Colorado Avalanche Player News: All Positions

News: Calvert (lower body) was close to returning when the NHL halted play in mid-March, so he should be 100 percent healthy once Colorado's training camp gets underway in July, Ryan Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Calvert was given a multi-week recovery timetable when he suffered his lower-body injury in mid-February, but he's had nearly four months to recover at this point, so it's hardly surprising that he's expected to be ready for the Avalanche's pre-postseason training camp. The 30-year-old winger has picked up 12 goals and 25 points while skating in a bottom-six role through 50 games this campaign.
News: Per Ryan Clark of The Athletic, Burakovsky (lower body) was nearing a return when the NHL put its season on hold in mid-March, so it's safe to assume he's now fully recovered.
Impact: Burakovsky was already skating in a non-contact jersey shortly before the NHL went on hiatus, so he was always expected to be ready if and when the league resumed its season. The 25-year-old winger has enjoyed a breakout campaign in his first year with the Avalanche, setting career highs in goals (20) and assists (25) in just 58 contests.
News: According to The Athletic's Ryan Clark, Rantanen (upper body) was close to returning prior to the NHL halting play in mid-March, which means he should now be fully recovered.
Impact: Rantanen actually took the ice for practice in a non-contact jersey shortly before the season was put on hold, so while this news doesn't come as a surprise, it does all but confirm he'll be a full participant in Colorado's upcoming pre-playoffs training camp. The 23-year-old winger has racked up 19 goals and 41 points in 42 games this campaign, and he'll slot into a top-six role and a spot on the Avalanche's first power-play unit when postseason play gets underway. Rantanen's ability coupled with his role on one of the top teams in the NHL will make him a popular pick in playoff pools.
News: Kadri (lower body) skated Monday as part of Colorado's Phase 2 activities, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kadri was nearing his 4-6 week recovery timeline when the league went on hiatus, so the extra time off will no doubt see the center back in action for the postseason. In his first season with the Avalanche, the center has notched 19 goals, 17 helpers and 133 shots on goal and could provide solid value play in DFS contests during the playoffs.
News: MacKinnon (lower body) joined his teammates on the ice Monday as part of the NHL's Return to Play Plan, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: MacKinnon was originally expected to miss 1-2 weeks due to his lower-body issue and it's now been close to three months since the league went on hiatus. Despite playing in just 69 games this season, the 24-year-old forward reached the 35-goal and 90-point marks for the third straight season. Heading into the postseason, the world-class center should be a near-lock for most playoff pools and also a top-end DFS option.
News: Donskoi (head) returned to the ice as part of the Avalanche's Phase 2 activities Monday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Donskoi was struggling to produce prior to the league going on hiatus, managing just one goal and one helper in his last 11 outings. Perhaps more concerning for fantasy owners is the fact that the winger registered just 14 shots on goal over that stretch. Once the 24-team playoff kicks off, the Finn could find himself relegated to a bottom-six role if Mikko Rantanen (upper body) is given the all-clear as well.
News: Shvyrev was placed on unconditional waivers by the Avalanche on Wednesday for the purpose of terminating his contract, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Impact: In 49 games for AHL Colorado this season, Shvyrev managed just six goals and three helpers and hasn't shown much offensively since coming over from the KHL. The 21-year-old center will almost certainly head back overseas to continue his professional career but could struggle to get another opportunity with an NHL club given his limited offensive upside.
News: Francouz entered the mid-March league hiatus with a .923 save percentage and 2.41 GAA across 31 starts.
Impact: After playing professionally in Europe for many years, the 29-year-old spent most of last season in the AHL and made the jump to becoming a full-time NHLer in 2019-20. Francouz has been nothing short of fantastic in filling in for injured started Philipp Grubauer (now healthy), as his save percentage and GAA rank an impressive fifth and seventh, respectively, among all league netminders. The Czech should be a very trendy DFS option once play resumes and will undoubtedly be highly ranked on fantasy cheat sheets heading into next season.
News: Jost produced 23 points in 67 games prior to the mid-March suspension of play.
Impact: The 2016 10th overall pick just turned 22 and has already logged 202 regular-season NHL contests. Jost has yet to develop into a true scoring threat, though, as evidenced by his 31 goals over three campaigns. Surrounded by plenty of dangerous scoring weapons in Denver, he won't be expected to carry the offensive load anytime soon, so there's really no reason for the team to rush Jost in his development.
News: Compher recorded 11 goals and 20 assists in 67 games prior to the league suspension in mid-March.
Impact: The Illinois native's 31 points are just one shy of his career-high 32 set last season, so he'd likely reach a new best if play resumes. That said, Compher actually scored five more goals (16) in one less game (66) in 2018-19, so he doesn't appear to have taken any major steps forward in his age-24 season.
News: Grubauer (lower body) is fully fit and will be available once NHL play resumes, reports.
Impact: Grubauer was originally expected to return in mid-March but wasn't able to get back on the ice after the league went on hiatus. Prior to the shutdown, the netminder posted an 18-12-4 record and is just one win shy of setting a new career best. Given the offensive firepower in front of him in Denver, the German should be capable of putting together a 30-win season in the future.
News: Annunen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Avalanche on Thursday.
Impact: Annunen spent the 2019-20 campaign with Karpat of Finland's Liiga, compiling a 15-5-3 record while posting an impressive 1.77 GAA and .920 save percentage. The 2018 third-round pick is expected to spend one more season with Karpat, but Philipp Grubauer will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 campaign, so Annunen could realistically make the jump straight to the NHL in 2021-22.
News: Grigorenko's contract with Columbus was voided by the NHL on Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The contract was reportedly in violation of section 50.8(d) of the collective bargaining agreement, which specifies that all contracts must cover at least the current league year. Grigorenko and the Blue Jackets will be allowed to sign the exact same deal July 1, when the new league year begins. The team subsequently released a statement indicating that both parties intend to do just that.