It’s been the worst kept secret in hockey. WE’ve known for quite a while that then Colorado Eagles would become the AHL’s 31s franchise in the 2018-19 season - on Tuesday it will finally be made official.
The team will be move from the ECHL and become the top minor league affiliate for the Avalanche.
Having an AHL team so close is huge for the Avs. It allows for easier roster manipulation as well as the opportunity for the coaching and development staff to work with the AHLers more often.
Speaking of AHL affiliates, for this season the Avs will still rely on the San Antonio Rampage and the Rampage are going to get a familiar face back today. Yesterday. Duncan Siemens was placed on waivers and will be assigned to the AHL when he clears at noon.
Given every opportunity to win a roster spot this season, Siemens was underwhelming at camp and was outplayed by guys like Chris Bigras. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if this was the last chance for to prove he belongs in the NHL.
Yesterday, was the DU camp out. Student season ticket holders had the opportunity to meet the defending NCAA champions as well as sit in on a practice for the first time this season.
Two summers ago, the Avalanche lucked into Tyson Jost falling to them at #10. In that same draft, the Vancouver Canucks drafted Olli Juolevi fifth overall - now it looks like the team is having trouble deciding where the defenseman should be playing this season. Juolevi was very disappointing in camp and unfortunately isn’t eligible to play in the AHL.
Juolevi agent Markus Lehto "It looks like London Knights but still a possibility to play in top Europe League." #Canucks— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) September 29, 2017
Elsewhere in the Central Division, the St. Louis Blues are already in some injury trouble. It was announced that Robby Fabbri would be lost for the entire season after re-injuring his surgically repaired knee. Now it looks like both Alex Steen and Patrick Berglund will miss at least the first few weeks of the regular season.