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It was expected, and just now it happened: Alex Newhook, the promising former first-round pick who was demoted to the Colorado Eagles after the first game of the Colorado Avalanche season, has been recalled by the Avs.

He practiced with the Avs this morning and is expected to play Thursday against Vancouver. He essentially is replacing Sampo Ranta, who was sent to the Eagles yesterday, in the Avs lineup.

In 10 games for the Eagles, Newhook had four goals and 11 points. He often centered a line with Andreas Wingerli and Alex Beaucage. Despite playing nearly a month with the Eagles, Newhook maintained his apartment in the Cherry Creek area, commuting back and forth.

His commute just got a lot shorter.

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“The points started to come after a few games,” he said of his stay with the Eagles. “But just started to feel better, play with the puck a lot more. I thought I was making better decisions, playing better away from the puck. I think when you’re doing all those little things, points come. I hope I can just continue to play my way and play my game here with the Avs for the next little while.”

He said he tried to pay attention to what he was told to work on.

“I think they just wanted to see me improve in a lot of areas,” he said. “Playing with the puck a lot more, be a bit more confident and then away from the puck as well, just being reliable. A big thing they were stressing is just being that guy that always can be defensively reliable. That’s important here. If you make one mistake, it can be in the back of your net. I worked on that a lot and I think it’s part of my game I can continue to improve on.”

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dk

I think this will be good. I’m sure Newhook is eager to show the fiber of his fabric. I know my expectations are high.

slowpokeczech

“…fiber of his fabric.” +1 for alliteration!

hockeyhead

Hope he shows his number one pick talent this time and the AHL is forever in the rear view mirror. The Avs need him to live up to expectations!!!!!!!!!!

Karl Keen

Well it is good to see he rebounded nicely with the Eagles, but I fear our coach (who I still believe in) will likely throw him in on the 4th line where he will get outmuscled, have no real talent to excel with, and he will just end up getting sent down again.

Joshua Canfield

Hopefully Bednar pairs him with Jost and LOC on the 3rd line. I could see that being an efficient line pairing.

Ricardo

Hope that Newhook does well. In my opinion he could use some more time with the Eagles.

Marcus Lemley

Ranta should benefit being sent down he needs a little reset anyways will most likely be back with the team come playoff time

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