Expected Graduation: The Western Conference is very, very tight. But this group was good enough to make the cut last season through all of its injuries and adversity. I'm a little more concerned than most that Granato's coaching style will leave Budaj and Raycroft a bit more exposed than Theodore ever was. It comes down to goaltending and health: If Colorado has both, they'll make the cut as a 6-through-8 seed.Wyshynski is one of the first, I guess you could call them, well, not really "experts" but maybe something along the lines very knowledgeable fans who have actually picked the Avs to possibly make the playoffs.
Now maybe the return of Joe Sakic has changed things, but the point is, props to the Puck Daddy for his fair and balanced (like Fox!) review and also, the link to The Avslova Factor in his article.
Note: 22 day until opening faceoff. Then we'll have some actual news to discuss.