The Avalanches are another test you must lose before you win


Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, and Tampa Bay Lightning: What do all these organizations have in common?

Before finally winning the Stanley Cup, these teams had miserable times during which they remained in the basement of the NHL. The Colorado Avalanche may soon be added to this list and Canadiens fans should take note.

To be successful long-term in the NHL, most of the time, you must have been very bad to get your hands on talented players with high draft picks.

As Dave Poulin explains in his analysis, Colorado has many very talented players. In fact, they have 12 former NHL first-round picks. From 2010 to 2017, the former Nordic players missed the playoffs six times in 7 seasons. This allowed them to get their hands on Cale Makar (4th overall), Mikko Rantanen (10th), Nathan Mackinnon (1st) and Gabriel Landeskog (2nd).

They also picked Matt Duchene with their third overall pick in 2009. Duchene was traded a few years later and allowed them to get Bowen Byram and Samuel Girard.

If Colorado hadn’t been so bad for so long, they could never have gotten their hands on these highly talented players, who are today the cornerstones of the team that qualified for the Stanley Cup final.

If we look at the teams that have been most successful in the NHL in recent years, this trend is evident.

Pittsburgh penguins (three Stanley Cups in nine years): They had missed the playoffs for four consecutive years in the early 2000s, which allowed them to draft Sidney Crosby (1st), Evgeni Malkin (2nd) and Marc-André Fleury ( 1 °).

Chicago Blackhawks (three in six years): he missed the playoffs nine times in ten years and was able to get his hands on Patrick Kane (1st) and Jonathan Toews (3rd).

King of Los Angeles (two in three years): From 2002-03 to 2008-09, they missed the playoffs six times in a row, allowing them to draft Brayden Schenn (5th but traded with Mike Richards), Drew Doughty (2nd), Anze Kopitar (11th) and Dustin Brown (13th).

Tampa Bay Lightning (two in a row and maybe a third): They missed the playoffs five times in six seasons. Jonathan Drouin (3rd and traded with Mikhail Segachev), Victor Hedman (2nd) and Steven Stamkos (1st) were all acquired due to club failures.

Of course, it takes a lot more than two or three better choices to win the Stanley Cup (talk to the Sabers or the Oilers), but it’s still the best way to acquire the players an organization wants to build on.

There are also some counter-examples, such as the Boston Bruins, which have become one of the most consistent organizations in the league without ever sinking to the bottom, but these are more of the exceptions.

As a general rule, you must lose before you win in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens fans will therefore have to be patient. Those who expect a quick reconstruction will most likely be disappointed. The Habs will need more of this year’s first pick before getting back on track.

Without appealing to tank“It’s essential for Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes not to push things too hard to try and be competitive quickly.

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– It’s good to hear!

– A great team to follow.

– Cristobal Huet is the only other.

– A fascinating summer awaits Oilers fans.

– They can afford their arrogance.


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