The Colorado Avalanche received good news on the injury front today when it was revealed that Alex Tanguay wouldn’t be out for more than a few weeks after tweaking his knee. The team originally feared that Tanguay had damaged his ACL and wouldn’t be available for several months, but that isn’t the case.
Alex Tanguay to miss at least two weeks for Avs with knee injury http://t.co/xK63MA3t6Z
— Eye on Hockey (@EyeOnHockey) November 4, 2013
In years gone by, an injury to a top-six forward might have been stomach curdling news for the Avalanche. That isn’t the case in this campaign though, as Colorado has a pretty special player that they’ll be bumping up to the second line in Tanguay’s place. You might have heard of him.
Nathan MacKinnon now RW on Paul Stasnty line, with Gabe Landeskog. Third line: Mitchell between LW McGinn and RW Talbot. #40 and #61 out
— Mike Chambers (@mikechambers) November 4, 2013
MacKinnon playing in the top-six for two or three weeks sounds pretty perfect at this stage of the season, actually. He’s been solid against bottom-six opponents so far this season, but this will be an interesting opportunity to see how he hangs with more talented players to go up against.
If it goes well, then the Avalanche know even more about MacKinnon and his development. If he doesn’t pan out, Tanguay will be back soon enough to reclaim his spot. Oddly enough, this injury seems like a win-win for Colorado. So goes the luck for the hottest team in the NHL at the moment.