News and Notes

Roster Moves

In a 48-hour period, the Avalanche recalled defenseman Kevin Montgomery from the Lake Erie Monsters.  Montgomery, who was a fourth round pick for the Avalanche in 2006, has 12 points in 25 games for the  Monsters.  Montgomery was a healthy scratch for Colorado's 7-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.  

It was announced earlier on Tuesday that Montgomery, along with forward David Van der Gulik were reassigned to the Lake Erie Monsters.  In a separate transaction, defenseman Jonas Holos was recalled to Colorado.

Hishon Cut

Joey Hishon was one of three Avalanche prospects who were named to the Canadian National Junior Team selection camp a couple of weeks ago.  Despite averaging around two points per game in the Ontario Hockey League, Hishon was among the first players cut on Tuesday morning.  Hishon did not record a point in the two scrimmages.

“I think it’s probably the first time I’ve ever been cut from a team,” said Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon, one of nine players sent packing Tuesday morning. “It’s pretty tough to argue with Hockey Canada’s decision with their track record. I’ll be their biggest fan over Christmas.”

Read More:  Montreal Gazette

It isn't looking much better for prospects Calvin Pickard and Tyson Barrie, who have either struggled or haven't stood out significantly.  The final Canadian roster will be announced on Wednesday.  As it stands, the only Avalanche prospect likely to participate in the 2011 World Junior Championship is Finland's Sami Aittokallio

Hishon's disappointment is understandable as he will not be eligible for the tournament next year (same for Barrie), but should Pickard not be named, he'll have an opportunity for the 2012 Canadian entry.

Malone, Patterson Earn Weekly Awards

Minnesota's Kent Patterson was named WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week.  Patterson stopped 78 of 82 shots against then #2 ranked Minnesota-Duluth.  North Dakota forward, Brad Malone, was named WCHA Offensive player of the Week.  The senior forward had four points and a plus four rating in a two game sweep over Minnesota State.