Craig Anderson Back At Practice
According to the Denver Post, Craig Anderson was in full gear at this morning’s Colorado Avalanche practice.
While he was only taking shots and not participating in full, the good news seems to be his road to recovery won’t be much longer. Peter Budaj has played very well in his starting stint, and will no doubt receive more starts this season because of that, but it was scary knowing that John Grahame was the next in line should anything happen. If both Anderson and Budaj continue to play at their best, this team could be truly dangerous moving forward.
Ryan Wilson will also play tonight, according to the Post, in a seven defensemen situation against the visiting St. Louis Blues. With injuries subsiding on the blue line, David Liffiton and sadly Colby Cohen have been reassigned to the Lake Erie Monsters. It is an unfortunate circumstance but the return of depth forced it to be necessary.
With TJ Galiardi nursing a surgically repaired broken wrist and David Van Der Gulik resting his torn MCL, it seems that Kevin Porter and Greg Mauldin will be staying with the Avs for a while. Mauldin had his first NHL goal the other night against the Detroit Red Wings and Porter has been clicking very well in this offense.
Look for the Avalanche to bounce back and try to strike early against a red hot Jaroslav Halak and the Blues. T.J. Oshie, one of St. Louis’ stellar young prospects recently broke his ankle, so while the offense may be hurting a bit, this team is one of the surprises of the season.
Other notes: Adrian Dater has also noted that David Koci is now listed as available to play and Kyle Quincey was seen back on skates after being out from a concussion. Currently there seems to be no place for Koci on the current roster.
What do you think? Is the worst finally over? Is it time for good news to come rolling in?