Charles Hudon has been recalled to the Colorado Avalanche from the AHL Eagles. This is a strong indication there is an injury to Artturi Lehkonen. Lehkonen was slammed to the ice by Charlie McAvoy in the first period after a whistle had blown the play dead. Lehkonen did not return due to an upper body injury, and there was no official update from the team today.
Hudon signed as a free agent with the Avalanche on July 13, 2022. He signed a two-way, one-year contract, but has spent the whole year in Loveland. He has played 20 games with the Eagles gaining eight goals and eight assists. With the injury issues that the Avalanche have been having, he has been playing first-line minutes for the Eagles. If he plays Monday against Philadelphia, this will be Hudon’s Avalanche debut. He played in most of the preseason for the Avalanche before being sent down to the AHL. Hudon has 125 games of NHL experience, all with the Montreal Canadiens, where he was teammates with Lehkonen.
He plays a very similar game to Lehkonen, although Hudon weighs about twenty more pounds. Both shoot with their left hand and forecheck hard. You can expect an endless forecheck from Hudon and some heavy hitting to go along with it. He can play on both wings and has snappy wrist shot from the slot. I have been looking forward to this callup for some time now and can not wait to see him in action with the Avalanche. I would expect to see him in the third or fourth-line.