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Are the Avalanche legit Stanley Cup contenders? Here’s what the national media has to say.

JOE NGUYEN | jnguyen@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
JOE NGUYEN | jnguyen@denverpost.com | The Denver Post

The Colorado Avalanche enters the 2019-20 season with high hopes and even higher expectations. After upsetting Calgary in the first round of the playoffs and pushing San Jose to Game 7 in the second round, the hype is big for the Avs to contend for the third Stanley Cup in franchise history. Oddsmaker Bovada has Colorado at 12-to-1 odds to win it all, fifth best behind Tampa Bay (7/1), Toronto (17/2), Vegas (10/1) and Boston (11/1).

So, should the hype be believed? Here’s a look at what the national (and international) media are saying:

TSN’s Frank Seravalli didn’t mince words in his bold predictions: The Colorado Avalanche will hoist the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history. One year after falling in Game 7 of Round 2, the Avs are more experienced, stronger down the middle (Nazem Kadri), ready to take flight on defense (Cale Makar), and have other young players (Tyson Jost) better positioned to succeed with more depth.”

ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski places Colorado in “The Next Wave” contender tier, saying: “The hype train has left the station thanks to a tremendous offseason for GM Joe Sakic, but we’re weary of crowning a conference king before we’re sure they’re going to be in the throne room. In other words, Colorado might have as much potential to win the Central as it does to be right back on the playoff bubble. But the Avs are very much a threat to win a Cup in the next three to four seasons.”

USA Today doesn’t have the Avs advancing far into the playoffs, and just two of the four writers surveyed have Colorado winning the Central Division. That said, there is one big individual accolade predicted: “Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon received two votes to win the Hart Trophy as MVP.”

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