Avs fans finally got a chance to see parts of the main roster in game action at the Burgundy and White game yesterday. A large chunk of the opening day lineup weren’t around, but we did get to see some of the kids step up. J.T. Compher proved he deserves a place in the NHL. He was the best forward for most of the game - scoring two goals in the process.
A.J. Greer continues to play the role of big-bodies agitator, even causing a scrum with Varly after taking a few liberties during a goal-mouth scramble.
Thoughts on white post game - Siemens looked like the overall best defencemen, Brittain looked in control after giving up an earlier goal.— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) September 17, 2017
It’s good to see Siemens assert himself early in camp. He has a very good chance of making the roster and is likely on his last legs with the organization if he fails to do so.
Here’s some more insight from our Conor McCluskey who was in attendance Saturday morning.
Thoughts on white after 1 - Compher should make the team. Bigras has stood out. Martin has looked good. And Yakupov looks REALLY good.— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) September 17, 2017
Thoughts on white after 2 - Mironov can't handle the puck, Greer will do anything to make the team, Timmins hasn't played much.— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) September 17, 2017
Thoughts on Bur after 2 - Varly looked better that period, Warsofsky is small but can move the puck well, Boikov has not looked good.— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) September 17, 2017
Before the game, we took a look at which of the young forwards we expect to start the season with the big club. [MHH]
Yesterday we got a look at Varly’s new mask. Check out this great breakdown of the new design. [inGoal]
Matt Duchene trade talk might be getting old for Avalanche fans, but sometimes it’s good to get an outsider’s perspective on the whole thing. Craig Morgan believes we’ve reached the point of no return. [FanRag]
From around the hockey world
Yesterday, the hockey world was caught a little off guard with the news that Jason Demers had been traded to the Arizona Coyotes for Jamie McGinn. Once again John Chayka has shown he can pick on a lesser GM as he totally fleeced Dale Tallon in this move. Demers is a very good defender that will slot into the top-4 for the Coyotes. Along with the addition of Niklas Hjalmarsson and Adam Clendening, this trade turns the Arizona blueline into one of the strongest in the Western Conference. [TSN]
McGinn face-timed Demers (former teammates). Demers excited to join McGinn in AZ. McGinn told Demers he was going other way. Didn't know.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) September 17, 2017
How bad is Vancouver? It turns out Jason Demers would rather be traded to the Coyotes. Reports surfaced after the trade that Demers vetoed a trade to the Canucks that would have seen the Panthers re-acquire Erik Gudbranson. [Sportsnet]
The DU Pioneers season is getting close, we took a look another of the freshmen class. This time it’s Jaakko Heikkinen coming over from Finland. [MHH]