With now a proper training camp ongoing there will be some new numbers expected on the 2021-22 Colorado Avalanche season roster. Here’s a mix of new faces and players switching numbers around but all are expected to don the burgundy and blue at some point in the 2021-22 season.
#9 – Dylan Sikura
The Matt Duchene number lives on as Sikura gets the honors this season. His familiar 95 is taken by Andre Burakovsky so trimming things down to a clean 9 seems to make sense.
#10 – Roland McKeown
Not since Kyle Cumiskey has a defenseman worn 10 for the Avalanche and the most recent owner was Sven Andrighetto. McKeown doesn’t have an obvious history with the number so this is a fresh start for all parties.
#11 – Mikhail Maltsev
Matt Calvert’s old number didn’t stay vacant long because Maltsev wasn’t able to bring the 23 with him from New Jersey. Maltsev had worn 31 in Russia at times so curious why he didn’t choose to rock the old Philipp Grubauer digit, perhaps an expiation why down below. The 11 is a popular sweater worn 11 times previously by Avalanche players.
#15 – Shane Bowers
It’s a subtle change as Bowers had been sporting the number 14 ever since he signed his contract with Colorado. However, Sheldon Dries was occupying Bowers’ preferred digit 15 he had to wait until it was free again to retake the claim and go back to the number he wore at both Boston University and in the USHL. The 15 has been a popular choice in Avalanche history with some notable owners such as PA Parenteau and Andrew Brunette. Hopefully the number change does the trick to finally get Bowers his NHL debut.
#22 – Stefan Matteau
The 22 has had an eclectic life recently belonging to Conor Timmins for a brief spell but is also associated with Colin Wilson. Matteau has been all over the 20s spectrum in his six year pro career with four NHL stops but 22 is a new NHL number for him.
#28 – Ryan Murray
It was assumed that Murray would have gone back to his trusty 27 which he donned for seven years in Columbus and in the WHL especially since the number was just vacated by Ryan Graves. There was also the 22 from his brief stint in New Jersey which Conor Timmins left behind as well. However, possibly opting for a fresh start Murray went for a similar but yet new number in 28. This sweater has been a common sight in Colorado with Ian Cole the most recent owner.
#31 – Jonas Johansson
As explained below JoJo likely had to come up with a new number and what better than the one recently abandoned by Philipp Grubauer. The 31 has been fairly popular in Avalanche history also worn by the likes of Peter Budaj and Calvin Pickard.
#35 – Darcy Kuemper
Perhaps money exchanged hands to get this numeral from Jonas Johansson but allows Kuemper to keep the 35 which he has worn his entire NHL career. The Avalanche have had 10 other goaltenders own the 35 in their history.
#43 – Darren Helm
For 14 years Helm wore number 43 with Detroit so luckily for him he was able to keep it going in Colorado. The 43 is a common prospect number for the Avalanche but has seen few NHL debuts as Michael Sgarbossa was the last to wear it for the big club in 2015.
#48 – Dennis Gilbert
After a year of bizarrely wearing the number 9 Gilbert opts for a more defenseman friendly 48 this time around. Calle Rosen was the latest to wear the 48 in a similar depth role.
#56 – Kurtis MacDermid
MacDermid gets to keep his familiar 56 from LA and will be something of a novelty for Avalanche fans as only Marko Dano — in eight games — has worn the number in Colorado. Eight other NHL players sported the 56 in the 2020-21 season.
#63 – Andreas Wingerli
The Avalanche always test drive their European souvenirs so Wingerli should be in line for a look sooner than later despite participating in rookie camp. If the 63 hits the ice would be a rare sight as it’s only been worn for the Avalanche — in three games — by Joel Prpic in 2001.
#79 – Jordan Gross
Brought over from Arizona The 79 stays with Gross. And if (when) he gets in a game with the Avalanche will become the first time in franchise history that a 79 will be seen on the ice.