With Tyson Barrie out of the lineup until at least the end of January, the Colorado Avalanche have recalled 23-year-old left-handed shooting defenseman Andrei Mironov from the San Antonio Rampage to replace him on the 23-man roster.
The Avalanche now have only one right-shooting defenseman on the roster in Erik Johnson. Nikita Zadorov, Patrik Nemeth, Mark Barberio, Samuel Girard, and Anton Lindholm fill out the defense core.
Mironov is a 6-foot-3, 194-pound Russian in his first season in North America after spending five seasons on Dynamo Moscow of the KHL. The rookie fourth-rounder in 2015 has six points (1g, 5a) in 14 games with San Antonio and three points (1g, 2a) in nine NHL games this season.
In a corresponding move, the Rampage have called up 22-year-old right-handed defenseman Tommy Vannelli from the Tulsa Oilers (ECHL). San Antonio now has eight defensemen on their roster including Nicolas Meloche, Mason Geertsen, Chris Bigras, David Warsofsky, Duncan Seimens, Chris Butler, and Jesse Graham.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Vannelli is a former second-round pick, 47th overall to the St. Louis Blues. This is his first year in Tulsa after spending his previous two professional seasons with the Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL), Missouri Mavericks (ECHL), and Chicago Wolves (AHL). In his ECHL career Vannelli has tallied 33 points (5g, 28a) in 73 games, one assist in seven career AHL games.