With less than a week before the start of the NHL regular season, the Colorado Avalanche have announced their latest round of cuts.
The team has announced that forwards Igor Shvyrev, Martin Kaut, and Ty Lewis as well as defenders Ryan Graves, Sergei Boikov and goaltender Pavel Francouz will be assigned to the Colorado Eagles to start the AHL season.
Of the group, only Graves will have to pass through waivers. He will be added to the group that was announced yesterday.
Along with the six demotions to the Eagles, the Avs have announced that Cody Bass has been released from his PTO.
Martin Kaut highlights the latest list of roster cuts.
When the team selected him 16th overall in this past June’s NHL Entry Draft, some believed that the 18-year old Czech winger could open the season in the NHL with the Avalanche thanks to a lack of depth on the right side. The fact that he isn’t getting the nine game try out to start the season is a little surprising.
Kaut had a rough rookie season, but seemed to get stronger as time went on and he was able to adapt to the North American game. He finished with three assists in his three preseason games - while playing a middle-6 role with a lot of powerplay time.
The demotion points to the idea that the Avalanche are going to go slowly with their prized prospect - something that paid huge dividends for Mikko Rantanen.
Lewis and Shvyrev join a growing list of players that are going to make their pro debuts with a very young Colorado Eagles team this season.
This group of cuts is a group that is going to be a big part of the AHL team this season. The Eagles will rely heavily on guys like Boikov and Graves, and we shouldn’t be surprised if Francouz is the starter in Loveland for most of the season.