The Colorado Avalanche gave the San Jose Sharks a good scare, but in
the end lacked the offensive balance needed to keep up with one of the
more balanced teams in the NHL. While it seemed for a while the
Avalanche might have had the talent to perhaps upset the Sharks, it was
two crucial injuries that might have made all the difference.
turns out that the concussion that many thought that Milan Hejduk was
suffering from wasn’t the injury that was keeping him out of the series.
After colliding with Paul Statsny in Game 3, Hejduk says he suffered
from a shoulder injury that was much more severe. Per Adrian
Dater of the Denver Post:
“I’ll have to go through some treatment with
the shoulder,” Hejduk said. “Hopefully, it’s going to heal and be fine.
But it was frustrating not to be out there.”
Mueller, acquired via trade to in fact be an offensive difference maker
in the playoffs, missed the entire series after suffering from a
concussion off a hit by Rob Blake. Mueller says it was just a normal
hockey play, but it’s a tough pill to swallow for Avs fans who saw their
team completely outmatched after the Hejduk injury.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.