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Centers of attention: Avalanche need Ryan Johansen, Ross Colton to fill critical roles behind Nathan MacKinnon

Nathan MacKinnon is one of the best centers in the world, but the entire depth chart behind him could be different this season.

For a Colorado Avalanche team with the highest expectations possible, finding the right players to fill those spots could be the difference between another disappointing postseason exit and one that ends with a parade. The Avalanche traded for two players this offseason, Ryan Johansen and Ross Colton, with clear designs to slot them behind MacKinnon as the second- and third-line centers.

They are coming from different situations, with different but equally enticing resumes. If they both succeed, it will be a master stroke of roster building by general manager Chris MacFarland.