There are seven current Avalanche players representing four different countries in the 2017 IIHF World Championships in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France:
- Calvin Pickard - Canada
- Tyson Barries - Canada
- Matt Duchene - Canada
- Nathan Mackinnon - Canada
- Mikko Rantanen - Finland
- Grabriel Landeskog - Sweden
- J.T. Compher - U.S.A
The NHL season ended far before April 9th for the Avalanche even though that was the team's last regular season game.
Now that the season is behind them and the weight of their bleak season has vanished, the Avalanche stars can play to their true potential in the World Championships.
All six skaters have a positive plus/minus in their three games so far in the tournament, meaning they're on the ice when their team scores rather than being on the ice when scored on.
Nathan Mackinnon is leading the tournament in goals scored and is ranked second in points, while teammate defenseman Tyson Barrie leads defenseman in points and also ranked 4th among all skaters with seven.
J.T. Compher also tallied the game-winner for Team USA in today's 4-3 victory against Avalanche teammate Gabe Landeskog's Team Sweden.
|Avalanche stats in IIHF World Championships after three games|
Avalanche and Team Canada goaltender, Calvin Pickard, has one goal against on 42 shots and recorded a shut out for Team Canada today in their 6-0 win versus Belarus. He is ranked among the top 5 goalies in the tournament currently.
Maybe last year's season is all on Head Coach Jared Bednar and his coaching methods or maybe the game is more stress-free now that the players are unburdened with a lose-after-loss season looming ahead.
Either way the Avalanches' talent is being well-represented in the IIHF World Championships.
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