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Avalanche Reassign Kaut And Megna

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Martin Kaut

It appears that this round of callups for Martin Kaut and Jayson Megna may be a short one. After three games, the Colorado Avalanche reassigned Kaut and Megna to the Colorado Eagles in Loveland today.

There have been issues with Kaut in the last couple of years. Last year in training camp he was looking like he was going to make the team when he caught an edge and fell into the boards. This led to a shoulder injury that he has admitted still bugs him to this day. This year in training camp, he came into it knowing that this could be his last chance to make it at the NHL level.  We heard him saying during an interview, “Hopefully I am going to finally make the team. If not, shit happens.”

When Kaut got the call this year, he was immediately thrown into the mix with the game against the Winnipeg Jets. He jumped from the top line with the Eagles to the second line on the Avalanche. The Jets game was where Kaut was tested the most. He played just over eleven minutes of ice time in 15 shifts. After that his ice time was dramatically reduced, playing roughly half the amount of ice time in each of the next two games. During the game against the Seattle Kraken he was demoted to the fourth line. Eventually he did not play a single shift in the third period. There were issues with him turning over the puck and keeping up with the rest of the team. Typically he would stop skating once he was out of the offensive zone and never backcheck.

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Jayson Megna has been a reliable callup for the Avalanche over the last couple of years. Megna played 20 games for the Avalanche last season. He was also part of the Black Aces that traveled with the team during the Stanley Cup run. This year, Megna has kind of been in the same boat as Kaut with a good camp and ice time dramatically reduced. Megna has not been as noticeable, simply because he has been on the fourth line the whole time he has been up.

This may be the end for Martin Kaut. Coach Jared Bednar was saying that he liked what he saw from him, but the ice time tells us otherwise. This also could be a huge overreaction and they could both be back with the team tomorrow. Either way, the rope for Kaut is extremally short right now and he knows it. He has to make a positive impact while he up with the Avalanche and yet to do so.

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Brennan is an aspiring sports writer just getting started in the industry. He is also an intern writer for Full Press Coverage. Brennan has lived in Colorado his whole life and is a graduate in History at Colorado State University. He loves rock and metal music, especially the band Papa Roach.

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Brad Jacobs

So does Meyers or Maltsev make the trip east

Glendon Gulliver

This has been par for the course this season for cap reasons. The question is do they return or do the Avs bring up other players. The Eagles played last night, so all of the players are rested for a call up. If Toews is healthy, they may only need a 4th line center, as MacDonald can play forward. They may want to bring up two, in case Toews is not able to go Tuesday. Going against NYR Tuesday, MacDermid may play, but on the 4th line instead of defense.

joshmishell

Agreed. Big Mac on defense is a waste of a defenseman. It’s easier to hide him on the 4th line and he’ll get his 7 minutes of ice time and be less of a liability. I would never play him at D if I could help it.

Would rather have Littlest Mac play D (MacDonald that is, even though he’s still 6′). I’ve liked his game for the last few years, and think he should have a place as a 7th D, 12th F all season long.

Karl Keen

Kaut is a lost cause. He did nothing last night after the first. There was a moment in the third where he tried to drive to the net and just got directed into the corner. Has no idea how to use his size and supposed strength. Plays too small for his size.

Megna is always a lost cause and why we continue to choose him over others is mind-boggling

peter martin

Kaut speaks like a man who could use a trade.

Ricardo

A new start might be best for his career

JD16

I really like Kaut. And would actually like to see him get traded for a fresh start. I feel like Bednar has never given him a inch of leash. Some players take time to develop at the NHL, it took MacK a couple years to turn into the player he is now (Kaut isn’t MacK). But he’s always been shifted around the lineup constantly without ever being able to find his footing at the NHL level. Be it on the second line or fourth.

Trenton Dunn

What kind of trade value does Kaut have for us? Same question for Bowers.

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