The Colorado Avalanche raised some eyebrows when forward Brandon Saigeon, who was immediately AHL-eligible after being drafted by the team this summer, was sent back to the OHL following his time at training camp.
The move certainly reeked of asset mismanagement, given that draft selections immediately eligible for pro play in the minors are somewhat rare - especially for North American players.
Luckily, Saigeon isn’t being squandered back in the major juniors. He’s already getting back on the scoresheet for the Hamilton Bulldogs, and looks to be picking up where he left off:
BULLDOGS GOAL!— Hamilton Bulldogs (@BulldogsOHL) September 22, 2018
: Brandon Saigeon
: Kade Landry
12:36 in the 2nd period.
The dogs make it 4-2 with a power play goal! #GoHam
In other news about the Avalanche and their forward depth, here’s a deep dive into how each of the team’s offensive players fit into their lineup next year, with predictions for their success and where they look to slot into the depth chart. [Mile High Hockey]
We’ve also gotten confirmation that Philipp Grubauer will get the nod later on Saturday, as the Avalanche look to turn things around in their second preseason tilt. Here’s all the details. [Denver Post]
Around the league, here’s the most important story you’ll read this week:
Earlier this summer, former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner came clean about his struggles with mental health and the impact that receiving treatment has had on his personal life and well-being.
Now, another NHL goaltender has followed suit, with Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons and his family opening up about the depression and anxiety he dealt with following a concussion last year.
The story is unlocked for all, so there’s no subscription needed. And it’s a worthwhile read, especially if you’ve ever had to deal with a concussion and realized it was causing concerning thoughts. [The Athletic Calgary]
Oh... and in some slightly brighter news (if insanely baffling), the Vegas Golden Knights absolutely steamrolled yet another preseason opponent, this time flattening the Los Angeles Kings 7-2.
On one hand, the Kings haven’t been having the best preseason so far, and there’s a lot to be said for not buying into preseason too much. After all, the Kings managed to drop both of their split squad games against the Arizona Coyotes, who also got demolished by the Golden Knights in their first preseason appearance just days earlier.
On the other hand, though, that means that the Golden Knights have now made fools out of Semyon Varlamov, Darcy Kuemper, and Jonathan Quick - who allowed six of the seven goals Vegas scored for an eyebrow-raising .739 save percentage. Vegas have now outscored their preseason opponents by a collective 19-5 - and they’ve allowed no more than two goals in a single game while playing Dylan Ferguson, Zach Fucale, and Oscar Dansk.
Here’s the full rundown on their game, which definitely isn’t getting suspicious at all. [Knights on Ice]
Finally, Max Domi is out for the preseason, which was summed up pretty nicely by this tweet:
I wish I could get suspended for preseason. https://t.co/a3PlBlF1pe— James Mirtle (@mirtle) September 20, 2018
After having to bring my two-year-old to training camp twice now, I can honestly say SAME.
Anyways, Aaron Ekblad isn’t super thrilled with the suspension, which he called ‘a gift’. Here’s what he had to say:
.@FlaPanthers Aaron Ekblad broke nose off Max Domi suckerpunch...calls Domi’s preseason suspension ‘a gift. It’s wrong and that’s life’ ... ‘I think he’s stupid for doing it. Scores will be settled at a later date’ pic.twitter.com/dMqHzOJxCC— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) September 21, 2018
Fighting is bad, fighting is dangerous, fighting is ruining player’s lives with concussions and chronic injuries and they’re trying to cut down. I get it. I really do. As someone who understands all too well how terrifying it can be to be alone in your own mind post-concussion, I’ve begrudgingly accepted that safety comes first and the contact element of our favorite contact sport maybe needs to be toned down a bit.
But man, Max Domi vs. The Florida Panthers is the WWE ticket I’m here for this year.