Following an ugly 7-1 preseason loss, the Colorado Avalanche announced their second round of cuts as the team begins to aim focus on their opening night roster.
#Avs training camp cuts continue. Oskar Olausson is getting his first full season of pro hockey and will start with the Colorado Eagles.— Aarif Deen (@runwriteAarif) September 29, 2022
Hunt, Hudon and Johansson among the veteran group that will require waivers. pic.twitter.com/iuQb01WZS7
Most of these moves were expected as younger forwards head to Loveland in preparation for Colorado Eagles training camp. Alex Beaucage who probably made the most of a tough situation leaves with a good impression on the staff. Sampo Ranta who made the opening night roster last season has been taken out of an offensive role and will have to get the organization's attention as a forechecker in Loveland.
On the defensive side, it is a mild surprise that Brad Hunt wasn’t in serious running for the Avalanche seventh defenseman role but likely will receive call-ups anyway despite the early cut. Justus Annunen remains as the extra goaltender with Jonas Johansson, who played well in his opportunities, heading north as well.
The remaining extra forwards of Ben Meyers, Martin Kaut, Shane Bowers, Mikhail Maltsev, Jayson Megna, Anton Blidh, and Lukas Sedlak are the ones to watch as the last true battle of training camp to see who makes the roster at least as injury replacements.