In August, during my 3 From 30 series, I named three Colorado Avalanche players who I thought would be rising stars this season. The names included captain Gabriel Landeskog, P.A. Parenteau, and Jamie McGinn. Two of these players are leading scorers so far for their teams. Not only are they just scoring, they have helped lead their team to a great 4-0 start this season. Are they the only factors in this though?
P.A. Parenteau has three goals and one assist in his four games this season, sitting at the top of the points list. Right behind him, and tied for 2nd with Matt Duchene, is Jamie McGinn. These two players have two goals and two assists, also totaling four points in four games. Gabriel Landeskog sits at the bottom with no points and participating in three games. These players are huge contributors, but it isn’t just the offensive players. Let’s take a look at Colorado’s goaltenders.
Semyon Varlamov has played three out of four of the games this season. He has allowed only three goals. He allowed just one goal in each of his three games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stepped in for one game and stole the show. He snagged a shutout, his 37th career shutout, Thursday night with a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins. These two goaltenders are playing phenomenal and they have a chance to keep it up. But this isn’t where we end this article. Let’s look a little closer, more towards the bench.
Patrick Roy, the man, the myth, the legend. After trying to attack Bruce Boudreau against Anaheim in the season opener for the Avs, he has stepped up ad led his team to the first 3-0 start in their existence. Obviously, this is also their first 4-0 start in the team’s history also. He has done a great job leading the players of his former Avs and has really reached out to the team. They take on the Washington Capitals on Saturday, and I think they can take a 5-0 season start this year over a struggling Caps team.
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