Colorado Avalanche Offseason Free Agent Targets: Forwards

The Colorado Avalanche have a forward depth problem, especially with a couple of their top players out of the lineup and some of the depth forced to move up the lineup. This offseason is the time to address that issue as it needs to be a full team effort if the Avalanche want to get to the top of the mountain once again.

Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist can be a very underrated free agent addition by the Avalanche and fit perfectly in the lineup. He may not be a prolific scorer, but he can put up points, something the Avalanche desperately need. They have gotten zero scoring help from the bottom of their lineup and it's costing them their first round series against the Seattle Kraken.

On the other side of things, Nyquist was acquired by the Minnesota Wild while injured and has provided five points in four regular season games and four points in five playoff games for them. At this point in his career, the 33-year-old would fit in on the second or third line on the wing for cheaper than his current $5.5 million AAV contract. He has never not been able to put up points and there doesn't appear to be much help coming in terms of forward prospects next season.

Connor Brown

Connor Brown unfortunately got injured just four games into the season for the Washington Capitals and didn't play another game. The Capitals have a very full forward group and not a ton of cap space to work with, so I expect Brown to hit free agency.

Similar to how the Avalanche got Evan Rodrigues for cheap and he has been utilized a lot this season, Brown is a player who can play up and down the lineup and provide great play at both ends of the ice. He won't cost a lot to sign, which is one of the things that Colorado will be looking for. He has received consideration for the Selke Trophy, Lady Byng Trophy, and has a 0.61 points-per-game over the past four seasons.

Max Domi

Max Domi can be an offseason target to not only help with secondary scoring, but potentially fill a spot that J.T. Compher, Rodrigues, or both leave behind in the offseason. Domi can play both center and the wing and has proven that he is a player that can be counted on to score and hold down a top-six spot. He will be the most expensive of the three names here, but may also be worth it as he's the youngest and has the highest ceiling.

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