The Avalanche is further proof that you have to lose before you win

Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, and Tampa Bay Lightning: What Do All These Organizations Have in Common?

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

Most of the time, long-term success in the NHL requires having been very bad at getting your hands on talented players with big draft picks.

As Dave Poulin explains in his analysis, Colorado has a lot of very talented players. In fact, they have 12 former NHL first-round picks. From 2010 to 2017, the former Nordiques missed the playoffs 6 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 drafted Matt Duchene in 2009 with the third overall win. Duchene was traded a few years later, allowing them to bring in Bowen Byram and Samuel Girard.

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

If you look at the teams that have been the most successful in the NHL in recent years, this trend becomes clear.

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

Chicago Blackhawks (three in six years): Missed the playoffs nine times in ten years and got their hands on Patrick Kane (1st) and Jonathan Toews (3rd).

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

Tampa Bay Blitz (two in a row and possibly a third): They’ve missed the playoffs five times in six seasons. Jonathan Drouin (3rd and traded in for Mikhail Segachev), Victor Hedman (2nd) and Steven Stamkos (1st) were all brought on through club absences.

Obviously, it takes a lot more than two or three top picks to win the Stanley Cup (talk to the Sabers or the Oilers), but it’s still the best way to win over the players an organization is built around want to build.

There are a few counterexamples like the Boston Bruins, which have grown into one of the most consistent organizations in the league without ever sinking all the way down, but those tend to be the exceptions.

Usually in the NHL you have to lose before you win.

So supporters of the Montreal Canadiens still have to be patient. Anyone expecting a quick conversion will most likely be disappointed. The Habs will need more than this year’s first pick before they get back on track.

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


– That’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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