With camps winding down and seasons beginning, some Avalanche prospects have started filling the scoresheet which deserve note ahead of the official launch of this weekly series for the season.
In a move which still defies logic, Brandon Saigeon wasted no time in showing that it was a mistake to send him back to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL for his 20-year old overage season. He promptly scored five points including two goals (all shown below) in a 7-5 loss for his season debut just two days after returning from Denver. The following night he added two assists for seven points in two games, which currently leads the OHL in scoring. The gift given to Hamilton of a prime asset they didn’t expect to return could bring them a substantial haul on the trade market but for now the team hopes to compete with what’s left of their Memorial Cup roster. Saigeon is also in the running to be named captain of the squad.
Saigeon's 5 point return to the OHL:https://t.co/5q6g7UuOzX
— Nathan Rudolph (@Nathan__Rudolph) September 22, 2018
Nick Henry was also in action over the weekend scoring his first point of the season (as seen below) in his first game back in Regina. The result was a 7-2 loss for the Pats in what could be a tough season for Regina and could lead to Henry getting moved by the trade deadline as well. For now, Henry has been named an alternate captain of the team.
— Jackie (@tigervixxxen) September 24, 2018
Nikolai Kovalenko continues to play with Lokomotiv in the KHL. He scored his second (seen below) and third goals of the year including the game winning goal in a 4-3 win against Podolsk. Kovalenko is getting a good opportunity playing 10-12 minutes per game and is still able to play his tenacious brand of hockey at the highest level in Russia. It’s looking like he could stay up with the big club for a while.
Avs Russian prospect Nikolai Kovalenko picks up his 2nd goal of the year in the KHL:https://t.co/0XXl2OYK4E
— Nathan Rudolph (@Nathan__Rudolph) September 20, 2018
For his efforts, Kovalenko was named KHL rookie of the week.
Prospect Weekly will return regularly in early October once the NCAA and minor leagues get underway.