Colorado Avalanche Player News: All Positions

News: Francouz will start between the pipes in Saturday's exhibition match against Minnesota, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Francouz suffered losses in both of his NHL appearances last season, but the defeats weren't his fault as he was pretty sharp in each game, turning aside 33 of 35 shots. The departure of Semyon Varlamov has opened the door for the 29-year-old to step in as Philipp Grubauer's full-time backup in 2019-20, so he'll likely make around 20 starts this campaign.
News: Bellemare continues to deal with a lower-body injury, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Impact: Bellemare has been plagued by this lower-body issue throughout training camp, which certainly raises concerns regarding his availability for Opening Night versus Calgary on Oct. 3. If the veteran is unavailable to start the season, it could open up a spot on the 23-man roster for Logan O'Connor.
News: Connauton (face) took full contact during Friday's practice.
Impact: Connauton had been wearing a non-contact sweater prior to Friday's practice. Now that he's been cleared for contact, he's likely just a few practices away from getting the green light to rejoin the lineup for a preseason contest. The 29-year-old, who notched eight points in 50 games with the Coyotes last campaign, is expected to take on a bottom-pairing role until Ian Cole (hip) is ready to return.
News: Calvert (upper body) was not listed on the Avalanche's injury report heading into Thursday's preseason matchup with Dallas.
Impact: Calvert was forced to miss the final three games of the postseason due to his upper-body problem. The winger should be capable of reaching the 20-point mark for a seventh time in 2019-20, which makes him a decent mid-range fantasy option, despite a bottom-six role.
News: Bellemare (undisclosed) wasn't included on the Avalanche's injury report ahead of Thursday's exhibition game against the Stars.
Impact: It isn't clear if Bellemare will be in the lineup for Thursday's contest, but his omission from the team's injury report indicates he's fully recovered from the undisclosed injury he was dealing with at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. The 34-year-old vet, who notched 15 points in 76 games with Vegas last year, will skate in a bottom-six role while serving as one of Colorado's primary penalty killers in 2019-20.
News: Zadorov sustained a lower-body injury that coach Jared Bednar classified as a "tweak," Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Zadorov saw his ice time dip to 17:12 per game last season (compared to 19:28 in 2017-18) and could be in line for a further reduced role with both Cale Makar and Bowen Byram eager for a spot on the 23-man roster. Even if Zadorov avoids time in the press box as a healthy scratch, his ceiling is probably still right around the 20-point mark, which makes him a mid-range fantasy option at best. Considering the Russian blueliner missed practice Monday, it seems unlikely he will suit up for Tuesday's preseason matchup with Tampa Bay.
News: Wilson is being held out of practice due to lower-body tightness, AJ Haefele of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: Wilson's issue doesn't sound overly serious, so he should be able to get into the lineup for an exhibition game prior to Colorado's regular-season opener against Calgary on Oct. 3. The 29-year-old posted 12 goals and 27 points in 65 games last campaign and should be similarly productive in 2019-20.
News: Kamenev (shoulder) was a full participant at Friday's practice.
Impact: Kamenev missed 59 games last campaign due to a shoulder injury, but he's now back to 100 percent and ready to take the next step in his development after notching five points in 23 contests as a rookie. The 23-year-old center will be competing for a spot in the Avalanche's bottom six during training camp.
News: Connauton (face) wore a non-contact jersey during Friday's practice, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
Impact: Connauton suffered a fractured cheekbone after taking a puck to the face 10 days ago, so he'll likely be eased into action during training camp, but his injury shouldn't impact his availability for Colorado's Opening night matchup with Calgary. The 29-year-old will be a serviceable bottom-pairing defender for the Avalanche until Ian Cole (hip) is cleared to return, but he won't be a viable fantasy option.
News: Rantanen (contract dispute) isn't included on the Avalanche's initial training camp roster.
