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Fair warning to the rest of the league: As fast and young as the Colorado Avalanche were this season Will Hernandez Giants Jersey , general manager Joe Sakic vows to make them even faster and younger.

It’s become a full-speed-ahead priority.

That blend of quickness, youth and skill boosted the Avalanche from the bottom of the league a year ago to a playoff contender this season. Having an MVP candidate like Nathan MacKinnon leading the charge certainly didn’t hurt, either.

”We love the way we play the game,” Sakic said a day after the Avs were eliminated from the first round of the postseason by top-seeded Nashville in six games. ”It’s fast. It’s entertaining. It’s exciting.”

Few expected this kind of run from a Colorado team that had just 48 points in 2016-17. But youthful energy kept the Avalanche in the playoff chase until the end, where they earned the final postseason spot on the last day of the regular season. Their 47-point turnaround from a season ago matches the fourth-highest year-to-year improvement over a full season in NHL history, according to the team.

That bodes well. That is, once the sting of losing to the Predators fades.

”We’re going to stay the course and let this team grow because they deserve it,” said Sakic, whose squad was one of the league’s youngest with an average age of 25.8. ”We’re going to stay young and in the next couple of years may even get younger. If we can, even try to get a little bit quicker and faster out there.”

The Avalanche fully bought into the message of even-keeled coach Jared Bednar, who will be around two more seasons after Sakic announced Monday he recently agreed to a one-year extension with the former American Hockey League coach.

”It’s a cool story that we went from last to the playoffs, but we’re trying to win a Cup Cheap Josh Rosen Jersey ,” said the 22-year-old MacKinnon, who had 39 goals and 58 assists in the regular season. ”We showed a lot of fight this season. … Hopefully we can use some of that next season.”

Things to know about a season in which the Avalanche returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014:

HOME COOKIN’

The Avalanche returned the aura back to the Pepsi Center. They won 28 games at home in the regular season, which tied the franchise record held by the 2000-01 squad that captured the Stanley Cup crown.

”To see the way this Colorado crowd and the city responded to us was great,” defenseman Erik Johnson said.

YOUTHFUL SPIRIT

The future is certainly bright with a total of 11 rookies dressing this season. Even more, nine players got their first taste of the postseason.

”It was great to get into the playoffs just to feel the different level, where you’ve got to go emotionally and intensity goes up,” Sakic said. ”We can’t take it for granted.”

MAC’S OFFENSIVE ATTACK

MacKinnon had a season worthy of consideration for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. He led the league in home scoring this season with 67 points (27 goals, 40 assists). That’s tied with Sakic (2000-01) for most in Avalanche history.

In addition, MacKinnon’s 284 shots were also the most by an Avalanche player since Sakic (332, `00-01).

He was frequently paired with captain Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, giving them one of the league’s most potent lines.

”If you want to bring someone to their first hockey game, you want to bring them to watch Nathan MacKinnon Cheap Isaiah Oliver Jersey ,” Sakic said.

HANGIN’ TEN

Colorado had a 10-game winning streak that began with an overtime win over Toronto on Dec. 29 and ended Jan. 23 with a loss at Montreal. It was the second-longest streak in team history.

”Great group, fun to coach,” Bednar said. ”It was a good season, a fun season – especially for a lot of our guys who went through probably their worst season, myself included, last year to respond and have a season like this.”

INJURIES

Colorado dealt with its fair share of injuries, including the loss of starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Johnson to knee injuries before the playoffs. In the postseason, backup Jonathan Bernier went down. The Avs had to rely on third-stringer Andrew Hammond, who was acquired as part of the three-team trade in November that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa.

”I know we’ll come back stronger,” Landeskog said. ”I’m proud of this team.”

Josh Harris is finally having some fun being an owner of sports franchises in three cities, three leagues and two continents.

It’s been a long wait for Harris, who has led investment groups that bought the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA in 2011 Quenton Nelson Youth Jersey , the New Jersey Devils of the NHL in 2013 and a share of Crystal Palace of the Premier League in England in 2015.

After years of losing, the Sixers and Devils finally returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

”You see the bags under my eyes,” said Harris, who has been doing a lot of traveling since the postseason started.

The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, beat the Miami Heat in five games in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

The Devils lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Even overseas, Harris has seen a turnaround. After going seven straight league games without scoring to begin the season, London-based Crystal Palace is close avoiding relegation.

”I think that what it is is validation,” Harris said during an interview late Wednesday at the Devils’ headquarters at the Prudential Center.

”All these teams we started with a long-range plan and a real strategy about what we wanted to accomplish. We knew it would take several years to get there. We inherited situations that were not set up as well as we would have liked.

”So this is more validation of what we thought. It’s much more fun to be going to games and matches now than to be planning for the draft lottery.”

Harris has seen the Devils transform from an older team to a younger team that skates as well as any franchise in the league. Hiring former Pittsburgh Penguins executive Ray Shero to be his general manager has played a major part in the makeover along with following a plan that built the organization around scouting, analytics, sports science and acquiring players who fit into a set culture that stresses a fast, attacking style and teamwork.

After a horrible 2016-17 season in which they finished last in the Eastern Conference Josh Rosen Cardinals Jersey , the Devils rode the play of forward Taylor Hall and No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier to a 27-point improvement and a playoff berth.

They just ran into a better and more playoff-ready team in the postseason.

”We have said all along we are not going to rest until we win a Stanley Cup,” said Harris, who along with partner David Blitzer, led a group that paid $320 million for a majority share of the Devils, which included the rights to operate Prudential Center arena. ”It’s not easy to do that. Everyone says it, but we are serious about it. This is a stepping stone, but a good stepping stone.”

Blitzer is a partner in all three franchises.

Harris said the Devils need to add more talent to improve, having their existing players get better and to continue to develop their young players in the minor leagues. He said he would gladly spend to get the right elite player.

”As this young team comes together, this is a little analogous to Philly on the basketball side, where you start to see what you have and what you need,” Harris said.

”When you are building that, it’s a little hard to figure what you need. When you go into the free agency market Breeland Speaks Jersey , you need to know what you need because typically in the free agent market it is very competitive. You get 80 cents of value for a dollar because it a competitive market, so you need to know what you need.”

Money is something Harris understands. He is an equity investor who co-founded Apollo Global Management, one of the world’s largest alternative investment firms.

His group spent $280 million to buy the 76ers from Comcast Spectacor in 2011.

Philadelphia was the hottest team in the NBA postseason, winning its final 16 games to finish 52-30 behind the play of Joel Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons.

After its winless start, Crystal Palace has an 8-11-9 record (wins, ties and losses) for 35 points. It is in 14th place in the 20-team league, with three regular season games left.

Harris and Blitzer each own 18 percent of the soccer club along with club chairman Steve Parish.

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