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Well, who saw this one coming? Picked up in a deadline day swap back in 2018, Ryan Graves was looked at purely as a depth defenseman who would hopefully regain some of that promise he had after putting up 30 points in the AHL as a 21-year-old. He didn’t exactly light the world on fire in Colorado, as he put…...

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When the Avs signed Valeri Nichushkin on August 19 in the dead of the summer, it was met with a lot of skepticism (myself included). Why did the Avs, as deep as they had been in years, decide to take a chance on a struggling player? Why would they block younger players already in the organization? Why was this reclamation…...

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments. https://twitter.com/Avalangelist/status/1239339192762511360?s=20 I doubt it comes down to something like this, but if it did, I am pretty sure the Avs organization would not hesitate…...

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Mark Barberio – C Barbs once again did not play much, but had a good chance in the first and broke up an icing late in the game. He even dropped back to defense to kill a penalty in the third. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B Bellemare playing in overtime is not something I ever anticipated seeing, but he even picked…...

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Mark Barberio – D Barberio played forward again in this one, and I’m not sure why. The Avs scratched two forwards to do it. He barely played, at five minutes, and that’s with MacKinnon missing the final half of the game. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B Bellemare grinded it out in this one. His goal was flukey as can be, but…...

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Mark Barberio – C Outside of two odd-man rushes allowed in the second period, the third pair was completely invisible, and extremely low event. Barberio was very quiet in this game, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B+ I really felt Bellemare had a strong game in this one, except for maybe the last minute…...

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Mark Barberio – C- I really didn’t mind Barberio for most of this game. I thought he played quite well, for the most part, but did think there was a big dip in his game in the third period. He and Donskoi got mixed up big time on the dagger goal by Vancouver, as there was no communication. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare…...

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The Captain is back. Well…maybe. “I still haven’t had a two-goal game all year,” Landeskog deadpanned to me after morning skate on Wednesday. While that may be true, the post-All-Star break Landeskog has started to look more and more like the captain Avs fans have come to know and love since he entered the NHL in 2011. Before the All-Star…...

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Mark Barberio – D+ Barbs and MacK both attacked the same guy on the Ducks’ second goal. I’m not sure Barbs did anything wrong, as that looked like his guy, but some miscommunication there. The third pair was ugly in this one. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – D I really don’t know why Bellemare fought. He’s not a fighter, and it clearly…...

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments.

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Mark Barberio – C+ I thought the third pair had a great first period and kind of slid down from there, but given how ugly this game was, it worked out. Barbs did a great job taking a hit to make a play on the game-winning goal. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C+ Hit the post in the second period, and boy,…...

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Mark Barberio – B Playing his first game in over two months, Barberio snuck into the lineup…as a forward?!? He hasn’t looked great on defense this year, so it’s probably not a stretch to say this was his best appearance of the year. He was particularly good in the first period. He is extremely popular in the lineup and works…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B The third line was pretty consistent in this one, generally not getting pinned in their own end. Against a high event team like Carolina, Bellemare was only on the ice for a team-low seven shot attempts against. He looked to be shaken up in the second period but ended the game fine. Andre Burakovsky – D…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C The PK had a good night, but unfortunately, Bellemare was in the box for one of them as he took a holding penalty late in the second. I didn’t like some of his decisions with the puck, including wiring a pass to an unsuspecting Namestnikov in the second, but he had some good chances in the…...

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It's difficult for a young player to come up in a stretch run and earn the trust of an NHL head coach.

How is Martin Kaut making it look so easy, then?

The 20 year old Czech native has only been up with the Avs for a week, but he's already earning ice time due to his hard work and intelligence on the ice.

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments.

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B- Bellemare got completely robbed in the second period by Quick. He did everything right, especially on a cross-body shot like that, but Quick just got to it and stopped him. That line, once again, was surprisingly effective in terms of keeping shots down in their own end. Ian Cole – C Cole was at the very…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B This was the type of game Bellemare lives for, and he was good and dependable in this one. That line cruised through this game defensively and didn’t give the Ducks anything. Andre Burakovsky – B Burakovsky was definitely the trigger man on that line, and on the power play, and if not for Gibson, would have…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B- Bellemare had a strong night playing on the third line. During the epic battle of nothingness along the wall in the second period, Belly battled with the much bigger Matt Martin and didn’t take any guff. Had a nice backhand pass to Kaut in the slot at one point as well. Andre Burakovsky – B+ Another…...

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There's an almost 15 year age gap between Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Martin Kaut.

That makes Bellemare the perfect center to help the 20 year old Kaut in his NHL debut.

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