It’s that time of year again as the Colorado Avalanche begin shaping their roster for the 2022-23 season. This year’s camp began with 53 players comprising of 30 forwards, 17 defensemen and six goaltenders. The current injured list includes all forwards in Gabe Landeskog, Val Nichushkin and Darren Helm. We’ll see how their status and any roster implications shake out as the preseason continues to unfold but at the very least the Avalanche are preparing for life without Landeskog.
After the first three preseason games some cuts finally came down with more expected tonight or tomorrow. Nothing too surprising here, mainly just AHL contracted players (those indicated with a *) and others who will play mainly depth roles with the Colorado Eagles. Danila Zhuravlyov received some good comments after his week in camp so he could have seen another game but acclimating to Loveland before their camp makes sense too. Ivan Zhigalov got some good experience as a recently drafted prospect but it’s time for him to go back to junior and prepare for the season.
The other storyline is the release of Alex Galchenyuk who was on a PTO. He didn’t get much of a look getting in only one split squad preseason game after a productive three days in camp. Progress on Nichushkin’s injury might have lessened the need to keep evaluating Galchenyuk or the organization just decided they liked internal options better.
— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 28, 2022