How Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche were built

It was the third championship for the Avalanche and the first since 2001.

Of the 23 players who play at least one postseason game, 11 were acquired through trade, six were selected by Colorado in the NHL draft, five were signed to free agency, and one was acquired via waivers.

Here’s how the Stanley Cup Champion Avalanche’s roster was built, with behind-the-scenes on the coaching staff and general manager:

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Nicolas Aube KubelRW: Aube-Kubel, placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers on November 13, had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 67 regular-season games for Colorado and had no points in 14 playoff games.

Andre BurakowskiLB: Burakovsky, who was acquired in a June 28, 2019 trade with the Capitals for forward Scott Kosmachuk and second- and third-round picks in the 2020 NHL draft, had 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 80 regular-season games and had eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 playoff games.

Andrew CoglianoC: Cogliano was acquired by the San Jose Sharks for a fifth-round pick of the 2024 NHL draft on March 21 and has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 74 regular-season games, including one assist in 18 games for Colorado. He had six points (three goals, three assists) in 16 playoff games.

JT CompherLB: Acquired by the Buffalo Sabers on June 26, 2015 with fullback Nikita ZadorovForward Mikhail Grigorenko and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL forward draft Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn, Compher had a career-high NHL 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 70 regular-season games and eight points (five goals, three assists) in 20 playoff games.

Darren HelmC: Helm, who signed as a free agent on July 29, 2021, has had 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 68 regular-season games and five points (two goals, three assists) in 20 playoff games.

Nazem KadriC: Acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, 2019 with defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft for the defenseman Tyson BarrieForward Alexander Kerfoot Kadri was a sixth-round draft pick in the 2020 draft and had a career-high NHL 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 71 regular-season games and 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 16 playoff games.

Gabriel LandeskogLB: Landeskog was drafted No. 2 in the 2011 NHL Draft and has 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 regular-season games and 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 20 playoff games. He has been the Avalanche captain for the past 10 seasons.

Arturi LehkonenLB: Acquired by the Montreal Canadiens on March 21 as a defenseman Justin Baron Lehkonen was selected in the second round of the 2024 NHL Draft and has 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) in 74 regular-season games, including nine points (six goals, three assists) in 16 games for Colorado. He had 14 points, eight goals, six assists) in 20 playoff games. Lehkonen scored after 1:19 of Game 4 overtime against the Oilers to win the Conference Finals and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 against the Lightning.

Nathan MacKinnonC: MacKinnon was drafted No. 1 in the 2013 NHL Draft and has 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) in 65 regular-season games and 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 20 playoff games.

Alex NewhookC: Selected #16 in the 2019 NHL Draft, Newhook has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 71 regular-season games and four assists in 12 playoff games.

Valery NikhushkinRW: Signed as a free agent on August 19, 2019, Nichushkin had career-high NHL goals (25), assists (27), and points (52) in 62 regular-season games and had 15 points (nine goals, six assists). 20 playoff games.

Logan O’ConnorRW: Signed as a free agent on July 23, 2018, O’Connor had 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 81 regular-season games and three points (one goal, two assists) in 16 playoff games.

Mikko RantanenRW: Rantanen was selected #10 in the 2015 NHL Draft and led the Avalanche with a career-high NHL 92 points (36 goals, 56 assists) in 75 regular-season games and had 25 points (five goals, 20 assists). 20 playoff games.

Nico StormC: Acquired by the Minnesota Wild on March 15 for Forward Tyson Jost, Sturm had 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 74 regular-season games, including three assists in 21 games for Colorado. He had two assists in 13 playoff games.

DEFENDER

Bowen Byram: Byram was drafted No. 4 in the 2019 NHL Draft, having 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 30 regular-season games and nine assists in 20 playoff games.

Samuel Girard: Acquired by the Nashville Predators on November 5, 2017, with forward Vladislav Kamenev and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft for forward Kyle Turris, Girard had 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) in 67 regular-season games and three points (one goal, two assists) in seven playoff games. Girard fractured his sternum in the second round against the St. Louis Blues and was ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs.

Eric Johnson: Acquired by the Blues on February 18, 2011, with forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft at defense Kevin Shattenkirk, forward Chris Stewart and a 2011 second-round pick, Johnson had 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 77 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in 20 playoff games. He is the longest serving player on the team.

JackJohnson: Signed as a free agent on October 10, 2021, Johnson had nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 74 regular-season games and no points in 13 playoff games.

Kal Makar : Makar was selected #4 in the 2017 NHL Draft and had NHL career-highs in goals (28), assists (58), and points (86) in 77 regular-season games and led the Avalanche with 29 points (eight goals). , 21 assists) in 20 playoff games. He had one goal and four assists in Game 4 of the conference finals, became the first defenseman in NHL history with five points in a series-defining game, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Josh Manson: Manson, who was acquired March 14 by the Anaheim Ducks for prospective defenseman Drew Helleson and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, had 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 67 regular-season games, including seven points (two goals , five assists) in 22 games for Colorado. He had eight points (three goals, five assists) in 20 playoff games.

Devon Toews: Toews was acquired by the New York Islanders on October 12, 2020 for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft and had NHL career bests in goals (13), assists (44) and points (57) in 66 regular-season games and had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 20 playoff games.

GOALKEEPER

Pavel Françouz: Francouz, who signed as a free agent on May 2, 2018, was 15-5-1 in 21 regular-season games (18 starts) with an average of 2.55 clean sheets, .916 save percentage and two shutouts, and was at 2 .81 6-0 GAA, .906 save percentage and one shutout in seven playoff games (four starts).

Darcy Kumper: Kuemper was acquired on July 28 by the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Connor Timmins, a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft and a conditional pick in the 2024 NHL draft, five shutouts in 57 regular-season games and going 10-4 with one GAA of 2.57, .902 save percentage and one shutout in 16 playoff games.

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COACHING STAFF

Jared Bednar, Coach: Bednar was hired to replace Patrick Roy on August 25, 2016 and led the Avalanche to the best Western Conference record (56-19-7) and most wins and points (119) in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history. He’s 240-168-46 in the regular season and Colorado has qualified for the playoffs in five of his six seasons.

Ray Bennett, Assistant: Bennett was hired July 7, 2017 and was previously an assistant with the Blues for 10 seasons (2007-17) and the Kings for seven seasons (1999-2006).

Nolan Pratt, Assistant: Pratt was hired on July 15, 2016 and was previously an assistant at Lake Erie of the American Hockey League for five seasons and at Springfield (AHL) from 2011 to 2016. He and Bednar were assistants for Springfield during the 2012–13 season.

Jussi Parkkila, goalkeeping coach: Parkkila was hired on July 7, 2017 and coached goalies in Europe for 12 seasons, five in the Kontinental Hockey League and two seasons in the Liiga, the top professional league in Finland.

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Joe Sakic: Hired as Executive Advisor in 2011, Sakic was promoted to his current role as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations on May 10, 2013, replacing Greg Sherman as General Manager on September 19, 2014. The Hockey Hall of Famer is the Avalanche/Nordiques leader in games (1,378), goals (625), assists (1,016) and points (1,641) and played his entire 20-year NHL career for the franchise. He won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001 and was captain for 17 seasons (1990-91, 1992-2009).

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