Impact: Rantanen is just one of the numerous high-profile restricted free agents that remains unsigned heading into training camp. The 22-year-old winger is still expected to come to terms with Colorado on a new contract prior to the regular season, so at this point there's no reason for fantasy owners to anticipate him missing the Avalanche's Opening Night matchup with Calgary. The Finnish phenom is due for a massive pay raise after setting career highs in goals (31) and assists (56) in 74 games last campaign.
News: Campbell inked a professional tryout agreement with Colorado on Thursday, AJ Haefele of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Campbell spent the past five seasons playing with AHL Grand Rapids after going undrafted out of Lake Superior State. The best the winger can likely hope for is a two-way deal while still spending the bulk of the year in the minors, though he may have to settle for an AHL-only contract.
News: Cole (hip) skated on his own at the Avalanche's practice facility Friday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cole underwent surgery on both of his hips in June and isn't expected to be ready for game action until December at the earliest, but his presence on the ice Friday is still a big step in the right direction for his recovery. Once healthy, the 30-year-old, who notched 15 points and 115 PIM in 71 games last campaign, will return to a bottom-four role.
News: Johnson (shoulder) told reporters he will be 100 percent for Opening Night against the Flames on Oct. 3, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Johnson played much of last season with this nagging shoulder issue before finally having surgery in the offseason. While the defender was clear that he wasn't 100 percent at the moment, he fully intends to be ready to go for the start of the 2019-20 campaign. The departure of Tyson Barrie will put even more pressure on Johnson to produce in the offensive zone and could see him top the 30-point mark for the first time since 2013-14.
News: Greer pled not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges Wednesday, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Greer was charged in connection to a July dispute over a bar tab which allegedly turned physical. His next court date in the case is scheduled for Oct. 16, but he won't be required to attend it, and he hasn't been given any travel restrictions, so he'll be a full participant at Colorado's training camp. The 22-year-old winger only managed to pick up one goal and two points in 15 appearances with the big club last campaign and will likely once again spend most of his time in the AHL in 2019-20.
News: Nichushkin agreed to terms on a one-year, $850,000 contract with Colorado on Monday.
Impact: Nichushkin's return to the NHL was a bust last season, as he appeared in just 57 games and failed to find the back of the net. The winger will be hoping to secure more play time with the Avs, though he figures to find himself in a bottom-six role. A change of scenery could benefit the Russian and allow him to get back to being a 30-plus-point producer.
News: Greer signed a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Thursday.
Impact: Greer appeared in just 15 games for the Avs last season, but could be in line for an expanded role in 2019-20. With a solid training camp showing, the winger could earn a regular spot in the lineup, albeit in a bottom-six role. While this will give him decent mid-range fantasy value, owners should be aware of a pending legal issue that could result in a suspension.
News: Girard agreed to terms on a seven-year, $35 million contract extension with Colorado on Wednesday.
Impact: Girard will play this season under the final year of his entry-level deal, which means the organization has locked him up through the 2026-27 campaign. The blueliner featured in all 82 games last season, in which he set career highs in goals (four), assists (23) and shots (116). The 21-year-old also saw time on the power play and could be in line for an uptick in minutes following the departure of Tyson Barrie to Toronto.
News: Kamenev (shoulder) signed a one-year contract with the Avalanche on Tuesday.
Impact: Kamenev appeared in 23 games with the big club before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last campaign, notching two goals and five points while averaging 9:02 of ice time over that span. Colorado added some depth up front this offseason, so Kamenev may be hard pressed to secure a permanent spot in the team's bottom six out of training camp. It's possible that the 22-year-old Russian will have marginal fantasy value in deeper leagues in 2019-20, but there's no reason for owners to have him on their radars during drafts this season.
News: Dries signed a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Thursday.
Impact: Dries filed for salary arbitration earlier this month, but he and the Avalanche were able to come to terms on a new deal prior to their hearing with an independent arbitrator. The 25-year-old forward appeared in 40 games with the big club in 2018-19, notching three goals and six points over that span. He'll likely have a similar role in 2019-20, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars.
