The Denver Cutthroats are quickly finding themselves in a tough spot as they continue their month-long road trip around the Central Hockey League.

The club announced today that two more players have been called up to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. Both defensemen, Joel Chouinard and Markus Lauridsen are the latest pair to get the phone call.

Chouinard has spent much of the last two season with the Monsters, putting up 8 goals and 19 assists in 88 games for the club. Possibly forced down to the Fish due to the lockout, Chouinard has managed a nice 11 points during his 30 games with Denver. Has has used his speed to his advantage, owning a plus-six while getting work done as a rear guard. He could find himself sticking with the Monsters here shortly.

Lauridsen isn’t unfamiliar with the Monsters either. The rookie played two games with the affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche during a stint with the team from November 5-16th. Lauridsen may have made an impression during his time there, as his return makes him the tenth rostered defenseman on the Monsters. Lauridsen has six goals and nine assists after 30 games for Denver and looks to carry that success with him to Erie.

Hurting for help as the team now has six players in Cleveland – three and a half being blue liners (Ben Wilson plays forward and back) – the Cutthroats also announced today the acquisition of University of Denver Pioneers alumni Brandon Vossberg. The St. Paul, Minnesota native hasn’t played pro since graduating college in 2010, but will be a key role-player in a bottom pairing as the club looks to rebound from a pair of road losses as they battle for the postseason.

Vossberg was with the Fish during open tryouts.

Callups may be more frequent for the Cutthroats now that the NHL is on the cusp of starting a shortened 2013 season. As players like Tyson Barrie make the shortlist to head to the Avs, the transaction wire could really start heating up for the Fish.

Denver takes on the Arizona Sundogs in Arizona for the third time this season as they play on the road until the National Western Stock Show leaves town.

What do you think about the moves? Think Vossberg was the right choice to help?