The second week of the NHL season is underway and teams are already starting to feel the injury bug. With just two games on the schedule tonight today will serve as a rest period for many of the stars that fell over the weekend. With that in mind there may be some transactions around the league to bring up replacements, and we’ll keep track of them right here.
- The Ottawa Senators have recalled Vitaly Abramov from the minor leagues, giving the young forward a chance after the team sent down Drake Batherson and Filip Chlapik yesterday. Abramov, 21, was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets last season and made his NHL debut with the Senators, but is still looking for his first point. The 5’10” winger has incredible skill with the puck but has yet to really break out at the professional level. In 70 AHL contests last season he had 29 points.
- Max Comtois has been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks, giving the young forward another chance in the NHL after impressing last season. The 20-year old Comtois recorded seven points in ten games with the Ducks before being returned to the QMJHL, where he predictably dominated as an NHL-ready prospect. Selected 50th overall in 2017, Comtois brings a mix of skill, speed and physicality that will be a big part of the Ducks forward group moving forward. Where he fits in right now isn’t clear, but the team has high hopes for the for him.
- With Ian Cole now cleared for contact and approaching a return, the Colorado Avalanche have decided to send Conor Timmins to the AHL according to Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic. Timmins was one of the most inspiring stories from training camp, making the Avalanche roster after missing the entire 2018-19 season with concussion issues. The 21-year old defenseman made his professional debut last week but was barely used by head coach Jared Bednar, totaling just 20:39 of ice time in two games. Cole is not quite ready to make his return to action, but Timmins obviously needs to play a bit more than that as he tries to jump right back onto the strong development path he had previously traveled.