With the top-six reportedly all healthy and ready to go come playoffs (barring any injuries in the weeks leading up to them), it’s safe to say the Avalanche should be primed to have a deep playoff run because of that. But this is 2020. Really, all bets are off when it comes to how things should go. Let’s take another look at the forward situation and do some armchair GMing. These are my Avalanche best playoff lines – assuming things change at some point.
The Depth Has Held Up
The Avalanche had a good run right before the stoppage, despite missing Mack, Landy, Mikko and Kadri much of the time, not to mention Grubauer going down against the Kings in the outdoor battle of the horrid uniforms. So, the depth did its job. But come playoff time, when the going gets fricken tough, it’ll be called upon yet again.
When you have a lethal top six such as the Avalanche, it is easy to get carried away thinking that they should carry the scoring and the bottom six should be the checking lines, doing the dirty crap. But it doesn’t always work like that. As good as the big line of Mack, Mikko and Landy are, they’ve shown at times that they are human. It doesn’t work ALL THE TIME. But we have a fallback now. New boys Burky and Kadri lead what is a valuable second line that scores at a high rate and Donskoi and Big Val can plug and play just about anywhere.