The Colorado Avalanche brought defenseman Anton Lindholm over from the SHL’s Skelleftea AIK last season, letting him get his feet wet in North America before hoping he’d get a shot at a full-time NHL role this year.
Then, his season was derailed early.
The Avs lost Lindholm for a chunk of the fall season to a broken jaw, suffered early against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Now, though, he’s back - and he’ll be joined in the NHL lineup by Duncan Siemens, while two other players were sent down to San Antonio. [Mile High Hockey]
Speaking of young players, some food for thought: the Avalanche have a lot of scoring potential in their young roster, and it seems they’re willing to lean on it. Is this their best move? [MHH]
Meanwhile, the blue line could get a new look - well, kind of. Ian Cole of the Pittsburgh Penguins is reportedly on the market, and the Avalanche have been tied to him. It’s worth considering whether or not he’d truly be a good fit. [MHH]
There’s also some more player safety news out today:
Chicago’s Patrick Kane fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for slashing Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 28, 2017
Out west, the Arizona Coyotes just got a little stronger. Top prospect Jakob Chychrun, who has been out since the offseason due to a knee injury, was assigned to the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners on Tuesday for a conditioning stint. [Five For Howling]
Finally, speaking of Arizona - former Coyotes tough guy (and Twitter legend) Paul ‘Biznasty’ Bissonnette weighed in on stats on Tuesday night:
I like this stat but like most if not all analytics are a result of moving parts. A well structured team with good back pressure allows defenseman to establish better gaps and be more aggressive. https://t.co/fMBnvr932H— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) November 29, 2017
If Paul Bissonnette can rationally discuss statistics, we all can.