NHL debuts are one of the most joyful parts of hockey. A player getting to realize his dream in front of his family with the whole world watching is a moment so full of hope, promise and possibilities. Also it is a mark of success for the organization realizing real tangible contributions from an asset they brought in and cultivated into an NHL player, even for a brief moment. NHL debuts are what we live for, who can Avalanche fans expect to see in burgundy for the first time this coming season?
Recently signed from Chelyabinsk in the KHL after a sparking season in which he won the the KHL’s goaltender of the year award, Pavel Francouz is the best bet for someone who will see action for the Avalanche at some point this season. Despite the high probability that he will begin as the third goaltender for the organization with the Colorado Eagles in Loveland, injuries always happen plus the Avalanche would be wise to see what Francouz can do at the NHL level before deciding to commit to him as a possible backup goaltender moving forward. Joe Cannata is also back with the organization on NHL contract and the stars could align where he’s needed in net.
This group contains some of the most anticipated debuts of the year. Conor Timmins is expected to get in some action with the Avalanche sooner than later if he stays on track of his current upward trajectory. Cale Makar could also make an appearance if he signs in the spring once his college season concludes and gets in some games before the end of the season. The one defense prospect with professional experience already under his belt is Nicolas Meloche and it would behoove the organization to give him a look at the NHL level this season if they see him as an option in the long term.
A large mix of possibilities exist from this category. The most logical opening night roster or early call-up options have already hit the ice for the Avalanche in Vladislav Kamenev, Dominic Toninato and AJ Greer. Past that, recent first round selection Martin Kaut figures to at least see his NHL debut even if it unlikely he sees much more than a handful up to nine games to preserve the first year of his Entry Level Contract.
The field opens wide on a diverse range of options including highly skilled rookies Igor Shvyrev and Ty Lewis if they make a great enough impression at camp and early in the AHL. Sheldon Dries figures to be more of an AHL mainstay but the coaching staff could value his professional experience in a call-up. Logan O’Connor though a rookie is another older prospect who could fill a role as a penalty killer as an easier call-up to make.
How many players will make their NHL debut for the Avalanche in the 2018-19 season?
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