The good news - it's only up from here. The Colorado Avalanche suffered their worst season since relocating to Denver in 1995 under first year coach Jared Bednar. However, the Avalanche have an avid fan base that is constantly selling out the Pepsi Center coupled with a young team led by former #1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, so there is hope for years to come. MacKinnon led the team in points last season with 53. He has certainly lived up to the hype and is still improving and could be the key cog that propels this team back into playoff contention. Another young bright spot on the team was former first round pick Mikko Rantanen. The Finnish forward is just 20 years old, but was able to produce for the Avs last season, leading the team with 20 goals. Captain Gabriel Landeskog will look to recapture his form this season and continue to improve at the ripe age of just 24. Center Matt Duchene had another productive year, finishing with 41 points despite the team's struggles.
General manager Joe Sakic made a great value sign this offseason, locking up Nail Yakupov to a 1-yr, $875k deal. This is a low risk, high reward signing, as Yakupov was the #1 overall pick from the 2012 draft and is loaded with potential; he will finally get quality ice time with quality linemates and could be primed for a breakout year.
In the 2017-18 season, the Avalanche will host the Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, and more.
You can watch your favorite Avalanche players in a private luxury box at the Pepsi Center. Through Suite Experience Group you can rent a suite for a single Avalanche game. A suite at the Pepsi Center will grant your group early access to the suite through a private VIP entrance. A dedicated suite attendant will be on hand for anything you need during the game. Your luxury box will include a wet bar, comfortable seating in extra wide theater style seats and access to exclusive bars and restaurants located on the suite level. You will get VIP parking and choose from premium in-suite catering options. Other special events that the Pepsi Center will be hosting include Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, Bruno Mars, and Gabriel Iglesias.