The Colorado Avalanche were one of the busier teams on trade deadline day and possibly made the biggest splash with the acquisition of Mikkel Boedker from the Arizona Coyotes. To go along with the winger the Avs also picked up defenseman Eric Gelinas from the New Jersey Devils and forward Taylor Beck from the New York Islanders. Now here’s what you should know about the newest players that’ll don the Avalanche jersey.
Mikkel Boedker is a left winger from Denmark who was drafted 8th overall in the 2008 draft and has the 10th most points from that draft class. He’s a 6’0, 211 pound perimeter player who does his best work in space where hes able to set up and use his skill. He has 13 goals and 26 assists this season with 18 of those points coming on the powerplay. So far he’s played more minutes on the powerplay this season than any other forward in the NHL. His best NHL season was back in the 2013/14 season when he put up 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points in 82 games. Boedker is expected to play on a line beside Nathan Mackinnon and Gabriel Landeskog which should fit his game very well.
Eric Gelinas is a defenseman from Vanier, Ontario who was drafted 54th overall in the 2nd round of the 2009 entry draft. He’s a 6’4, 215 pound left shooting dman who is known for his big shot and powerplay scoring. 30 of his career 54 points have came on the powerplay with 9 of those being goals. He found himself in the dog house with the Devils and has been a healthy scratch since February 8th, a span of 9 games. He will slide into the 3rd line with rookie Chris Bigras in replacement of Andrew Bodnarchuk. Also expect to see #44 on the powerplay at some point.
Taylor Beck is a right winger from St. Catharines, Ontario who was drafted 70th overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 entry draft. Beck was known for his scoring during his time in the OHL putting up 2 90+ point seasons with the Guelph Storm. He’s struggled since entering the AHL where he is still searching for his first 20 goal season and has yet to top the 50 point mark. He is now on his 4th NHL roster since being drafted by the Nashville Predators. The 6’2 winger does his best work when he goes to the net, with his offensive instincts its a possibility we could see him taking some playing time away from current 4th liner Jack Skille who hasn’t registered a point in 17 games now and is a -8 during that span.
What are your thoughts on the players that Joe Sakic and the Avalanche picked up at the trade deadline?