3 Upgrades Colorado Avalanche Need In The New Year

The Colorado Avalanche are a powerhouse once again, but the same faces have been the ones carrying the heavy load this season. The Avalanche have the potential to win the Stanley Cup again, and that is the goal. What they need is to upgrade some areas before the deadline in order to have an easier time doing so.

Top-6 Winger

The stars on the Avalanche are known for missing some time each season with injuries. Gabriel Landeskog, the captain, is out for the season, so he's out of the equation. Artturi Lehkonen has been injured for a while this season and has only played 12 games. Luckily, Nathan MacKinnon has been able to stay healthy. But they don't know if or when something could happen. With Jonathan Drouin playing on the top line and Miles Wood on the second line, there is a need for another talented winger to come in and contribute. He doesn't have to be expensive, just effective. The Avalanche need the cushion.

Backup Goalie

Alexandar Georgiev has been overworked this season again. He has already played 32 of the team's 39 games. With Pavel Francouz out for the season, Ivan Prosvetov was picked up on waivers. His numbers aren't bad, but the Avalanche don't have the trust in him to start him more and give Georgiev more of a break from playing so many games. The team needs someone with more experience and proven ability to be brought in. It will help out in the long run and for the rest of the season.

Scoring Depth

Scoring depth has been a big problem for the Avalanche for a while now with how strong the top-six has been. In the playoffs last season, it was so poor that big changes were made to bolster that depth. With some of the key forwards injured or injury prone, that depth has had to move up and once again thinned out the actual bottom-six. The Avalanche need more options that can produce, or at the very least, stay healthy.

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