As the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club enter the 2013 season, all of its players achieved significant statistical marks last season or are about to reach statistical milestones this year. Here is a statistical look of this season’s players and what to expect from them in the franchise’s 18th year in Denver.
Tyson Barrie – Is currently leading all Lake Erie Monsters defensemen in scoring with 27 points (6g/21a) in 36 AHL games this season. His 27 points rank him fourth among AHL defenders this year.
Steve Downie - Tallied seven points (2g/5a) in his first four games after being acquired by Colorado on Feb. 21, 2012. That equaled the most points ever scored by a player in his first four games with the Avalanche (Theo Fleury, March of 1999)
Jan Hejda – Led all Colorado defensemen in games played (81), minutes (1675:18), even-strength ice time (17:33 per game) and goals (5-tied) during his first year with the Avalanche in 2011-12.
Milan Hejduk - Enters the 2012-13 campaign needing just nine games to become the first player in Colorado Avalanche history to appear in 1,000 career regular season games.
Matt Hunwick - Dressed in each of the final 21 contests to end the 2011-12 season, tallying five points (3g/2a) with a +1 rating during that stretch.
Erik Johnson - Led all Colorado defensemen in scoring with 26 points (4g/22a) in 73 games last season.
David Jones – Scored two overtime goals in 2011-12, giving him five in his career (third-most in franchise history). All five of his OT winners have come since Jan. 1, 2011, tied with Steven Stamkos for the highest total of any NHL player during that time span.
Chuck Kobasew – Enters the 2012-13 season needing just one point to reach 200 career points. He scored his 100th NHL goal last season and is four assists away from reaching 100 career helpers.
Gabriel Landeskog - Was named team captain of the Avalanche on Sept. 4, 2012. At 19 years, 286 days, Landeskog became the youngest captain in NHL history. He was 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby, who was 19 years, 297 days when he was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 31, 2007.
Jamie McGinn - Recorded 13 points (8g/5a) in 17 games with the Avalanche after being acquired from San Jose on Feb. 27, 2012. McGinn’s 13 points tied Paul Stastny for the most on the team from March 1 until the end of the season.
Cody McLeod - Led the Avalanche with 164 penalty minutes last season, his fifth consecutive 100 PIM campaign. He became the first player in Colorado Avalanche history to register 100 penalty minutes in five consecutive seasons.
John Mitchell - Dressed in 18 of the New York Rangers’ 20 playoff contests in 2011-12, posting one assist while winning 53.5% of his faceoffs.
Shane O’Brien – Tied his career high with 17 assists during his first season with the Avalanche (also had 17 with Tampa Bay in 2007-08). O’Brien’s 20 points were one short of his personal best (21 in 2007-08)
Ryan O’Byrne - Led the Avalanche in blocked shots (141) and finished second in hits (180) during the 2011-12 season.
Mark Olver - Dressed in each of the last 24 games for Colorado last season after being recalled from Lake Erie (AHL) on Feb. 16, 2012.
P.A. Parenteau – Finished third on the New York Islanders with 67 points (18g/49a) in 80 games last season. He ranked second on the Islanders with 53 points (20g/33a) in 2010-11.
Paul Stastny - Won a career-high 55.4% of his faceoffs last season, tops on the club and 15th best in the NHL. It was the highest faceoff percentage by an Avalanche player (qualifier) since Andrei Nikolishin won 58.1% in 2003-04.
Semyon Varlamov - Ended the 2011-12 season by going 11-6-1 in his last 18 starts with a 1.88 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts. Only Cory Schneider (.953%) and Mike Smith (.939%) had higher save percentages during that stretch and only Schneider (1.42) and Ilya Bryzgalov (1.76) had a lower GAA.
Ryan Wilson - Led all team defensemen and ranked second overall on the Avalanche with a +11 plus/minus rating in 2011-12. Wilson is +16 for his NHL career.
Greg Zanon – Led his respective team in blocked shots for five consecutive seasons from 2006-2011. He paced the Nashville Predators in that category in 2006-07, ’07-08 and ’08-09 and led the Minnesota Wild in both 2009-10 and 2010-11.
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