The Avalanche relegated six players on Monday before taking on a relatively young and inexperienced lineup in Minnesota for a preseason game against Wilde.
AVS coach Jared Bednar said further steps would be taken after the third preseason game, and indicated that 2019 first-round draft pick Alex Newhook needed to play better to avoid a demotion to the American Hockey League’s Colorado Eagles. Is.
The Eagles open Preseason on Saturday.
The NewHooks scored Colorado’s only goal on Monday in a 3-1 loss in St. Paul, Minn.
“Some people are running out of time,” Bednar said after an early morning skate at the Family Sports Center.
Newhook, 20, is starting his first full professional season after joining AVS in March after his sophomore year at Boston College. The 2020 NCAA Freshman of the Year was pegged for free-agent departure Brandon Saad to step in, but that job could now go to fellow rookie Sampo Ranta or 771-game veteran Artem Anisimov, who holds a professional tryout contract. is on.
“He hasn’t stood up to me in a big way yet,” Bednar said of Newhook. “I think we have some other guys who have played really well, and that’s cool, but he’s the one guy I’ve talked to about starting it. Just from the rookie camp, through this camp. Since then, he is getting better now. But he has started slow.”
Newhooks, the 16th overall pick in the 2019 draft, played in their second preseason game on Monday night. He made an assist and two shots against Wilde at the Ball Arena on Thursday but was minus-1. Ranta has been far more impressive, signing with the AVS in April after his junior year at the University of Minnesota.
Ranta was not in Monday’s lineup, nor were most of the Giants who will make up the 23-man opening-night roster.
There are currently 42 players on the roster. Many regular players will play in Tuesday’s preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Ball Arena, and most or all of them in Saturday’s preseason finale at home against the Dallas Stars. Colorado also plays in Dallas on Thursday, which could be the final for those without guaranteed NHL contracts.
NewHook and Ranta are in entry-level contracts that allow them to reassign the AHL without having to go through a waiver.
“There are definitely going to be some tough decisions because there are people who have stood right up to me in training camp so far… and there are some people I haven’t seen enough of,” Bednar said. “We have had some conversations with some people asking them to leave and others are giving pats on the back because their performance is the same.”
Reassigned to the Eagles on Monday were Callahan Burke and Tarun Pfizer, defensemen Nate Klurman and Keaton Middleton and goalkeeper Hunter Miska. Defenseman Jordan Gross was placed on a waiver and will report to the Eagles if he approves.
footnote. 33-year-old Anisimov played his second pre-season game with AVS. He made three shots in last week’s game in Vegas. “It is a very good team and they have a winning mindset. I just want to win,” Anisimov said on Monday when asked why he chose to sign the PTO with Colorado. … Forward Martin Cout, AVS’ 2018 first-round draft pick, canceled his attempt at practice on Monday, Bednar said. Cout crashed on board on Sunday and is on day-to-day.