News: Lindholm signed a two-year contract with Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: Lindholm spent the majority of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, notching eight points in 57 games, but he also made two appearances with the big club, going scoreless while posting a minus-1 rating over that span. The 2014 fifth-round pick will likely have a similar role in 2019-20, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars.
News: Byram penned a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado on Friday.
Impact: After racking up 26 goals and 45 helpers in 67 games with WHL Vancouver last season, Byram was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Training camp will likely determine whether the organization will send the 18-year-old back to junior for another year or immediately add him to the NHL roster. Injuries to Ian Cole (hip) and Erik Johnson (shoulder), however, could force the Avalanche's hand.
News: Compher penned a four-year, $14 million contract with Colorado on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Compher is coming off a career year in which he set personal bests in goals (16), assists (16) and power-play points (nine). Injuries once against limited the 23-year-old, as he played in less than 70 games for the second straight season. If he can stay healthy next year, he should be capable of pushing for the 40-point threshold.
News: Boikov signed a two-year contract with Dynamo Moscow (KHL) on Tuesday.
Impact: Boikov registered one goal and 10 helpers with AHL Colorado last season and wasn't able to break his way into the NHL with the Avs. While the organization did give the 23-year-old a qualifying offer, he appears to prefer returning home to his native Russia rather than continuing to play in the minors.
News: Burakovsky signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Avalanche on Monday.
Impact: Colorado sent two drafts picks to Washington in order to acquire Burakovsky in late June, so there was never really any doubt that the restricted free agent would be signed to a new deal ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. The 2013 first-round pick failed to live up to expectations during his time with the Capitals, totaling 145 points in 328 games, so the Avalanche are clearly hoping that a change of scenery will help him tap into his unrealized potential. It's hard to pinpoint what type of role Burakovsky will take on during the upcoming campaign, but he should get more opportunities to contribute than he did with Washington in 2018-19, making him worth a speculative add in deeper fantasy leagues.
News: Andrighetto's agent, Aljosa Pilko, announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that his client has agreed to a two-year contract with a KHL club.
Impact: Pilko didn't specify which team Andrighetto signed with but Igor Eronko of Sport-Express suggests the Swiss-born winger will join Avangard or Dynamo Moscow. The 26-year-old suited up in 64 games with the Avalanche in 2018-19, totaling seven goals and 10 assists while averaging 11:04 in ice time.
News: Graves re-signed Monday with the Avalanche on a one-year, two-way contract to avoid arbitration.
Impact: According to Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic, the deal is worth $735,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 in the AHL. Graves' return to Colorado at a cost-effective price keeps at least $23 million in salary-cap space available for the Avalanche to re-sign pricier players such as Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen.
News: Greer was arrested with Blue Jackets forward Sonny Milano early Sunday morning for their role in a brawl over a Manhattan nightclub bill, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reports say that Greer and Milano were inside an apartment on W. Houston Street near Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village at about 6:30 a.m. when they got into an alleged fight with a 28-year-old man. The dispute turned physical, and the two players allegedly assaulted the man, sources said. According to reports, the two are being charged with assault.
News: Graves filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Graves saw limited action with Colorado last season, but was solid on the team's blue line. The 24-year-old also saw the ice in 32 games with AHL Colorado, logging two goals and seven assists.
News: Dries filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Dries appeared in 40 games for the Avalanche last season, but was able to amass only three goals and three assists while averaging 9:04 of ice time per game. The 25-year-old bounced around the organization's ranks last season, but his reputation as a self-aware pivot with a strong work ethic could serve him well in negotiating a new deal.
News: Compher filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Compher set career highs in goals (16), assists (16), points (32) and average ice time (17:29) in addition to seeing 3:07 of power-play ice time last season. The 24-year-old played a prominent role for Colorado last season, so there's little doubt that both sides will reach an agreement on a new deal before the arbitration hearings.
News: Zadorov signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Avalanche on Friday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is the second contract Zadorov has signed with the Avalanche since being traded to the team back in 2013. He is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted 14 points in 70 games.
