Avalanche-signed defenseman Bo Byram, who is ranked No. 1 among NHL prospects by The Hockey News, will travel to Colorado this weekend and begin training with the club, according to a report in the Vancouver Province/Sun.
Byram, 19, can practice with the Avs as the ninth, 10th or 11th defenseman without burning the first year of his three-year, entry-level contract. He is not expected to play in a game when the 24-team playoffs begin in late July or early August because of his contract and the club’s depth at the position. The team is expected to have each of its eight regular defensemen healthy when training camp begins July 10.
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Hearing that @WHLGiants D Bowen Byram is going to be a part of the @Avalanche roster for the NHL playoff return. Leaving this weekend for Colorado. The 19-year-old Byram has 48 goals and 149 points in 139 regular season and playoff games with Vancouver over the past two years.
— Steve Ewen (@SteveEwen) June 30, 2020
Teams are expected to be able to carry as many as 28 skaters and unlimited goalies during the playoffs. The maximum regular-season roster size is 23.
Byram is a two-year star for major-junior’s Vancouver Giants. He signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Avs last summer after being selected by Colorado with the fourth overall pick. He was returned to Vancouver during the preseason.
The Avs’ other top prospects/reserves who practice with the team during the playoffs might also include forwards Martin Kaut, Logan O’Connor, and T.J. Tynan, defensemen Connor Timmins and Jacob McDonald, and goalies Michael Hutchinson, Adam Werner and Hunter Miska.
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports