Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Avs Training Camp: First Cuts

First of all, props to Mile High Hockey and The Avalanche Guild for being all over Avalanche training camp. For those of us who can't be there, it's a tremendous help to have recaps and tweets every single night. That said, all of the analysis (if any) surrounding training camp will be based from what I've read by people who were actually there.

We're now a day away from Colorado's first pre-season game against the Dallas Stars. Per tradition, the Avs made their first cuts today, one day after the annual Burgundy and White game.

No surprising names on that list. Perhaps the most interesting player reassigned is Sami Aittokallio, who by all accounts has been phenomenal over the last week.

More cuts will continue to come over the next week, and there are still several position battles to be fought. Here's a look at the current shoo-ins, as well as the guys with a legitimate chance of earning a spot on the opening night roster.

Lindstrom-Stastny-Jones
Apparently, this Lindstrom guy is for real. It would be REALLY nice to have an actual top-6 left winger for a change.

Mueller-Duchene-Hejduk
Any questions?

Landeskog-O'Reilly-Galiardi
Landeskog hasn't been fantastic, but word is that the kid is ready to play in the NHL.

?-?-?
A ferocious battle to play on the fourth line. In order of likelihood of landing the spots: McClement, Winnik, McLeod, Malone, Yip

Hejda-Johnson
It's actually really exciting to have a true shutdown defense pairing

O'Byrne-Quincey
Two of the four defensive shoo-ins. They probably won't be paired together, depending on who takes the 5th and 6th spot.

?-?
The candidates for the last two spots (in no order) are Ryan Wilson (no training camp due to injury), Shane O'Brien (solid but unspectacular), Duncan Siemens (impressing, but probably too young), Matt Hunwick (NOOOOOO), Jonas Holos (terrible camp), Cameron Gaunce (not much being said about him), Stefan Elliott (turning heads, great camp), Kyle Cumiskey (again, terrible camp), and Tyson Barrie (solid camp).

So it would be an understatement to say that there are going to be some interesting decisions to be made. My money would be on Wilson, O'Brien and Elliott staying in the big leagues at the start of the season.

One day until hockey (sort of).
Go Avs


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