One thing that i have been thinking about the past few days is our Favorite Redhead Cody McLeod and if he is going to see the same amount of games as he did last year.
With all the additions that the Avs have made this year, there is a good chance that McLeod Starts in the minors. Now i don’t think that it should come to that because of all the players on the Avs bench he is the one that shows up every night, has the most passion and it not afraid to stick up for other players.
Cody has been with the Avs since the 07/08 season, and was signed as an undrafted player, which means he really did a job impressing scouts while he played in the minors and juniors. From 2001-2005 he played in the Whl for the Portland Winterhawks, where in the 04-05 season he put up his best career numbers posting 31 goals and 29 assist’s. He played for a couple Ahl teams as well including the Lowell Lock Monsters and the Albany River Rats before signing with the Avs.
Since being in the Avs organization, Cody has made his mark as an Enforcer who is not afraid to drop the gloves and can occasionally score some goals. His NHL totals are 31 Goals, 24 Assists with 609 Penalty Minutes in 273 Games played.
Now last season He played 71 games and had 8 points (5g,3a). There’s a good chance we wont see as much of Cody as we have over the last 4 years. With a lot of new faces joining the club this year, rounding out the final roster for Opening night is going to be tough for the Coaching staff. I mean the Avs have 8 Defenseman signed to contracts, and the only 2 i don’t see making the team is Cumiskey and Hunwick.
As i see it the roster players will look like this
RW- Hejduk, Mueller, Jones, Landeskog
LW-Galiardi, Winnik, Kobasew, Yip
C- Stastny, Duchene, O’reilly, McClement
D- Hejda, Johnson, Quincey, O’Byrne, Wilson, O’Brien/ Elliot
G- Varlamov, Giguere
I will say one thing. The team is definitely prepared for injuries this season. Lots of Player that can be called up that are familiar with the NHL game.
What do you think.. Tweet me @mercus24 and let me know if you think differently or agree about the subject of McLeod.
Thanks for reading.