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Colorado Avalanche send seven to AHL Eagles

The Avs reduce their roster to 29.

Colorado Avalanche v Vegas Golden Knights
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 25: Martin Kaut #61 of the Colorado Avalanche passes against Jake Bischoff #45 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on September 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Avalanche defeated the Golden Knights 4-1.
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Today, the Colorado Avalanche announced that they have reassigned forwards Sheldon Dries, Michael Joly, Martin Kaut, and Logan O’Connor, defenseman Jacob Macdonald and Dan Renouf, and goaltender Hunter Miska to the AHL Colorado Eagles.

Dries, Joly, Kaut, and O’Connor should fill out the Eagles top-six this season.

Joly was fifth in team scoring last season — his first full year after coming up from the ECHL Colorado Eagles— with 30 points in 47 games.

Dries and O’Connor both spent time in the NHL last season and should be the first choices for the team at forward should injuries arise.

Kaut is probably going to need another full season in the AHL unless he takes the step in his speed and confidence within the first half of the season. The sophomore will be 20 on October 2nd.

Miska is on an AHL deal and will be the number two behind Adam Werner in the tandem.

MacDonald and Renouf have both been placed on waivers as of 12pm EDT today. Should they both clear, they will be assigned to the Eagles tomorrow morning.

Colorado’s most recent first-round pick Bowen Byram has also been reassigned. He will report to the WHL Vancouver Giants for his Draft+1 season (age-18). Cat has the details at the link below.

In terms of the current roster, the Avalanche now have 29 players left in camp. 17 forwards, 10 defensemen, and two goalies. The team will need to cut seven more players (or six until Mikko Rantanen signs) by October 1st.

Cale Makar, Tyson Jost, and Shane Bowers are the only remaining skaters who will not require waivers to be sent down. Considering the first two are likely to make the team at the start of the season, waivers will have to be navigated for the likes of AJ Greer, Jayson Megna, and TJ Tynan, or whoever else potentially gets cut from the team.