News: Megna signed a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: Megna was unable to break into a game for the Capitals last season, but offers some decent experience having played in 113 NHL contests. The 29-year-old will likely start the year in the minors with AHL Colorado, but could earn a promotion or two during the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Renouf penned a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: Renouf has logged just one NHL game in his career back in 2016-17 when he was with Detroit, but could be in line to earn a few more appearances this season. With Erik Johnson (shoulder) questionable for Opening Night against Calgary on Oct. 3 and Ian Cole (hip) out until December, a strong showing in camp could earn Renouf a spot on the 23-man roster.
News: Tynan agreed to terms on a two-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: Tynan hasn't appeared in the NHL since 2016-17 when he logged a trio of games for Columbus. The 27-year-old racked up 12 goals and 59 helpers in 71 contests for AHL Chicago last year. While likely a long shot to make the 23-man roster, the Illinois native should be atop the list of potential call-ups throughout the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Kadri was traded to Colorado along with Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-round pick in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot, and a 2020 sixth-round pick Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Kadri spent the first 10 years of his NHL career with Toronto, racking up 357 points in 561 career games. Last season was a bit of a letdown; after back-to-back 30-goal seasons, he pocketed just 16 goals and 44 points during the 2018-19 campaign. The 28-year-old will likely center Colorado's second line and see time on the team's second power-play unit.
News: Rosen was traded along with Nazem Kadri and a 2020 third-round pick to the Avalanche in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot and a 2020 sixth-round pick, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old isn't the biggest prize in the deal, but has suited up in eight NHL games in his career. Now that Tyson Barrie was shipped out, it's likely that the team will give Rosen a chance to earn a spot on the 23-man roster out of training camp. He racked up 46 points in 54 AHL games last season, so a roster spot isn't outside the realm of possibilities.
News: Bellemare (undisclosed) put pen to paper on a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Avalanche on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Bellemare dealt with an undisclosed injury at the end of the 2018-19 campaign that was expected to be good to go in 2-3 weeks, so it seems likely the veteran center will be good to go for the start of training camp. The Frenchman's ceiling is likely in the 15-20 in a bottom-six role, but his gritty style of play should endear him to fans and teammates alike.
News: Wilson signed a one-year, $2.6 million extension with the Avalanche on Monday, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Impact: There was mutual interest in Wilson returning after he posted 27 points in 65 regular-season games and eight points in 12 playoff contests last season. Wilson should continue to hold down a middle-six role for the Avs.
News: Donskoi put pen to paper on a four-year, $15.6 million contract with Colorado on Monday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After setting career highs in goals (14), assists (23) and shooting percentage (12.2), Donskoi simply priced himself out of a deal for the cap-strapped Sharks. With the Avs, the youngster will have an opportunity to secure top-six minutes and figures to replace the production of Carl Soderberg, who was shipped off to Arizona via trade. If Donskoi can earn a spot on the power play, he could set new personal bests.
News: The Panthers traded MacDonald to the Avalanche on Saturday in exchange for Dominic Toninato, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: MacDonald should provide the Avalanche with some organizational scoring depth along the blue line, but a minus-2 rating despite notching 43 points last season suggests he has some work to do on the defensive end of the ice. The Avs have a number of solid blueliners, but MacDonald's offensive prowess may provide him with an opportunity to earn an Opening NIght roster spot.
News: Burakovsky was acquired by the Avalanche from the Capitals in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, a 2020 third-round pick and Scott Kosmachuk on Friday, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Burakovsky found himself watching from the press box periodically last season, but still managed 12 goals and 13 helpers in 76 outings. A fresh start with the Avs should give him an opportunity to earn more minutes after averaging a mere 11:08 of ice time in 2018-19.
