Colorado Avalanche Team Update- 06/11/12
This week’s League it to Us Power Ranking: 25th in the NHL, 13th in the Western Conference, 4th in the Northwest Division.
5 points of the Week
1. Colin Smith
Colin Smith of the Kamloops Blazers was featured in my previous article, and has performed so well that he’s being mentioned again. Smith, the 7th round pick is 2nd in WHL scoring with 39 points in 19 games. The Blazers are currently 17-1-0-1, leading the WHL.
2. Tyson Barrie
Barrie, the top Avs prospect is off to a hot start for the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL, as he currently leads the Monsters in scoring as a defenseman with 10 points in 11 games. Barrie is really flourishing thus far and beginning to establish himself as a strong 2 way defensemen that could be an anchor on the Avalanche blue line for years to come.
3. Nate Condon
A 7th round pick in 2008, Nate Condon is in his sophomore season for the Minnesota Golphers, who are currently ranked #2 in the nation. Condon currently sits tied for 2nd on the club with 7 points in as many games. Condon is seen as more of a one dimensional player with a lot of offensive upside, but is lacking 2-way play that could allow him to succeed at the next level.
3. Stefan Elliot
The man who was pegged to be the big offensive defensemen of the future for the Avs is off to a sluggish start with the Monsters. He currently is pointless in 10 games for the Monsters, whereas Barrie has been performing extremely well for them. So keep an eye on Elliot to hopefully turn things around in the next little bit, as he is a big part of the Avalanches future.
4. Michael Sgarbossa
Sgarbossa, a rookie in the AHL and coming off an extremely successful season in the OHL last year which seen him put up 102 points for the Sudbury Wolves is off to a strong start with the Monsters posting 9 points in 11 games with them. Sgarbossa was expected to potentially compete for a roster spot on the Avs this upcoming season, so he is really helping out his case to make a push for the big club whenever the lockout is over.
5. Semyon Varlamov
Varly is off to a hot start for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL recording a goals against average of 1.94 and supporting a .942 save percentage. Varlamov has been known for his streaky play, so that will be something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Overseas Player Stats
Gabriel Landeskog- Djugarden- SEL-
5G, 3A, 24PIM, -2 in 9GP
Matt Duchene- Frolunda- SEL-
1G, 6A, 7PTS, 4PIM, +6 in 8 GP
Semyon Varlamov- Lokomotiv Yaroslavl- KHL-
9 GP, 1.94 GAA, .942 sv%
David Liffiton- Milano Rossoblu- ITA-
2G, 0A in 11 GP
Top 5 Prospects
1. Tyson Barrie- Lake Erie Monsters- AHL- D
-4G, 6A, 2PIM +5 in 11GP
2. Duncan Siemens- Saskatoon Blades- WHL- D
-0G, 3A, 25PIM, -10 in 17GP
3. Michael Sgarbossa- Lake Erie Monsters- AHL- C
-3G, 6A, 6PIM, -4 in 11GP
4. Joey Hishon- Lake Erie Monsters- AHL- C
-YET TO PLAY-
5. Calvin Pickard- Lake Erie Monsters- AHL- G
4-3 , 2.41 GAA. .926 sv%, 2SO
Who To Watch
The 4th round pick in 2010, Aittokallio has been performing exceptionally well for the Monsters in the AHL to start off the season. He has appeared in 4 games so far, going 3-1 with a 2.96GAA and an .892 save percentage. A lot of people remember Aittokallio for his performance against the US in the U20 World Juniors last year where he stole a win from them. So when Aittokallio is on his game, he can be steal games.