For the better part of the week Cale Makar has been taking a victory lap and a little media tour following his Calder Trophy win. Here he speaks about his first year in the NHL and some memories of his time in the AJHL. No word on when he gets to officially greet his trophy.
There aren’t many members of the Colorado Avalanche organization and system on the ice right now but Martin Kaut recently began his regular season on loan in the Czech Republic with a bang. Here he turns on the jets to pull out a 3-2 victory for Pardubice in overtime. Might come in handy the next time the Avalanche get into overtime.
Logan O’Connor signed a two-year extension late last week with an AAV of $725,000. He is the first order of business for the Avalanche in what shapes up to be a busy next month of signing contracts. Ryan Graves, Nikita Zadorov, Andre Burakovsky and Valeri Nichushkin all are Restricted Free Agents with arbitration rights who can file for arbitration on October 10th. Tyson Jost is another RFA who needs a new contract but won’t be able to use arbitration.
What else is on the horizon is the NHL draft on October 6th and 7th. While the Avalanche don’t hold a top pick in the draft for the first time since 2014 it will be fun to see where the rest of the top prospects land. The top eight recently spoke about how they plan to spend and set-up their memorable draft day experience.
It’s also the season for mock drafts and with the Avalanche currently set to choose at 24th overall there are a lot of names to consider. One version of events unfolding has the German forward Lukas Reichel as the pick heading to Colorado.