Over the weekend, the Colorado Avalanche split a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Wild bringing their preseason record to 1-3. While a number of the youngsters have seen a lot of game action, the team has made two more rounds of cuts; reducing the training camp roster to 37.
Sunday morning, the team assigned Mark Alt (D), Erik Condra (RW), Kevin Davis (D), Ty Lewis (LW), Anton Lindholm (D), Nicolas Meloche (D), Peter Tischke (D) and Adam Werner (G) to the Colorado Eagles. From that group, Alt and Lindholm, will need to clear waivers before they are officially assigned to the AHL. Late Sunday night, the team announce one more cut sending right-winger Nick Henry to the Eagles as well.
The team also announced that they have signed Colin Campbell to a Professional Tryout (PTO) and that the 26-year old forward will be assigned to the Eagles.
None of the cuts are overly surprising, though some thought Meloche might have had a chance of making the NHL roster out of training camp. That idea died quickly as the 22-year old looked pretty bad during his preseason appearances. He panicked with puck in his own end a few times and definitely looked like a defender that is not ready for the NHL. It was a tiny sample size so hopefully it’s not a harbinger of things to come. Meloche will need to spend the first few months with the Eagles proving that he is still a viable option for the future of the Avalanche blueline.
The Avs’ next game is Wednesday evening in Vegas before the team wraps up their preseason schedule on Saturday in Dallas.