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Final Grade: Kyle Cumiskey

This report card is a joint effort by Beachie, Sandie, Paul, SlamDunktheFunk and DDC. Stats courtesy of and

2010 - Kyle Cumiskey 18 1 7 8 -3 10 0 0 0 21


Final Grade


Final Grade: C-

Midseason Grade: C

Last Year: B

Position: D

Vitals: 5'10" / 185 lbs / Age 24 / Shoots Left

Drafted by Avalanche in the 7th round (222nd) of the 2005 Entry Draft

Joined Avalanche: Debuted in the 2006-2007 season (first game: January 1st, 2007 against Nashville)

MHH Nicknames: Road Runner, Wheels, Thing 2


  • Foote 12gp 1g 5a 6pt -3
  • Holos 4gp 0g 2a 2pt +1
  • Hannan 1gp 0g 0a 0pt -2
  • Shattenkirk 1gp 0g 0a 0pt Even

Avs with Cumiskey in the lineup: 7-10-1 (.417 pt %) 2.9 GF 3.8 GA

Ice Time:

  • TTOI 19:39 (6th)
  • EV 14:36 (12th)
  • PK 2:55 (2nd) (!)
  • PP 2:07 (6th)

Career Highlights: Cumiskey missed most of the season. A concussion and whiplash limited his season to just 18 games.

Report: There's not much to say, really. Cumiskey's asset - that which made us overlook his defensive lapses - was his amazing speed. Whether it was injuries or the fact the rest of the team got faster, Cumiskey's "wheels" went a little flat this past season. Add in continued poor decision-making on defense and a lack of effective offensive play, and you have a player that added little to the Avs' blueline, even in the limited number of games he played.

Fun Fact:
Cumiskey is from Abbotsford, British Columbia. Other past residents of Abbotsford include David van der Gulik, Flames' coach Jim Playfair, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Lost hottie Evangeline Lilly

The Kyle Cumiskey Drinking Game: Drink when an Altidude mentions how great it is to watch him skate. Drunk potential: Alcohol poisoning

What We Said Last Year: He's been short-changed in previous season's because of injuries, and maybe his slight frame is to blame, but if he can stay healthy, refine his offense decision making, and improve in his own end, he will become a great NHL defenseman.

2010 Cap Hit: $600,000

2011 Status: RFA ($660,000 QO required)

Outlook for Next Season: After making strides last year, Cumiskey seemed to be taking a step backward even before injuries completely derailed another season. Over the last four seasons, Cumiskey has played in 156 NHL & AHL games...less than half of the 328 games he could have played in. When he has been in the lineup, has he played well enough to earn a spot? We don't think so, but he hasn't exactly lacked for ice time (check out that PK time). Frankly, we're not really sure where he fits into the grand scheme of things, but we do expect him to be back and in the mix for a spot on the 3rd pairing.

Next Up: Philippe Dupuis