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Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Reassigned to AHL
Tufte was sent back to AHL Colorado on Saturday.
Tufte has supplied one goal and one assist in the past two games for the Avalanche. His return to the minors bodes well for the availability of Logan O'Connor (lower body) or Tomas Tatar (undisclosed) ahead of Saturday's contest versus Calgary.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Offers helper Friday
Tufte notched an assist and two hits in Friday's 3-2 win over the Wild.
With Tomas Tatar (undisclosed) joining Logan O'Connor (lower body) among the Avalanche's injured, Tufte was listed on the second line for this game. Tufte helped out on a Ross Colton tally in the first period. Through five games, Tufte has managed two points, seven shots on net, seven hits and a minus-2 rating at the NHL level. He's likely best suited to a bottom-six role until Colorado gets some injured forwards back in the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Scores first goal with new team
Tufte scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Tufte was called up just before the game to replace Logan O'Connor (lower body) in the lineup. The goal was Tufte's first point in four outings with the Avalanche this season. He's added seven shots on net, five hits, two PIM and a minus-2 rating while mainly playing in a bottom-six capacity. The 25-year-old has two goals over 17 career NHL appearances.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Back in NHL
Tufte was called up from AHL Colorado on Wednesday, per CapFriendly.
Tufte spent 10 days in the minors this time around. The 25-year-old has failed to record a point over three NHL outings this season while adding five shots on goal and five hits.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Heads to minors
Tufte was assigned to AHL Colorado on Sunday.
Tufte has appeared in three games with the Avalanche this season, including Saturday's 8-2 loss to St. Louis. He has been credited with five shots on goal and five hits. Tufte has nine goals and 12 points over nine AHL contests this campaign. He might be recalled by the big club prior to Monday's matchup with Seattle.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Back with Avalanche
Tufte was recalled from AHL Colorado on Saturday.
Tufte was sent down to the AHL after Thursday's loss to Seattle, after he was recalled earlier in the day. Tufte has yet to pick up a point in two games with the Avalanche this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Sent down after game
Tufte was reassigned to AHL Colorado after Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Kraken.
Tufte put up three hits in 14:10 of ice time, playing on the second line at even strength. With Artturi Lekhonen (upper body) exiting the contest, it's possible Tufte may be back on the NHL roster for Saturday's game versus the Blues.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Back in NHL
Tufte was recalled from AHL Colorado on Thursday.
Tufte was a minus-1 with four shots on goal in his only NHL game this season. He has been on fire in the AHL, finding the back of the net nine times with three helpers in only nine games. Tufte was selected 25th overall in 2016, but the 25-year-old has yet to crack an NHL lineup for any significant time over the last three seasons.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Bags hat trick Friday
Tufte scored three goals on six shots in AHL Colorado's 5-3 win over Ontario on Friday.
Tufte, who was returned to the Eagles after making his debut for the Avalanche earlier in the week, now has nine goals over seven games in the AHL. At the time Tufte was sent down Thursday, Colorado head coach Jared Bednar told Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now there was a possibility the club brings the forward back up to the NHL for Saturday's game in Las Vegas.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: AHL bound
Tufte was returned to AHL Colorado on Thursday.
Tufte was recalled Tuesday after scoring six goals and adding two assists in six AHL games. Tufte made his Avalanche debut Wednesday against St. Louis - he was unable to hit the scoresheet despite logging four shots on goal in 11:28 of action.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Makes Avalanche debut
Tufte had four shots on goal and one hit over 11:28 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blues.
Tufte made his Colorado debut Wednesday when head coach Jared Bednar shook up the lineup for the first time this season. Tufte and Kurtis MacDermid were active while Jonathan Drouin and Tomas Tatar were healthy scratches. The changes followed a two-game losing streak, which featured no goals in six periods of hockey. Tufte showed a scoring touch at AHL Colorado, lighting the lamp six times and assisting on two others in six games for the Eagles. Since offense was exactly what the Avalanche needed, he was called up and given a prime gig on the second line with Ryan Johansen and Valeri Nichushkin. Bednar was pleased with Tufte's performance, per Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now. "I thought he was impactful," the coach said. "Strong on pucks down low, nose is always over the puck at the net front, goes their hard, likes to shoot it. He's got a great shot, right? That's why he's scoring." All of Tufte's ice time was in even-strength situations Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Skates on second line
Tufte practiced on the second line Tuesday, per Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now.
Tufte skated on one side of center Ryan Johansen with Valeri Nichushkin on the other side. Rawal also included Tufte on the second line in Wednesday's pre-game report. It's looking like at least one veteran will be scratched, either Jonathan Drouin or Tomas Tatar.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Rises to top level
Tufte was recalled by the Avalanche on Tuesday.
Tufte has gotten off to an excellent start in the minors this season, racking up six goals and eight points through just six contests. It remains to be seen if he'll draw into the lineup and make his season debut with the Avalanche on Wednesday versus St. Louis.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Dropped to AHL
Tufte was assigned to AHL Colorado on Monday.
Tufte was a healthy scratch in Colorado's first two games of the 2023-24 season. The 25-year-old forward notched 19 goals and 35 points in 63 games with AHL Texas last campaign.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Back with big club
Tufte was recalled by the Avalanche on Tuesday.
With Andrew Cogliano still dealing with a neck injury, Tufte could jump into a bottom-six role for Wednesday's season opener versus LA. Tufte went scoreless through three appearances with the Stars last year.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Lands in AHL
Tufte cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Colorado on Monday, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Tufte had a strong preseason for the Avalanche but was a victim of a numbers game. Colorado will have the flexibility to move Tufte up and down throughout the season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Among final cuts
Tufte was added to waivers by the Avalanche on Sunday, Chris Johnston of TSN reports.
Tufte was in contention for a roster spot following a strong preseason, though he'll ultimately begin the year with AHL Colorado if he clears waivers. The 25-year-old Tufte has played in 13 NHL games in the past two seasons, tallying his lone goal in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: On roster bubble
Tufte is in the mix for one of the final roster spots available heading into Saturday's preseason finale against Vegas, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Tufte has positioned himself well to claim a spot after scoring a goal in each of his previous three preseason outings. He could help address Colorado's need for depth scoring following a successful shift from center to the wing during camp. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by Dallas. He produced 19 goals and 35 points in 63 games with AHL Texas last season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Slides to center
Tufte worked as the center on the second line during Friday's practice, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Ryan Johansen, who is pegged as the second-line center, moved to up the top line while Nathan MacKinnon was in Halifax, where the Mooseheads retired his jersey. Tufte lined up with Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin, and the 6-foot-6 forward didn't look out of place at his new position. Coach Jared Bednar acknowledged a hole down the middle and said he'll look at multiple options to play center in the bottom six. "If he has the ability to make a move into the center position, I'd like to experiment with it because I like him as a player," the coach said of Tufte, who has an opportunity to earn a larger role for the Avalanche after appearing in 10 NHL games with the Stars over the previous two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Riley Tufte: Joining Colorado organization
Tufte signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Saturday.
Tufte made three NHL appearances with the Stars last season, and he had 35 points in 63 games with AHL Texas. He'll now take his talents to Colorado, where he'll likely serve as an organizational depth winger with AHL Colorado for most of the 2023-24 campaign.... See More ... See Less
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