News: Cole (hip) isn't expected to be ready to return until December, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Impact: It was already clear that Cole wouldn't be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign after undergoing surgery on both of his hips this offseason, but this news confirms that, at a minimum, he'll be sidelined for the first two months of regular-season action. That revelation won't impact many fantasy drafts, as Cole simply doesn't have enough offensive upside to be considered a viable option in most formats, but it represents a big blow to an Avalanche blue line that relied heavily on Cole's defensive responsibility last season.
News: The Avalanche have extended Toninato a qualifying offer, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Toninato has only picked up three points in 39 NHL appearances over the past two seasons, so even though Colorado will retain his negotiating rights as a restricted free agent, there's no reason to believe he'll become a viable fantasy asset in 2019-20.
News: Lindholm was extended a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reported.
Impact: Lindholm, 24, a fifth-round draft pick, back in 2014, has only found the scoresheet four times in 62 games, all assists. Facing an uncertain future, one thing is certain and it's that Lindholm, while a serviceable blueliner at the NHL level, offers little-to-no fantasy upside regardless of what jersey he wears. He last appeared in a game Dec. 22, 2018.
News: Greer was handed a qualifying offer by the Avalanche on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reported.
Impact: The 22-year-old left winger was effective at the AHL level a season ago, collecting 44 points in 54 minor league games. Mind you, minor-league success did not translate to the pro level, with Greer limited to just two points in 15 games with the Avs in 2018-19. He did not dress in the playoffs and in games he appeared in, Greer averaged a shade over six minutes TOI.
News: Rantanen (leg) received a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reported.
Impact: As expected, Colorado qualified its most important RFA in Rantanen and should eventually come to an agreement with the dynamic winger on a long-term deal. Having amassed a total of 171 points over the past two seasons, making less than a million dollars in base salary along the way, the 22-year-old star has earned a substantial raise on his next contract.
News: Colorado has sent Zadorov a qualifying offer, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Zadorov was one of the Avalanche's better stay-at-home defenders last season, picking up 14 points while posting a plus-19 rating in 70 games. The 6-foot-5 Russian will have a similar role in 2019-20, but he won't be worth a roster spot in most fantasy formats due to his lack of offensive upside.
News: Graves has received a qualifying offer from the Avalanche, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Graves was solid in limited action with Colorado this season, notching five points while posting a plus-4 rating in 26 games, and will likely have an expanded role in 2019-20.
News: The Avalanche have sent Compher a qualifying offer ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Compher was an important piece up front for Colorado this season, picking up 16 goals and 32 points in 66 games while averaging over 17 minutes of ice time per contest, so there was never really any doubt that he'd be receiving a qualifying offer. The 24-year-old American should step into a similarly prominent role in 2019-20.
News: Kamenev (shoulder) was qualified by Colorado on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Kamenev only managed five points in 23 appearances with the Avalanche in 2018-19, ending the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Acquired in 2017 as part of a three-team deal involving the Senators and Predators, Kamenev has yet to find his feet at the NHL level, but at just 22 years of age, time remains on the youngster's side, regardless of what jersey he is sporting next season.
News: Kerfoot received a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Kerfoot has been a reliable contributor for Colorado in his first two seasons, collecting 85 points over 157 regular season games. Likely headed for arbitration, the 25-year-cold can expect a hefty raise after collecting $925,000 in each of his first two seasons in the NHL.
News: Despite a previous report that suggested otherwise, Boikov will receive a qualifying offer from Colorado prior to Tuesday's deadline, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Boikov spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Colorado, tallying 11 points while posting a minus-5 rating in 56 regular-season games. The 23-year-old Russian will almost certainly remain in the minors for the majority of the 2019-20 campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his status.
News: Boikov didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Avalanche, making him an unrestricted free agent, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Boikov doesn't seem to be an NHL-caliber player. The 2015 sixth-rounder has never appeared at the top level and produced only 11 points in 56 games with AHL Colorado last season.
News: Martin didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Avalanche, pushing him into unrestricted free agency, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Martin's unlikely to garner much interest at the NHL level, having failed to win any of his three career appearances. Expect the 24-year-old netminder to latch on with an AHL club after posting a .902 save percentage and career-worst 3.40 GAA with AHL Colorado last season.
