I know everyone is getting tired of the cap game, but there were three reassignments last night by the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles. Right after the shootout win against Dallas; Anton Blidh, Jayson Megna, and Andreas Englund were all sent down. Jacob MacDonald and Martin Kaut both seem to be surviving the multiple reassignments with the high demand for Eagles players.
In this latest round of callups, Jayson Megna played three games. He recorded no stats other than ice time. He looked good in the one game against Carolina where he had a few plays to help push the play, but faded off after that. Megna was averaging about six minutes of ice time per game and that is all. I honestly would expect Mikhail Maltsev to be called up next just give Megna more ice time.
Anton Blidh played the heavy hitter role on the fourth line during this three game callup. He managed six hits and one shot on goal. Blidh was often involved in plays digging for the puck in the corner trying to get the pass to the slot. After playing five and half minutes per game, it is still likely we will see him back on Wednesday. He made the opening night roster only to play one game and then be reassigned right away.
Andreas Englund wanted to make an impression on the coaching staff and he did, good and bad. He was quick on the puck as well as physical on the man. Englund had 11 hits in the three game road trip as well as two shots on goal and an assist. There were times where Englund was great at clearing the puck and others not so much. Last night, he was unable to stop Jason Robertson and pushed him right into Alexandar Georgiev, causing a game tying goal. Honestly, that is my only criticism of Englund in his recent callup.
All but Megna are likely to be called back up on Wednesday in preparation for the game against Vancouver. Players have been getting rotated down as coach Bednar has told us to get more ice time. Sampo Ranta was the latest player sent down for more ice time, as he was playing pretty well and doing everything he should be doing. Heck the next player we may see get called up may very well be Alex Galchenyuk!