The Colorado Avalanche have announced that they’ve recalled forward Ben Meyers from their AHL affiliate less than a week after sending him down. Meyers was reassigned to the Colorado Eagles on December 22nd and has been shuttled back and forth on several occasions in December.
The 25-year-old has a goal in five games thus far this season with the Avalanche at the NHL level and has averaged just a shade over nine minutes of ice time a game. While he hasn’t been much of an offensive contributor, he has been difficult to play against with seven hits in those five games. At the AHL level with the Eagles, Meyers has been much more noticeable on the offensive side of things with six goals and seven assists in 19 games.
Last year the Avalanche gave Meyers a long audition to lock down an NHL spot, but he could not do so with just four goals in 39 games. While he didn’t necessarily hurt the Avalanche’s bottom six, he didn’t offer a lot as he doesn’t provide much scoring and doesn’t kill penalties making it tough for him to claim a full-time spot in the NHL.
The Avalanche recalled Meyers presumably due to Ross Colton’s availability being in question after he left last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Colton was treated after he blocked a shot and while the Avalanche are hoping he can play Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, nothing has been reported yet.