by PuckStopsHere on 04/10/13 at 12:09 AM ET
In order for a team to fall into last place they must be poorly run. That is true of our current last place team the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado's GM Greg Sherman has never shown any skills in player development or talent evaluation of any kind. He was a financial guy who was Colorado's salary cap expert. He has done poorly in some of his earlier trades and has never done anything to convince me he is not well over his head as an NHL general manager.
His Colorado team has a record of 12-27 with five regulation tie points. That gives Colorado 29 points, which is three points worse than any other team in the league.
Their problems can be clearly seen by looking at their defence. The top three players in terms of ice time on defence are Matt Hunwick, Jan Hejda and Greg Zanon. This group doesn't scare anyone and has yet to score a goal this season. This is the worst defence in the NHL. It would make any goaltending look bad.
Semyon Varlamov is their top goalie and he is posting a lacklustre .902 saves percentage and 3.02 GAA.
In terms of scoring, only two Avs have succeeded this year. PA Parenteau and Matt Duchene are the only players on the team with as many as 20 points this year. Perhaps Paul Stastny should have been able to reach that level but he has missed a few games. Ryan O'Reilly has done well with 14 points in his 20 games but he missed the first part of the season because Sherman lost a holdout with him when Calgary signed him to an offer sheet.
Colorado is a bad team. They are a bad team because they have a bad general manager. That is usually a given when a team is bad. It is something Colorado's ownership should address. They may actually do so this summer.
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