Trying to predict Avalanche trades in the Sherman era is next to impossible. He's a big fan of picking up hidden gems that have become buried on their team's depth chart - players that the average fan has never even heard of before - and doing so in large, bold moves. However, it is glaringly obvious that even with a healthy team, the Avs need help at defense. With the O'Reilly situation likely to end in a trade, now is as good a time as any to think about a blueline upgrade.

So who might we target? While an in-his-prime (26-32ish) defenseman would probably be ideal, the price tag on someone that age who's capable of playing 20+ minutes a night is most likely out of our range. That leaves two options: older and younger. Given the Avs' core's young average age, the fact the team is still rebuilding, and Sherman's recent trade history, I think our most likely bet is picking up a young player.