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Avs Grades After Tough Loss to the Canes



Nazem Kadri

Rock you like a Hurricane 

Jack Johnson: B – 15 minutes and a couple of blocked shots. Hard to nitpick his game as it’s the same night in and out.

Erik Johnson: C – Better game with four shots and four hits. He utilized his size tonight.  

Devon Toews: B – He led the defensive core with five shots and three blocked shots. Rough road trip but they’ll bounce back. 

Cale Makar: B – Almost 30 minutes played and a minus one. Not a bad game but not your “game changing” Makar performance.

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel : D – 5 minutes and no shots…rough…

Tyson Jost: C – The Canes didn’t capitalize but you can’t take penalties in the third period tied. It was right in front of the net and was going to be called every time. 6 minutes played tonight. 

Alex Newhook: B- – He was getting a little fiesty with ex-Av Ian Cole. Other than that, no shots and one hit. 

Logan O’Connor: B+ – Strong performance on the penalty kill again. He’s gotta get a break eventually. 

Ryan Murray: C – 15 minutes played and a minus one. He seemed more involved tonight but no real impact.

Nathan MacKinnon: A- – He had quite a few chances tonight and Raanta was all over it. He finished with nine attempted shots and a few posts. 

J.T. Compher: B – He had three shots and 15 minutes played. He was the extra skater out there when Bednar pulled Kuemper.

Darren Helm: C+ – Not a lot going tonight. That could be said for most of the team. 

Kurtis MacDermid: C- – Little over 9 minutes played and no shots. His ice time is creeping up there slowly.

Nazem Kadri: B – He has simmered down a little bit since his scorching start to the season. He was FIRED up after the Canes scored their first goal. Nuts and bolts – he got screwed by refs tonight.

Gabe Landeskog: B- – Rough third period for the Captain. A penalty, costly turnover and a game misconduct. He played decent, just a rough period.

Andre Burakovsky: D – Yikes, nothing for Burky tonight. Big games, need big plays.

Mikko Rantanen: C – I like his physicality but man, sometimes it’s costly. Another penalty and three giveaways tonight.

Darcy Kuemper: B+ – Heart. Break. Played lights out 55 minutes but a soft goal from the point snuck in. It could have been tipped but, still…such a great game till then. 

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DK was great and deserved better. Helm and LOC looked the best they’ve looked in a while…hope this keeps up. The Avs should have broke through, but the hometown calls did them no favors. Overall, a pretty good effort tonight.


OMG! I’m tired of this “hometown calls” BS i’m reading everywhere on this game. Those refs are not from Raleigh, or even NC. Canes fans are harsh on refs. Most games breaking out in a “Ref You Suck” chant. But hey, if that’s what makes you sleep easy at night, you do you.


Darren Helm deserves a better grade than that. He was fantastic on the PK.

Overall this was a very well played game by the Avs against a scary-good opponent. I believe that elevates the curve.


Yes – totally botched grade on Helm. I have no idea on what you were watching.

Aaron Rud

Mikko still doesn’t really use his size to his advantage. He loses his temper; I’m fine with that. However, he loses it at questionable times over questionable things.


Yes – agree. I don’t know what the issue is but maybe he’s not eating his Wheaties. He seems to be moved off the puck easier than in the past. Perhaps he’s saving it for the playoffs.


I respectfully suggest a modification to the grading system for our D, instead of SOG. (Only in Denver do we think Dmen are primarily there to provide offense 😀). If a Dman plays a smart physical game – makes it difficult to operate in our zone and clears out the front of the net then job well done. Keeping even strength GA down and rapidly converting defensive possession to clearing the zone is the job, IMO. I’d give the D crew a B+ tonite, with Cale and Toews marked down slightly to B- for getting caught on the wrong side… Read more »

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