Bo Byram isn’t on the Avalanche’s road swing to face the Islanders, Devils and Hurricanes. But he was around team last week, continuing to skate on his own as he assesses when or if he will try to return to the lineup this season.
The other day, I asked Alex Newhook for his reaction to Byram’s struggles. He’s appropriate because the Avalanche claimed both Byram (4th overall, from the Vancouver Giants) and Newhook (16th, headed for Boston University) in the first round of the 2019 NHL draft.
“He’s a really close friend of mine,” Newhook said. “I knew him before we were drafted together and ever since we were, our friendship’s kind of grown. It’s tough seeing him go through stuff like this at a young age. But he’s a strong kid, he has a strong mind and I know he’s going to bounce back.
“Whenever that time comes, he’s going to bounce back and be better for it in the long run. We’re all here for him. I still see him away from the rink. Now that he’s back, I like to see him here. He’ll be good and we’re looking forward to having him back, whenever that is.”
The “whenever” still is uncertain.