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Originally Published: August 13, 2009
By and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, moving deeper into the Northwest Division on Thursday with the Avalanche.

Summer Skate -- Colorado Avalanche


Possibly no team in the league will have lower expectations going into the season than the Colorado Avalanche, who not only finished third-to-last in the league last season but also lost their captain to retirement and traded away their top scorer, Ryan Smyth. The Avalanche will be in full rebuilding mode, looking to see their young players develop in the hopes of becoming a competitive team in a few years.

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