The Colorado Avalanche have decided to loan young forward Martin Kaut to HC Dynamo of the Czech Extraliga. Having not seen game action since March, this will give Kaut the opportunity to be on the ice in a competitive setting while we wait for the start of the 2020-21 NHL season.
While the rest of the Avalanche were in Edmonton battling in the NHL playoffs, Martin Kaut stayed home in the Czech Republic and has been skating with his former team.
After being selected 16th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Avalanche, Kaut has spent the last two seasons in the AHL with the Colorado Eagles. This season saw the 20-year old take a big step in his development. He was rewarded with a 9-game stint in the NHL before the league was shut down in the spring. Staying below the 10 game threshold means that his entry-level contract will slide one more season.
Though his stay in the NHL was short lived, it was obvious that Kaut became a lot more comfortable and confident as his time with the Avalanche went on. He scored two goals and added an assist during his none games with the team.
Not only does this move give Kaut the opportunity to play during the NHL “offseason”, it leaves open the possibility that he could remain in the Czech Republic all season. Depending on how GM Joe Sakic adds to the depth chart in Colorado, Kaut may be earmarked to be sent back to the Eagles once again. That raises a ton of question marks as many around hockey believe there is a strong possibility that North American hockey - outside of the NHL - won’t be back any time soon. With all the uncertainty that exists with the next AHL season, staying with HC Dynamo all year might end up being the best course for Kaut’s development.