Avalanche Weekly Wrap: NCAA Free Agent Signing Frenzy, Grading March
Off the ice, the Colorado Avalanche were incredibly busy, signing three different NCAA players to entry level contracts. A few of them have gotten off to hot starts with the Eagles already.
On the ice, the Avalanche dropped a big game in the middle of the week, but bounced back Saturday night to beat the Dallas Stars. And we brought back player grades, grading everyone in the month of March.
Let’s take a look back at the past week for the team.
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The Avalanche went into Anaheim and took down the Ducks, as they should have, in dominant fashion.
Bowen Byram was flying against the Ducks, and Nathan MacKinnon kept up his insane scoring rate.
Avalanche Turning Point: Girard Starts it, Byram Finishes it (+)
Makar, Other Stars Ineligible for Team Canada Until Investigation Over
Nobody knows what goaltender interference is.
Gabriel Landeskog joined the team on Wednesday for morning skate in the form of team cheerleader.
Jason Polin, the top scorer in the NCAA, signed with the Avalanche.
Against the Wild, the Avalanche were outworked on their own home ice.
Jared Bednar called out his team for having too many passengers in the loss.
Cale Makar really struggled against the Wild
Avalanche Turning Point: Analyzing Those Big Mistakes (+)
Another free agent, as All-ECAC defenseman Sam Malinski was signed.
And not long after, Minnesota State center Ondrej Pavel was added to the organization.
A new study shows that Mikko Rantanen is the best value-for-money forward in the NHL.
Bednar admitted he’s a little concerned about injured players returning before the playoffs, but Landeskog looked to be moving better at practice.
March Player Grades for Avalanche – Stars Lead The Way (+)
Pavel Francouz joined the team for morning skate.
The Avalanche were up for the challenge, taking down the Stars in regulation.
Alexandar Georgiev talked about the goaltender interference challenge, and his attempt at the empty net.
The third pairing for the Avalanche stepped up against Dallas.
Two of those NCAA signings connected for a goal in their first games with the Eagles.
Avalanche Turning Point: Post-Challenge Response (+)
Four Thoughts on the Avalanche with seven games left, including appreciating the greatness of Rantanen and MacKinnon.