For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
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Gone – Nazem Kadri (still unsigned at time of writing), Andre Burakovsky, Nico Sturm, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Dylan Sikura, Kiefer Sherwood, Darcy Kuemper
Incoming – Anton Blidh, Brad Hunt, Alexandar Georgiev, Jonas Johansson
Impact of changes – Stanley Cup-winning teams during the salary cap era often have key players they cannot afford to keep, and the Avalanche are no different. Kadri made the most of his career year and then some, scoring at a career-best 87 points. Assuming the Avalanche don't move a mountain or two to re-sign him, Kadri will be a significant loss. Yet the Avalanche are a deep team that should be able to withstand not having Kadri, remaining a strong Stanley Cup favorite again.
The defending Stanley Cup champions will also feature a new goalie. Kuemper had priced himself out of the Avalanche's cap space, so he signed a free agent contract with Washington. Just before free agency, the Avs traded for Georgiev, who has been a backup for both Henrik Lundqvist and Igor Shesterkin in New York. With no exper