The Avalanche trimmed their roster to 29 players on Wednesday, sending pair of former first-round picks to AHL Lake Erie in the process.
Joey Hishon, who made his NHL debut during last years playoffs, and Duncan Siemens — the 11th overall pick in 2011 — were sent packing from camp, moves that were newsworthy but not overly surprising.
Hishon, who the Avalanche took 17th overall in 2010, was plagued by concussion problems for nearly two years before getting his career on track last season, racking up 24 points in 50 games for the Monsters. He was then called up midway through Colorado’s opening-round playoff loss to Minnesota and played sporadically, averaging 6:12 TOI in three games.
Siemens, meanwhile, is still in the early stages of his professional career — he made 46 appearances for Lake Erie last season, his first full campaign in the AHL, and only turned 21 in September. That said, he’s the only top-15 pick from the ’11 Draft that hasn’t made his NHL debut yet.