After dropping their first preseason game on Tuesday night, the Colorado Avalanche have trimmed their training camp roster by 10. The team has reassigned a number of players to the AHL Eagles, while sending Nick Henry and Brandon Saigeon back to junior.
Here is a complete look at the cuts:
C J.C. Beaudin - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
LW Matthew Boucher - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
D Kevin Davis - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
D Nolan De Jong - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
C Josh Dickinson - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
C Grayson Downing - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
RW Nick Henry - Regina Pats (WHL)
C Julien Nantel - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
D Turner Ottenbreit - Colorado Eagles (AHL)
C Brandon Saigeon - Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
Each of Beaudin, Dickinson, Henry, Nantel and Saigeon were in the lineup last night in the team’s preseason opener. After this first round of cuts, the camp roster is now down to 45.
A couple of these cuts are a little surprising, I would have thought a guy like Beaudin or Henry would have been given a little more preseason action before being sent down.
One name that isn’t surprising, though, is Brandon Saigeon. It was suspected ahead of time that he was heading back to the OHL, and has been considered a potential point of contention given his age and AHL eligibility status.
The Avs spent a draft pick on Saigeon this past June with the intention of sending him directly to the Eagles. He was passed over in two previous drafts, and being 20-years-old was immediately AHL eligible - so it made sense for the Avs to select him knowing they had to fill out a new roster.
Unfortunately, between the draft and now, the team came dangerously close to the 50 SPC maximum - meaning they were unable to offer Saigeon an entry level contract, and it appears they would rather send him back to the OHL than keep him in the pros on a minor league deal. While it’s unclear how much of a say he had in that, it remains a surprising use of a pick that had been initially perceived as a slam dunk for a lineup player on the Eagles come this fall.
We should expect another round of cuts sometime next week as the team heads back into preseason action this Saturday in Minnesota.