The Avs are 5-0-0 in the preseason with a 2-0 victory over rivals Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in Denver and a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday in Dallas. The Avs have one preseason game left.
With one preseason game left that means the Avs are closer on figuring out their opening night roster. And on Thursay, two days before their last preseason game in Las Vegas against the Los Angeles Kings, the Avs made three more cuts.
The Avs sent defensemen Chris Bigras and Anton Lindholm and forward J.T. Compher to their minor affiliate the San Antonio Rampage.
What does this mean? After today’s cuts, the Avs have to make four more cuts to get down to the NHL mandatory 23 man roster.
The Avs current 27 man roster includes 8 d-men and 17 forwards (and two goalies). But will coach Jared Bednar utilize 13 forward and 8 d-men or 14 forwards and 7 d-men.
If Bednar goes with 13 forward and 8 d-men, the Avs defense is set for opening night with Erik Johnson, Francois Beauchemin, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov, Fedor Tyutin, Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gelinas and Duncan Siemens.
And if they do go that way then the Avs would have to cut 4 more forwards. Guys in competition include: Cody McLeod, Mike Sislo, Ben Smith, Trent Vogelhuber, Andreas Martinsen as well as Gabriel Bourque and Rene Bourque both of who are on PTO’s. Three of these guys would get roster spots and four would be cut if the Avs go with 13 forwards and 8 d-men.
If the Avs end up going with 14 forwards and 7 d-men, the Avs would have to cut 1 d-man and 3 forwards. The defensman who would likely be cut is Duncan Siemens.
The forwards are another question.