The Avalanche’s final roster is set, but its own lineup for Thursday’s season opener against Minnesota? That’s planning to take Jared Bednar a little more time to work out.
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While the club announced a 23-man roster on Tuesday afternoon, injuries to players such as Anton Lindholm, Vladislav Kamenev and Sven Andrighetto, who have been placed on Injured Reserve, in addition to pending status reports on routine starters Nathan MacKinnon, J.T. Compher and Nikita Zadorov mean the situation is still fluid.
“We’re waiting on a few men, find out how they arrived through training now. Some men have been away for four, five, six days — in Kamenev’s case, at which he hasn’t socialize together with the group,” Bednar stated. “So we’re getting advice from the training staff. It may seem different, as anticipated. It depends on a number. ”
One participant who seems to have made the cut and may see his NHL debut on Thursday is 24-year-old center Sheldon Dries. The Macomb, Mich., native signed a yearlong, yearlong contract this season after spending the last year with the AHL’s Texas Stars.
Bednar stated he’s fan of Dries’ speed, a trait that he shares with center MacKinnon, along with his ability to play across the web. However, Dries understands that because he made the doesn’t mean that he won’t be a healthy scratch against the Wild. If he does play Thursdayhe’d be on the fourth line and slip to right wing using Matt Calvert and center J.T. Compher.
“It’so for certain. I’m not going to sugar coat it, but it doesn’t mean I&rsquo. Keep trying, I Want to keep working and take it ,” the rookie said. I clearly wished to make an impression right away, and I felt like I put my best foot forward, but there’s a great deal of job to be accomplished. ”
While the remainder of the roster is flux, the one decision Bednar has made thus far is that longtime goaltender Semyon Varlamov will find the start in net against the Wild.
“Varly is currently going to begin, and you know what? I think rsquo, we &;re going to leave the match against Philly open for now and see. But I would expect (Philipp) Grubauer to play one of the initial 3 matches,” Bednar stated of his strategies to get the goalies. “We’ll evaluate it week-to-week and try to give them a clear plan on how things are going to select the week and sometimes possibly even for two weeks, but we’ll keep gathering that info as the year continues. ”
Despite surrendering 21 preseason targets between the both Bednar enjoyed what he saw out of his goalies.
Varlamov additional he isn’t concerned about any particular lively that was goal-tending. He wants the season.
“I don’t. Gruby’so this to do the same thing . We have the same mission: to allow this team play and succeed and make the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup,” Varlamov, 30, said. “ … How many matches we now ’re going to play we don’t know. We’re. That’s around the coaching staff.
“I’m very excited about the first hockey game of the new season. Each year it’s new beginning. So I’m looking ahead. ”
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