Midseason Grade: INC
Final Grade: INC
Joined Team: Drafted in the 7th round of the 2005 Entry Draft.
- Leopold (5)
- One game as a 7th defenseman
- TOT 8:30 (12th)
- EV 8:09 (12th)
- PK 0:00 (13th)
- PP :23 (11th)
*Rank is based on total minutes, not average per game.
Best Month: January (3 games, 0 points)
Career Highlights: Cumiskey was named to the AHL All-Star team
Report: This was a disaster of a season for Cumiskey on several different levels. Not only did a late-January shoulder injury knock him out in a season where he would have had a golden opportunity to get some NHL experience, but the early part of the season was a ridiculous development shunter as Cumiskey was shuttled 4 times between Denver and Cleveland and was a scratch for 15 of the 21 games he was up with the Avs.
In essence, the entire season was a complete write-off.
Fun Fact: Cumsiskey played in just 34 games between Lake Erie and Denver - the lowest total of his professional career.
The Kyle Cumiskey Drinking Game: Drink when someone bigger than Cumiskey is on the ice Drunk potential: Severe
What I Said Last Year: "As much as I like Cumiskey's surprising play in his own end, he needs to create some offense if he wants to stick around in Denver. And I hope he does, because I could easily see him becoming one of my favorite Avalanche players."
2008 Salary (and Cap Number): $475K ($552K)
2009-2010 Status: RFA ($522,500 QO)
Outlook for 2009: Cumiskey remains an intriguing character; he's small, but he can skate like the wind. With the lost season, we don't really know any more or less about Cumiskey's ability to make it in the NHL. I still feel it boils down to whether he can become comfortable with his offensive game. If he can find his offensive mojo, I think he can become a rather useful defensemen for the Avs. He needs an opportunity to play, though. Watching games from the press box is doing nothing for his development.
Next Up: Derek Peltier