Sleeper: The Colorado Avalanche
This one is 100% speculation on my part, not supported by any trade rumors/chatter that I have read so far. Let’s consider the Avalanche’s situation, however: having just picked up superstar-in-the-making Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche want to capitalize on the excitement they have generated by making a speedy return to the playoffs. Their starting goaltending last year was less-than-impressive: Semyon Varlamov started 33 games for them, going 11-21-3 with a GAA of 3.02 and a save percentage of .903. Their backup? Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who is 36 and didn’t fare much better. The Avalanche drafted goalie Spencer Martin, who played well for Team Canada but is still too inconsistent to inherit a starting gig any time soon. I would not be surprised at all to see Colorado suddenly start shopping for goalies, and with so many young forwards on their team, it is feasible to think that the Avalanche could make an offer that the Buffalo Sabres would find difficult to refuse.