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Sunday Notes: Alex Newhook called up to Avs

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Alex Newhook pro debut 4/13/2021

Pittsburg, Calif. – Hello from Northern California, where I’ll be for the next few days, covering the Avs against the San Jose Sharks. The team is taking a flight today from Denver to San Jose, and on that plane will be Avs prospect Alex Newhook.

Newhook, 20, was called up to the Avs from the Eagles this morning, though the Avs say he’ll be on the taxi squad. It wouldn’t shock me if he somehow gets to play in a game or two on this road trip, however. In eight games for the Eagles, Newhook had five goals and four assists. Also called up by the Avs and put on the taxi squad were Dennis Gilbert, Jayson Megna and Jonas Johansson.

The Avs continue to be heavy favorites with the sportsbooks right now, still a favorite to win the Stanley Cup including with a BetMGM Colorado bonus code, as the Avs remain at +500 to win the Cup.

The Eagles lost 5-4 in overtime to Ontario Saturday night, and Newhook scored twice. Also scoring were Sampo Ranta and Ryan Wagner, while 2020 first-round pick Justin Barron had two assists.

The Masters

Alex Newhook could absolutely still be a player for the Avs in the postseason, I think anyway. His skill level is very high end and the fact that he had such a strong showing in the eight games playing against grown men, pro players, is a great sign that maybe he can handle playing at the NHL level already.

If Brandon Saad isn’t ready to go for the start of the playoffs, I could easily see Alex Newhook grabbing his spot in the lineup. Saad is a week into his 2-4 week injury absence, and the playoffs should start in about two weeks or so.

Some other Avs tidbits:

  • I hear Ryan Graves is doing well. I was a little surprised he didn’t play last night, but as always the Avs are pretty cautious about anything injury-wise. I think he’ll play Monday in San Jose, but that’s only my hunch and not official.
  • About Sam Girard: I do believe he was/is hurt from that collision into the boards from Friday night. I also believe that maybe the Avs just said to themselves, “You know what, let’s just give him a couple weeks of rest before the start of the playoffs and not take any chance of him getting re-injured. The Avs really need to go into the playoffs as healthy as possible, and taking a chance with Sam getting hurt in these final games just might not be worth the risk.
  • Conor Timmins really played well in the last two games against the Sharks. That takes some of the pressure off of losing Girard for a while.
  • I think two weeks for Sam is a relief to all involved, right? Could have been much worse, the way he went into the boards legs first.
  • The Avalanche is 14-0-1 in its last 15 games at Ball Arena, tied for the second-longest home point streak in franchise history.
    LONGEST HOME POINT STREAKS, FRANCHISE HISTORY
    17 -Jan. 20–Apr. 6, 2003 (14-0-2-1)
    15 -Mar. 10, 2021 – present (14-0-1)
    15 -Mar. 1–May 3, 1995 (13-0-2)
    14 -Nov. 19, 1983–Jan. 21, 1984 (11-0-3)
    12 -Dec. 27, 1999–Feb. 3, 2000 (9-0-3-0)
  • Pierre-Edouard Bellemare appeared in his 500th NHL game, becoming the second French player to play in 500 NHL contests. Antoine Roussel (554 games) is the other. Bellemare is the third French-born player to reach the milestone, joining Roussel and Paul MacLean (719), who was born in France but is Canadian.
  • Thanks to some who have chipped in to the Avalanche Travel Tip Jar. The more I get, the more I can cover this team on the road. Playoffs are coming up too (hint, hint). To donate, it’s easy by clicking here.
  • I expect Philipp Grubauer to start Monday’s game here against the Sharks. Remember, though: Jared Bednar isn’t giving out any more lineup information on game days. We have to wait until the lineup sheet comes out before games to know now.
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petexvx

Is there any chance we lose Gabe to Seattle? They throw him a crazy offer and he walks?

Joshua Canfield

I’ve been following all of the Expansion Draft type articles, especially when it comes to the Avs. Personally, I don’t see that happening. Landeskog has stated he wants to be an Avalanche for life. Sakic knows what his captain means to the team.

I see Graves or Compher being selected by the Kraken.

chippy play

Yeah, I agree with that – Graves or Compher.

Joseph Gauthier

I’d say there’s a 92% chance Gabe stays with the Avs… See what I did there?

all kidding aside, Gabe and the Avalanche have zero interest in breaking up a good thing. He’ll be signed before then.

chippy play

I think we fans are now conditioned to read “2 weeks” for Girard to just mean 2 weeks until his first setback.

Not sure who is in charge of the process, but rehabbing in this organization seems just as dangerous as playing in actual NHL games.

Joshua Canfield

It’s frustrating isn’t it? Get 3 back, loose 1. Feels like this is the 3rd season in a row this club has had to fight the injury bug. I’m starting to wonder too about the medical team and the conditioning the players get.

Matt Briggle

Can’t wait to get Newhook into the line up. This road trip is the perfect chance to see what he’s got right now. The top 6 other than Saad is healthy and he could slide right into that second line left wing slot but still be pretty well protected if he struggles (which I doubt that he will). The one small concern I have is well he will adjust to playing on the wing at the start. He did struggle a bit with that early in his freshman year of college until they moved him back to center, and the… Read more »

Joseph Gauthier

I think we’re quickly assuming, A. Newhook would take over LW on the 2nd line but I could also give another scenario…

Jost – Newhook – Choo Choo
Bura – Kadri – Donskoi

Newhook did start slow at BC when he was on the LW and blew up the college ranks, when they put him back at C.

Matt Briggle

That thought did occur to me as well, but honestly I didn’t like the idea of moving Jost out of his spot as he’s been playing the best hockey of his career. We have two young guys who are natural centers and have struggled at various points when playing the wing. Jost’s struggles were at the NHL level, Newhook’s at the college level. My first move would be to put Newhook on the wing and see how he adjusts to playing with NHL line mates rather than putting Jost back into a position where you know he has struggled at… Read more »

earl08

I believe Newhook, and anyone just now joining the taxi squad, has to wait seven days until he could play an NHL game, per protocols

Matt Briggle

i believe that was on the assumption that they would have to fly commercial to join the team. in this case he just had a car service from Loveland so I don’t think it applies here.

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