The Colorado Avalanche made a move to demote one of their top prospects, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, on Wednesday, along with forward Mike Carman, bringing their roster total down to 27, with just over a week until the NHL regular season starts. With some openings on the blueline in camp, there was some hope that their future puck-moving phenom would crack the opening night roster, but that isn't going to be, barring any injuries in camp.
Count another Selection Sheet casualty up on the board now with this demotion today. As we grow closer to opening night, there may be a few more on the blog before its all said and done. It sounded like Shattenkirk had a pretty good shot through camp, so I thought this move would really make things interesting in Box 14, but only a return from the minors will see that happen, I guess.