News: Geertsen was not qualified by Colorado, making him an unrestrcited free agent, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Impact: Now 24 and yet to appear in an NHL game, Geertsen has lost his luster as a prospect. He'll likely latch on with an AHL club and continue to bring a physical presence at that level after finishing with 16 points and 134 PIM for AHL Colorado last season.
News: The Avalanche won't give Andrighetto a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Impact: Colorado has a number of young forwards in the pipeline that should be ready to take on full-time NHL roles in 2019-20, so there's no reason for them to hang onto a fringe player like Andrighetto. The 26-year-old winger should, however, be able to land a gig with another NHL club that's in need of depth up front ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Cole underwent surgery on both hips and isn't expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Impact: The fact that Cole won't be cleared for the start of the season is a big blow to the Avs, who are also expected to be without Erik Johnson (shoulder). In 71 appearances for Colorado last season, Cole tallied two goals, 13 helpers and 178 blocks. A middling fantasy option, the Ann Arbor native is more valuable in formats that award hits and blocks and likely has a point ceiling in the 15-20 range.
News: Johnson underwent offseason shoulder surgery and may not be ready for the start of camp, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Johnson's injury concerns shed some light on why Colorado traded for veteran blueliner Pat Connauton from Arizona. This past season, the 31-year-old Johnson posted 25 points in 80 games while usually matching up with the opposition's top forwards.
News: The Coyotes traded Connauton to the Avalanche in exchange for Carl Soderberg and a 2020 third-round pick Tuesday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Connauton was likely going to be the odd-man-out on Arizona's blue line this season, so moving him for a center that just racked up 23 goals and 49 points in 82 games with Colorado last season makes a ton of sense. However, the Avalanche are also already pretty deep at defense, so Connauton may have to settle for a rotational role with his new club anyway. Either way, the 29-year-old only notched eight points in 50 games last campaign, so there's really no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: Soderberg was traded to Arizona on Tuesday in exchange for Kevin Connauton and a third-round pick, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Impact: Colorado opted to sell high on Soderberg, who turns 34 in October and just came up two points shy of his career high with 49 while potting a career-best 23 goals. He'll likely occupy a middle-six role with his new club as well.
News: Beaucage was drafted 78th overall by the Avalanche at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Scouts are split on Beaucage. His numbers this season for Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL were impressive (39 goals, 79 points in 60 games), but he was playing for the eventual Memorial Cup champions and many think his production was simply the result of playing with quality players on a nightly basis. Beaucage has good vision, a terrific shot, and is a hard worker, but he's not a great skater and doesn't use his big (6-foot-2) frame to his advantage frequently enough. There are countless junior players with Beaucage's skill set. A few of them develop into useful NHL assets after making a tweak or two to their respective games, but most max out as career minor leaguers or up-and-down guys.
News: Stienburg was drafted 63rd overall by the Avalanche at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: This is the most off-the-board selection of Day 2 up to this point, but when you have one of the best rosters in the NHL and had the fourth-overall pick in this year's draft, you can take risks like this one. Set to go to Cornell University this fall, Stienburg was the No. 133-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. A bout of Osteomyelitis which resulted in a pair of surgeries really limited his chances of being a high draft selection. He has offensive talent, so if Stienburg can come back healthy there is no reason to think he won't be able to help the Big Red this season.
News: Helleson was drafted 47th overall by the Avalanche at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Perhaps the most unheralded player on the loaded U-18 USNTDP blue line, Helleson had a nice season playing alongside some elite prospects. The Minnesota native has more offense to his game than he is given credit for, but he is going to make his living as a stabilizing presence on the back end for Colorado. Helleson gets the puck up and out of his own zone with ease and battles hard against opposing forwards. There isn't a ton of upside here, but the Boston College commit should make for a nice, reliable option for the Avalanche down the line.