Player News - Avalanche

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The Colorado Avalanche have the best odds of winning the draft lottery.

Every non-playoff team has an opportunity to win the lottery, but the Avs have an 18 percent chance of seeing their name come out first. Even if they don't get the top pick, the Avalanche can't draft lower than fourth overall. Vancouver has a 12.1 percent chance, while Vegas (expansion team) and Arizona both have a 10.3 percent chance of picking first overall. The draft lottery will take place tonight in Toronto.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 29 - 10:24 AM

Colorado prospect Will Butcher isn't thinking about his contract situation with the Avalanche.

"I told (Joe Sakic) I didn’t want an offer yet," Butcher told the Denver Post. "I wanted to sit with him, talk with him about my year, what they’re thinking, what their philosophy is going to be. My parents are coming in this weekend for the banquet, and I want to talk to my parents before they offer me anything." The Avalanche are hoping to get the deal done sooner rather than later seeing as Butcher is eligible to become an unrestricted free-agent on August 15. He and his University of Denver teammates are still celebrating last Saturday's NCAA tournament victory over Minnesota Duluth. Butcher was also the 2017 Hobey Baker winner as the national player of the year.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 11 - 8:56 PM

Tyson Barrie finished 2016-17 with a minus-34 rating.

That tied him with teammate Matt Duchene for the worst plus-minus in the league. "Yeah, you obviously see it," Barrie said. "It's frustrating. If you look at the stats sheet, I think our whole team is in the 20s somewhere .... We have to find ways to score goals. We have the lowest goals-for in the league this year, obviously by a large margin, the worst goals-for, goals-against ratio too, and that's what we're going to have to fix." He posted seven goals and 31 assists, while averaging 23:18 of ice time per match, in 2016-17.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 11 - 12:14 PM

Matt Duchene knows a trade out of Colorado could be awaiting him in the off-season.

"Yeah, absolutely," said Duchene when asked if it occurred to him that he may have just played his final game for the Avalanche. "I'm half-expecting it to be. Yeah, it's tough, it's emotional for sure, knowing it potentially could be the case. ... I definitely have a fire lit under me, big-time after this year. I was as frustrated as I've ever been in my life. With everything." He will play in the IIHF World Championships for Canada. Duchene notched just 18 goals and 41 points in 77 games for the last-place Avs in 2016-17.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 10 - 10:29 AM

Calvin Pickard made 24 saves on 27 shots in a 3-2 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

Pickard finishes with a 15-31-2 record this season, 2.98 goals against average and .904 save percentage. It's a step back from his rookie season, but it was a step back for everyone on the Avs' roster.
Apr 9 - 11:57 PM

Mikko Rantanen pitched in a goal and an assist in the Avs' 3-2 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

Rantanen will finish the year with 39 points in 75 games this season. The 20-year-old finished with four points in his final three games.
Apr 9 - 11:55 PM

John Mitchell and Joe Colborne will be scratched against the Blues on Sunday.

Mitchell's season ends with seven points, 45 PIMs and 88 hits over 65 games. Colborne managed just eight points and 86 hits in 62 games this season.
Apr 9 - 4:53 PM

Anton Lindholm was returned to AHL San Antonio on Sunday.

The 22-year-old is still searching for his first NHL points through 12 games. However, he's posted a dozen points in 59 games with the Rampage thus far.
Apr 9 - 2:37 PM

Duncan Siemens was returned to AHL San Antonio on Sunday.

He's seen just four NHL games of action in his career and is still searching for his first points. He has 13 points over his last two seasons down on the farm with the Rampage.
Apr 9 - 2:35 PM

Rocco Grimaldi was returned to AHL San Antonio on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has posted just seven points in 31 career NHL games. Through 68 games with the Rampage this season, he had a career year with 29 goals and 51 points.
Apr 9 - 2:34 PM

Mikko Rantanen (lower body) returned to action on Saturday.

Rantanen potted his third goal in his last four games on Saturday and the talented winger now has 19 goals and 37 points. The Avs play their final game of the season on Sunday versus the Blues where Rantanen will have a chance for his 20th of the season. Rantanen is one of the few Avs to be encouraged about this season and he is someone to look at next season, especially if your league does not play the plus/minus category as the Avalanche should be weak again.
Apr 9 - 2:10 AM

Nathan MacKinnon scored a power-play goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to Dallas on Saturday.

Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen each found the back of the net in the losing effort. Tyson Barrie assisted on two of Colorado's three goals, bringing him up to 38 points in 73 games.
Apr 8 - 11:08 PM

Jeremy Smith stopped 42 of 45 shots in regulation time in a 4-3 shootout loss to Dallas on Saturday.

Smith faced a staggering 18 shots in the first period, but only allowed a single goal in that frame. Dallas managed to beat him again in each of the second and third periods though and he surrendered a goal to Tyler Seguin in the shootout that proved to be the difference.
Apr 8 - 11:02 PM

Fedor Tyutin isn't expected to participate in Saturday's game.

It would be Tyutin's third straight game in the press box. He has a goal and 13 points in 69 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 8 - 7:44 PM

Cody Goloubef is expected to spend Saturday's game in the press box.

Goloubef was also held out of Thursday's game. He has five assists in 32 games in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 8 - 7:41 PM


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