The World Junior Championship officially kicks off on December 26th with the Czech Republic taking on Switzerland. The majority of the games will be available on NHL Net and as always TSN.
For the Avalanche, those prospects who have been confirmed to their national team are Martin Kaut for Czech Republic and Shane Bowers for Canada. Waiting on official confirmation for Nikolai Kovalenko and Danila Zhuravlyov for Russia and Sampo Ranta for Finland but all have made it this far to final cuts.
Shane Bowers scored in Canada’s WJC exhibition 6-0 win over Slovakia with an incredible shot batted out of mid-air. Watch the whole video linked below for a short interview on his goal as well.
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 22, 2018
Another bit of interesting news is the Bowers’ rights in the QMJHL have been traded to Drummonville, a contender which is WJC linemate Joe Veleno and teammate Maxime Comtois play for. The trade can’t be made official until after the WJC because of Bowers’ participation status but the trade is a done deal and includes multiple conditional picks. The big question is would Bowers leave BU for the QMJHL at this point? Likely not but the team hasn’t done well thus far and might be something to consider. AJ Greer of course was placed in this same situation at BU but he was buried on the team while Bowers holds a large role. Still, there is precedent for this type of move so time will tell.
Les Voltigeurs vont faire l’acquisition des droits de Shane Bowers des Sea Dogs, un membre d’Équipe Canada junior 2019. La transaction se fera le 6 janvier seulement. Choix conditionnels cédés en retour. #tvasports
— Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancetteTVA) December 24, 2018
Colorado Eagles had a pair of games to take care of prior to the holiday break. Unfortunately they dropped that first match 5-3 to Bakersfield after giving up five second period goals. Ty Lewis has two point evening including a goal seen below on a laser of a shot. His game is starting to come together and Lewis sits fourth in team scoring with 13 points and scoring seven points in his last ten games.
Kevin Davis also scored his first AHL goal on the power play and has five points in the eight games he been part of the team. The Eagles sorely need a puck mover especially with David Warsofsky now missing half the season and the Avalanche need a puck moving defenseman in their prospect pool in general. As an AHL contracted player it would be wise to consider an NHL contract ELC for Davis before another team does.
— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) December 22, 2018
Spencer Martin started his second consecutive game with Pavel Francouz on adventure in Arizona with the Avalanche. Results were better this time around as Martin shut the door on Bakersfield in the shootout as seen below for a 3-2 win and second victory in his last three starts. Michael Joly and Logan O’Connor were the goal scorers with Joly and Scott Kosmachuk converting in the shootout. The Eagles head into the holiday break with a 15-9-4 record and sit third in the Pacific division. They look primed to take an Avalanche AHL affiliate to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.
— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) December 23, 2018
Credit Colorado Eagles for the photo