How Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche were built

Two players who have played at least one game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season have previously won the Stanley Cup: forwards Andre Burakowski (2018, Washington Capitals) and Darren Helm (2008, Detroit Red Wings).

Of the 23 players playing 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 this Stanley Cup finalist’s roster was built with coaching staff and general manager background:

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Nicolas Aube KubelRW: Aube-Kubel, placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 13, had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 67 regular-season games for Colorado and has no points in 12 playoff games.

André Burakowski, LW: Burakovsky, who was acquired on June 28, 2019 in a 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 has five points (one goal, four assists) in 10 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 has three points (two goals, one assist) in 11 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 an NHL career-high with 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) in 70 regular-season games and seven points (five goals, 2 assists) in 14 playoff games.

Darren Helm, C. 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 two points (one goal, one assist) in 14 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 at defensemen 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 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 13 playoff games. He was injured in Game 3 against the Oilers and his status for the cup finals is unknown.

Gabriel LandeskogLB: Landeskog was drafted #2 in the 2011 NHL Draft and has 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 regular-season games and 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 14 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 has 11 points, six goals, five assists) in 14 playoff games and scored 1:19 in overtime in Game 4 to win the Conference Finals.

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 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists) in 14 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 two assists in six playoff games.

Valery NikhushkinRW: Nichushkin, who signed as a free agent on August 19, 2019, had NHL career-highs in goals (25), assists (27) and points (52) in 62 regular-season games and has nine points (five goals, four assists) scored 14 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 11 playoff games.

Mikko RantanenRW: Rantanen was selected #10 in the 2015 NHL Draft and led the Avalanche with a career NHL 92 points (36 goals, 56 assists) in 75 regular-season games and has 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) on the Account 14 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 has one assist in seven playoff games.

DEFENDER

Bowen Byram: Byram was drafted No. 4 by Colorado in the 2019 NHL Draft and has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 30 regular-season games and seven assists in 14 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 for defenseman Kevin ShattenkirkForward Chris Stewart and a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, Johnson had 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 77 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in 14 playoff games.

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

Kal Makar : Makar was drafted #4 in the 2017 NHL Draft and has NHL career bests in goals (28), assists (58), and points (86) in 77 regular-season games and has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists). ) in 14 playoff games. He had one goal and four assists in Game 4 of the Conference Finals, becoming the first defenseman in NHL history with five points in a series-defining game.

Josh Manson: Manson, who was acquired by the Anaheim Ducks on March 14 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 has six points (two goals, four assists) in 14 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 has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 14 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, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts, and has a 2 .86 at 6-0 GAA, .906 save percentage and one shutout in six playoff games (four starts).

Darcy Kumper: Kuemper was picked up by the Arizona Coyotes on July 28 for defenseman Connor Timmins, a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft and a conditional pick in the 2024 NHL draft. He has five shutouts in 57 regular-season games and is 6-2 with one GAA of 2.65 and a save rate of .897 over 10 playoff games. He has not played since suffering an upper-body injury at 12:41 p.m. of the second period in Game 1 of the Conference Finals.

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COACHING STAFF

Jared Bednar, Coach: Bednar was hired on August 25, 2016 to replace Patrick Roy and led the Avalanche to the best Western Conference record (56-19-7) and most wins and points (119) in Avalanche/Quebec history Nordiques. 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 ranks Avalanche/Nordique’s leader in games (1,378), goals (625), assists (1,016) and points (1,641) and has 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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