EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Well, here is the 31-man traveling Avalanche playoff roster to Edmonton, just announced:
The players who didn’t make the cut were Jacob MacDonald, Adam Werner and, in a minor surprise, Vladislav Kamenev. Obviously, Kam just didn’t impress Jared Bednar enough to get one of the plane tickets to Edmonton. Too bad for the kid, as that’s an obvious setback in his career. Guy like Logan O’Connor and T.J. Tynan just outworked him.
Bo Byram – good to see him on the Avalanche playoff roster, along with Conor Timmins. Those are two pretty nice young D-men that Bednar can call on in a pinch. Nice to see Shane Bowers make it too, despite missing some of camp.
Michael Hutchinson is your third goalie.
I think we’re gonna see either a Byram or a Timmins – or maybe both – in the exhibition game against Minnesota on Tuesday. And, I hope we see somebody like Cale Makar try to play this game before being thrown into the fire Aug. 2 against the Blues.
I also think we’ll see Grubauer and Francouz split that game against the Wild, and I think you’ll see Grubauer start the first round-robin game, against the Blues. That’s based on a little bit of reporting I’ve done, but we’ll see on that too.