Prospect Weekly: A Collection of Firsts

Welcome to year two of this weekly series covering Colorado Avalanche prospect highlights and news from around the world.

The AHL has officially arrived in Colorado as AJ Greer scored the first goal for the Colorado Eagles in their AHL history. This was also Martin Kaut‘s first point in North America as he’s the one who gave Greer the touch pass exiting the defensive zone for the primary assist. Greer played with a lot of passion, determination and set the tone as he tends to do and willed this puck into the net as seen below.

 

Igor Shvyrev wasted no time in scoring his first goal in North America which tied the game for the Eagles with just under five minutes left in the game. Unfortunately he’s been saddled with grinders on the fourth line and no time on the power play but was able to win the faceoff and tip the puck in this nice net front play as seen below in a hint of what’s to come with Shvyrev. The Eagles would drop this contest 3-2 in overtime.

 

And finally, the third goal for the Eagles on the weekend was from Nicolas Meloche in a 5-1 loss for Colorado. After inexplicably sitting out the first contest Meloche made the most of his time in the second game with the goal but also added four shots on goal and played heavy minutes after Sergei Boikov was tossed from the game. Vladislav Kamenev also picked up an assist on this tally, capping off what was a solid weekend for him as well and a very much deserved callup.

 

Nick Henry scored his first goal of the season in a 7-3 loss for the Regina Pats in what is shaping up to be a tough season for them after hosting the Memorial Cup. Henry is tied for the team lead with seven points in six games.

 

The first collegiate prospect to begin their regular season was Sampo Ranta and he wasted no time getting on the board in scoring his first NCAA goal less than halfway into the first period. Minnesota would skate to a 1-1 tie against defending NCAA champions Minnesota-Duluth. Unfortunately the technology does not exist to properly show a highlight of that goal but Ranta put another puck in the back of the net on video as seen below the following night in a rematch and 7-4 win. He’s going to unleash his shot like that all year.

 

Let us not forget Nikolai Kovalenko with this beauty shootout move and deciding tally in Lokomotiv’s 4-3 shootout win over Torpedo. Also, a great feature on him from the KHL HERE.

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Credit Colorado Eagles for the photo

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2 thoughts on “Prospect Weekly: A Collection of Firsts

  • October 9, 2018 at 11:34 PM
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    This is great!, thanks! Especially love that the Eagles don’t get forgotten just because they are pro’s.

    • October 11, 2018 at 10:47 PM
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      Thank you for reading and commenting. And yes any prospects doing highlight worthy things for the Eagles will always be included!

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