So, the Avalanche acquired a new player today. His name is Nicolas Aube-Kubel, a 5-11 right winger who has played 102 regular-season games with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he posted 10 goals and 28 points.
Why did the Avs do this? Partially because of the longer-term injury to Martin Kaut, and partially because they probably have a longer-term roster spot now open because of the concussion protocol for D-man Bo Byram.
Kubel was the 48th player taken overall in the 2014 NHL Draft by Philly. He played 50 of the Flyers’ 56 games last season, with three goals and 12 points. He had a brief spell on the Flyers’ first power-play unit before being dropped. He had 44 penalty minutes with the Flyers last season in the 50 games, which explains some of why I got very mixed reviews on his play from a couple of people who have seen him play a lot with Philly.
“Straight-line player who has zero hockey IQ,” said one former player and current analyst. “Has speed and some skill. Just straight-line meat and potatoes. Makes a play now and again.”
Said another: “He’s a good skater. A lot of energy. Total numbskull. Takes dumb penalties at the worst times.”
OK then. Sounds like Avs coaches have some work in front of them here. Let’s see how this plays out.