Kaut didn’t have to stay on the Colorado Eagles too long before his opportunity to play with the Avalanche again came around. The 16th overall pick in the 2018 draft was sent down to the minors last Thursday March 5th. Four days later Kaut will be suiting up with the big boys again.
From the looks of it the Avalanche are more concerned with the injuries on the team than they are with keeping Kaut on an entry level contract (ELC). Rightfully so as it seems half the lineup is out for the Avalanche right now.
Mikko Rantenan, Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, Phillip Grubauer, Cale Makar, and Colin Wilson are all out. Mikko did skate on Wednesday in a non contact sweater. Even with Mikko skating most of these players aren’t due back until mid March. That is a lot of holes to fill on a team that is pushing for first in the central division.
In his 8 games with the Colorado Avalanche this year Kaut has recorded 3 points. Two goals and one assist. Not too bad for the newbie. Here’s to hoping he can produce at least at that level until the big guns can return for the Avalanche. The team should be gunning for Lord Stanley come playoff time.
All credit to Coach Jared Bednar. Even without the Avalanche’s second highest scorer (Makar), their first line right winger (Rantenan), their second line center (Kadri), their third highest scorer (Burakovsky), and their starting goaltender (Grubauer) the Avalanche are still second in the Central Division. Just two points out of first place with a game in hand on the St. Louis Blues. Bednar deserves to be in the running for coach of the year.