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Martin Kaut ‘just OK’ in most recent call-up with Avs

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Martin Kaut is heading back up I-25 North to Loveland after his most recent stint with the Colorado Avalanche, a four-game sample size that head coach Jared Bednar called mediocre.

“I thought he was just OK,” Bednar said Friday afternoon. “He probably has to get more involved, have better starts to the games.”

Kaut earned a call-up just over a week ago after a strong start to his season with the Colorado Eagles. After missing the first part of the AHL year due to an upper-body injury, Kaut returned and tallied five goals and 14 points in 13 games. Eagles head coach Greg Cronin recently told Colorado Hockey Now that he saw Kaut was “becoming more consistent” over the course of his three seasons in Loveland.

Kaut averaged roughly 8:30 of ice time per game during this most recent NHL stint. In Vegas on Wednesday, Kaut played just 5:22, the lowest totals of his career.

“I just try to look at our guys and evaluate the minutes that they play,” Bednar continued. “I look at a guy like, say, (Kiefer) Sherwood, who came into our lineup and made an impact in his first game. He plays a loud game, a physical game, he’s hard on pucks, he’s in on the forecheck, he’s making an impact. To me, that’s what we have to see.

“I didn’t see enough of it from Kauter, which is the reason why Sherwood is playing tonight and some of those other guys are gone.”

It’s the rough reality for a Martin Kaut, who was taken 16th overall by the Avalanche in the 2018 draft. Kaut is in his third year as a pro since coming over from the Czech Republic at 18 years old. Now, at the more ripe age of 21, Kaut has still only managed just 14 games of NHL action.

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Kaut has mentioned “frustration” with his development in the past, and his reassignment to the AHL after another very brief call-up is sure to frustrate the former first-rounder even more.

“It’s about winning; it’s not about where you were drafted or what you’re doing down with the Eagles,” Bednar said. “Guys have to make an impact to help us win and we’ll set our lineup according to that. He was OK, but it’s going to have to be better to play on our roster.”

It’s unlikely Martin Kaut will get another call-up this season, and with other exciting young talent—namely top-forward prospect Alex Newhook—quickly moving up the ranks, Kaut could start to become buried under the immense depth of the Avalanche prospect pipeline.

It’s likely Newhook earns a spot on the Avalanche next season. Same with Logan O’Connor, who will be on a one-way NHL deal in 2021-22. Depending on who re-signs (i.e., Tyson Jost, Brandon Saad or both), and which roster player the Seattle Kraken take in the expansion draft this summer, there may only be one open spot to fill on next year’s NHL roster.

Can Martin Kaut earn it?

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as NHL.com, TheAHL.com and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he works as a Marketing Executive when he's not writing.

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hockeyhacker5

I want Bowers to get a chance before we see Kaut again.

Joshua Canfield

I’d like to see Bowers too. He must need a little more development time, since he hasn’t had the call up yet.

Joshua Canfield

Good write up Scott. I really like Kaut. He’s had a rough run when it comes to his development. Personally, I’d like to see Bowers and Newhook this year. Probably will not happen, but an Avs fan can dream.

John J

Kaut hardly got any ice time. If Bednar is going to send Kaut back down to the AHL for not showing enough “hard” “physical” hard forechecking style of hockey, then why doesn’t Pierre-Edouard Bellemare get judged the same way? PEB doesn’t play a very “loud physical” brand of hockey while lacking production and no upside. If they replaced PEB with Bowers or Kaut, I bet you that the 4th line would be as effective with a more offensive upside. I think Bednar is being too harsh on some of the younger players and too lenient on older players like PEB.

Last edited 4 months ago by John J
Luke Waggoner

PEB is responsible defensively, is regularly in on the forecheck, is 3rd in the league in FO% (for players with over 100 draws), and he’s a general puck hound. Guys get more ice time if they make use of what they get. See LOC as a great example. Kaut got 13+ minutes against STL the other night. No points, no shots, 2 hits, no blocked shots, took a penalty. That’s not a great showing.

Jordan Leonard

He did, however, steal the puck multiple times, entered the zone plenty of times with the puck, made some very good passes and set up scoring chances that if he was on a line with say Jost and Nichushkin instead of Soderberg and Kadri probably would have actually been scores, and just like in the knights game, personally stopped multiple entries into our zone, without help

Jordan Leonard

Did Bednar miss the part where Kaut was usually the one on his line getting after the puck? Dude was constantly in the fray, he stole the puck so many times, stopped even good Knights players from being able to enter, and definitely outplayed Sherwood even in limited time

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