Summer Skate: Colorado Avalanche

After a disappointing 2010-11 season, the Avalanche aren't standing pat

Updated: September 20, 2011, 12:38 PM ET
By Kent Wilson and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus
Milan HejdukJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMilan Hejduk has been steady, but age will eventually force his career into the shadows.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Colorado. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Colorado Avalanche

Colorado came crashing back down to earth after a Cinderella run in 2009-10.

Expectations in Colorado have been tempered as a result, although Greg Sherman's various maneuvers this summer, including the acquisition of Semyon Varlamov for a first-round pick, indicate management is not satisfied with sticking to the status quo.

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.