Ross Colton

Ross Colton

27-Year-Old Left WingLW
Colorado Avalanche
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Colorado and Tampa Bay are the two best run organizations in the NHL, so it was amusing to see the former acquire Colton from the latter in late June for a second-rounder (Ethan Gauthier) in the 2023 draft. The Avalanche immediately inked Colton, who had 16 goals and 32 points in 81 games for the Lightning a season ago, to a new four-year, $16 million deal. Colton's fantasy value shouldn't change much in his new location. Roughly 20 goals, 40 points, 150 shots on goal and 175 hits feels right. That's enough all-around fantasy production for a late-round stab in deeper formats. The former University of Vermont product will be 27 years old right before training camp begins. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Avalanche in July of 2023.
Puts Avs on board
LWColorado Avalanche
February 19, 2024
Colton scored a goal on four shots along with one hit and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Coyotes.
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Colton put Colorado up 1-0 early in the first period when Miles Wood set him up from behind the net. It was the second goal in three games for Colton, who has four points in that span. The Avalanche's latest iteration of the second line, which now includes Artturi Lehkonen, has combined to produce six even-strength goals over the last three contests.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:06
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:44
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:09
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
2021–22
12:48
1:24
0:01
2022–23
12:21
1:16
0:00
2023–24
14:06
1:44
0:09
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
No team in the NHL does a better job with mid-to-late round draft picks and undrafted free agents than the Lightning and Colton is the latest example of that trend. The New Jersey native established himself as a regular for Tampa Bay in 2021-22, finishing with 22 goals and 39 points in 79 games. Colton added 159 shots on goal and 153 hits for good measure. He isn't a threat to crack the Lightning's top six any time soon, but Colton saw time on the club's second power-play unit last year, which helps strengthen his floor from a fantasy perspective. There's definitely room at the back end of drafts for a player like Colton who should post upwards of 20 goals and 150-plus hits in 2022-23.
The Lightning have proven they can turn almost anyone into a useful NHL player and Colton is the latest example. A University of Vermont product and former fourth-round pick (2016), Colton seized a full-time role in Tampa Bay in late March and never relinquished it. He finished with nine goals and 12 points in 30 regular-season games, in addition to suiting up in all 23 (four goals, two assists) of Tampa's postseason contests in a run to a second straight Stanley Cup championship. Colton seems likely to begin the 2021-22 campaign on Tampa Bay's third line (thus having limited fantasy appeal), but this is the type of player the Lightning have had success with in the past and it wouldn't be surprising to see Colton outperform expectations.
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Logs assist in loss
LWColorado Avalanche
February 16, 2024
Colton recorded an assist, two shots on net and one block over 13:50 of ice time in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning.
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Goal, assist in victory
LWColorado Avalanche
February 13, 2024
Colton notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Capitals.
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Dishes two assists
LWColorado Avalanche
January 26, 2024
Colton provided a pair of assists, including one on the power play, and went plus-2 in Friday's 5-1 win over the Kings.
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Logs helper in win
LWColorado Avalanche
January 25, 2024
Colton had an assist, three shots on net, one hit and two penalty minutes over 14:56 of ice time in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Capitals.
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Three helpers in win
LWColorado Avalanche
January 21, 2024
Colton notched three assists in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Flyers.
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