To conclude the 2023 calendar year, the Colorado Eagles achieved a record of 5-5-1 in a busy month of December holding them in a tie for sixth place in the Pacific division with 32 points and a 14-11-4 record overall. As the top affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche it’s no surprise that a thin talent pool has led to some inconsistent results. However, some top performers deserve recognition.
First Star - D Brad Hunt - 11GP: 4G, 5A, 11P
Surprisingly his services haven’t been requested by the Avalanche yet but he’s certainly next on the list for defensive help after his strong month of December. A seven point stretch over four games also helped him achieve these totals as he was the primary source of offense at times for the Eagles. Getting the opportunity to quarterback the top power play unit and clean up on a few assists there doesn’t hurt either.
Huntsy from the slot pic.twitter.com/algBiN9YJC— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) December 17, 2023
Second Star - G Trent Miner - 6 GP: 2-2-1, 2.17 GAA, .925 SV%
It took a couple weeks before the Eagles coaching staff turned to him but when they did Trent Miner provided some excellent goaltending in place of an injured Justus Annunen. With five starts and one relief appearance when Annunen was still rusty, Miner posted the best statistics on the team including two wins and the Eagles’ only shutout on the year. It’s a shame that Miner was only given one period of action in the AHL last season because his performances have always been something to build on but with this being his last year under NHL contract it’s unlikely he’s going to be brought back despite some encouraging results.
That's an Eagles SHUTOUT pic.twitter.com/DbtVFbC9Gx— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) December 18, 2023
Third Star - C Ivan Ivan - 11 GP: 3G, 3A, 6P
There were several candidates for this month’s third honoree. Ben Meyers who split time in December in the NHL was an option with six points as well as was Oskar Olausson with five. But Ivan Ivan’s six points including three goals with a strong finish of goals in back-to-back games to close out the month gives him the honors, which is also for a second straight month. Ivan’s offensive promise is intriguing at his young age but there also needs to be some urgency on the Avalanche’s part if they see a future in him.