The NHL has announced the official Phase 4 rosters for each other 24 Return to Play teams. The Colorado Avalanche will be bringing 17 forwards, 11 defensemen, and three goalies with them to meet their 31-player maximum limit. The initially reported 28 skaters and unlimited goalies rule was changed following the RTP vote to 31 players, 52 personnel total.
The Avalanche have brought top defense prospects Bowen Byram and Conor Timmins with them. Forward Shane Bowers is another prospect along with Byram that has yet to play an NHL game that is on the roster, but he spent 48 games with the Colorado Eagles as a rookie in the AHL.
The Avalanche are one of 11 teams bringing just three goalies with them in order to bring one extra skater into the bubble, the others include Arizona, Columbus, Edmonton, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Vegas, and Washington. It’s a bit of a risk to have only one spare goalie as teams are not allowed to add anyone, for any reason, for the rest of the playoffs now.
The Phase 4 Roster
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Shane Bowers, Andre Burakovsky, Matt Calvert, J.T. Compher, Joonas Donskoi, Sheldon Dries, Tyson Jost, Nazem Kadri, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Vladislav Namestnikov, Valeri Nichushkin, Matt Nieto, Logan O’Connor, Mikko Rantanen, T.J. Tynan
Mark Barberio, Bowen Byram, Ian Cole, Kevin Connauton, Samuel Girard, Ryan Graves, Erik Johnson, Anton Lindholm, Cale Makar, Conor Timmins, Nikita Zadorov
Pavel Francouz, Philipp Grubauer, Michael Hutchinson
Potential Playoff Lineup
Andre Burakovsky - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Gabriel Landeskog - Nazem Kadri - Valeri Nichushkin
Joonas Donskoi - JT Compher - Vladislav Namestnikov
Matt Nieto - PE Bellemare - Matt Calvert
Tyson Jost - Sheldon Dries - Logan O’Connor
Shane Bowers - TJ Tynan
Ryan Graves - Cale Makar
Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson
Ian Cole - Nikita Zadorov
Mark Barberio - Conor Timmins
Who Was Cut from Camp
Eligible Players not brought to Phase 3 Camp
Colin Wilson (inj), Martin Kaut, Josh Dickinson, Nick Henry, Travis Barron, A.J. Greer, Ty Lewis, Jayson Megna
Josh Anderson, Mark Alt, Dan Renouf
Hunter Miska, Antoine Bibeau