5 moves the Avalanche can make to get back to the playoffs

DENVER, CO - APRIL 16: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon
DENVER, CO - APRIL 16: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon /
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3. Draft NHL-ready players

The draft is another good way for the Avalanche to add some impact players. They need some more defenders and a goalie. They need to make sure to draft players that can help them now, because they Avalanche are close .

Colorado needs to stock up its minor-league system so it has depth to use next season. Especially when there are injuries — and there will be injuries.

They have had some successful drafts in recent years, including stars Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon. They are two of the best players on this team.

Some examples could be Rasmus Andin or Serron Noel — prospects with a lot of good qualities and that seem to have the maturity to be up in the NHL early. There are quite a few prospects in this years draft that could be seen that way.

The Avalanche need to use the draft to their advantage. It helps the team now and in the future.

Even if the team drafts a player to play in the AHL, it gives the team a chance to bring up prospects to help now.