy.

13 Valeri Nichushkin

RW | 25 | 6-4 | 210
The inconsistent Russian forward is really good when he’s scoring and playing with confidence.

17 Tyson Jost

LW | 22 | 5-11 | 187
The Avs’ 2016 first-round draft pick (10th overall) will begin on the fourth line and help kill penalties.

25 Logan O’Connor

RW | 24 | 6-0 | 175
The Avs raved about his play amid all the injuries in the playoffs and this could be his first full season in the NHL.

20 Brandon Saad

LW | 28 | 6-1 | 206
Acquired from Chicago for a defenseman the Avs didn’t want, the two-time Stanley Cup champion adds scoring depth and experience.

29 Nathan MacKinnon

C | 25 | 6-0 | 200
He’s the heart of this team, a bonafide superstar with an unmatched skill set and an early Hart Trophy front-runner.

37 J.T. Compher

C | 25 | 6-0 | 193
The ideal third-line center is a primary penalty killer and one of the tougher players on this team.

41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

C | 35 | 6-0 | 198
His second season likely will be his last with the Avs, but the Frenchman still has a significant role as the fourth-line center and primary penalty killer.

72 Joonas Donskoi

RW | 28 | 6-0 | 190
The versatile Finn can play right wing on any line. He was sorely missed while injured during the playoffs.

91 Nazem Kadri

C | 30 | 6-0 | 192
The second-line center enters his second season with the Avs following an impressive debut campaign. He provides scoring, toughness and leadership.

92 Gabe Landeskog

LW | 28 | 6-1 | 215
Team captain is beginning his eighth season with the Avs and is involved in every aspect of the team.

95 Andre Burakovsky

RW | 25 | 6-3 | 201
Finished with a career-high 20 goals and 45 points as the Avs’ third-leading scorer in his first year in Colorado. Has a highly effective wrist shot.

96 Mikko Rantanen

RW | 24 | 6-4 | 215
Has perennial all-star potential but missed 28 games to injury last season. His health is paramount for the Avs’ championship hopes.

Defensemen

6 Erik Johnson

D | 32 | 6-4 | 225
The Avs’ most tenured player is beginning his 10th full season in Colorado. He will begin on the second pairing and serve as a primary penalty killer.

8 Cale Makar

D | 22 | 5-11 | 187
He won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player in 2019 and the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 2020. He’s the young superstar of this team.

4 Bo Byram

D | 19 | 6-1 | 194
A rookie, the first defenseman selected in the 2019 draft (fourth overall) will begin outside the lineup but probably get at least six games to prove the Avs don’t want to send him back to juniors.

7 Devon Toews

D | 26 | 6-1 | 191
The newcomer from the New York Islanders is an exciting two-way defenseman entering his prime. Will add speed and help the Avs in all situations.

22 Conor Timmins

D | 22 | 6-2 | 185
Barring injuries, will probably join the Colorado Eagles next month when the AHL starts up to ensure that he’s playing games and not an NHL healthy scratch.

27 Ryan Graves

D | 25 | 6-5 | 225
Led the NHL in plus-minus rating last season and got a hefty raise. He is the Avs’ young shutdown defenseman who has a knack for scoring.

28 Ian Cole

D | 31 | 6-1 | 220
The two-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh might be an occasional healthy scratch if the Avs believe Bryam and/or Timmins helps them more.

49 Sam Girard

D | 22 | 5-10 | 170
His team-long seven-year contract worth $35 million kicks in while he plays on the second pairing.

Goaltenders

31 Philipp Grubauer

G | 29 | 6-1 | 188
Enters the final year of his contract as the likely No. 1 guy between the pipes for the second straight year.

39 Pavel Francouz

G | 30 | 6-0 | 179
His two-year extension worth $4 million kicks as he tries to become the full-time starter in his second year in the league.

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