The Colorado Avalanche have reassigned defenseman Andrei Mironov to the San Antonio Rampage. The 23-year old has been with the Avs since the start of the season but he has only been in the lineup for one game making, his NHL debut on October 5th in New York.
During the preseason, Mironov looked good at times but clearly hadn’t adapted to the North American game. He would wander a lot, especially in his own zone. The floating would often result in him being caught out of position - and that is something NHL coaches will have a big issue with.
It’s obvious that Mironov has the tools to be an NHL player, he just needs time to develop and adapt to a more structured system.
The Moscow, native played the previous five seasons in the KHL with Dynamo Moskva, winning the KHL’s Gagarin Cup Championship in the 2012-13 season and being named to the KHL All-Star team in the 2014-15 season. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound defenseman registered 40 points (12g/28a) in 196 KHL games.
Dusing the offseason, many argued that Mironov was a lock to make the team as he only came over from Russia because he was guaranteed to not be sent to the AHL. That apparently was not the case.
Don’t be surprised if we see Mironov again later in the year after he gets some playing time under his belt with the Rampage.