Examine the AHLers in the Colorado Avalanche lineup

Same song, second verse. The Colorado Avalanche are hurt to hell and back.

With seven names on the roster, the team that calls Ball Arena their home has been renamed the Colorado Avaleagels simply due to the fact that there are currently so many AHL-caliber players on the team. Let’s see how they’ve fared so far.

Martin Kaut (11 GP, 1G, 1A)

Kaut has played the most of the AHLers this season with the Avs. He has recorded just one goal and one assist in 11 games. While starting in the bottom six, he has stepped up for the injured Valeri Nichushkin to be a permanent fixture on the right flank on the second row.

Although not a great points scorer, Kaut was notable in his game. In the NHL Global Series games in Finland, he excelled the most with his average ice time of 9:22. His 11 games is the most he has played in an NHL season to date. Hopefully, despite his injury, he can play a little longer against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Sampo Ranta (3GP, 0G, 0A)

Ranta is one of the Eagles’ more recent drafts but has yet to book a point. Averaging just 5:42 ice time in those three games, he fell into the trap of Jared Bednar, who limited ice time for the fourth row in tight games.

Ranta wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t particularly noticeable either. Depending on how long it takes for players to recover from injuries, Ranta will continue to play and gain more NHL-level experience.

Mikhail Maltsev (5GP, 0G, 0A)

Maltsev was arguably the Eagles’ most prominent appearance as injuries began to pile up. Averaging 6:36 ice time, they were good games in which Maltsev chased the puck, applied the pressure to force turnovers and had a few chances down the fourth row.

While Maltsev is with the Eagles right now, he could earn his shot on the team if Jared Bednar wants to keep adding experience to the boys and rotating that thin roster.

Jayson Megna (5GP, 0G, 0A)

Megna shares the exact same stat line as his Maltsev counterpart and is the latest call-up to take his place in the lineup. One of the big advantages Megna has in his 5:58 ice time average this season is his faceoff ability.

He won more than half of his faceoffs in every game except against the Carolina Hurricanes and Seattle Kraken. In a team that has struggled in faceoffs for all of last year, it bodes well that he could keep his spot on the team well into the distant future.

Shane Bowers (1GP, OG, 0A)

The anticipation for Bowers to make his NHL debut and see how he fared was sky high. However, it quickly came back to Earth when he was injured at just 1:46 Ice Age.

However, his two shifts prior to his upper body injury showed promise. The pressure he put on the forecheck and a golden chance to score on his first shift. He will be out for the next few weeks but will certainly be back on Avalanche’s radar.

Andreas Englund (1GP, 0G, 0A)

Englund is the lite version of Kurtis MacDermid: big and strong. Strangely enough, he takes care of the injured MacDermid. In his first game on Monday night he wasn’t bad at all. He walked well, threw a few hits and ultimately didn’t screw up much.

While he’s far from NHL caliber, he’s fit for the moment. The more he plays, the more likely he’ll get better and more ice time than the 10:27 he got against the Blues.

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