from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
Defenseman Nikita Zadorov's demotion to the American Hockey League on Saturday further points to the Avalanche as the short-term loser in the Ryan O'Reilly trade. Based on O'Reilly's team-leading 13 points with the Buffalo Sabres, one can suggest the Avs are taking a beating.
It does not, however, dub the six-player deal a disaster for Colorado.
In the long term, the Avs could still prevail, with all four return pieces 21 or younger — but undoubtedly it's another reason Avs fans are losing faith.
Despite his tender age, Zadorov, 20, was considered the big addition in June, when the Avs sent O'Reilly to Buffalo, along with Jamie McGinn, for Zadorov, fellow Russian Mikhail Grigorenko, University of Michigan captain J.T. Compher and a second-round draft pick.
Grigorenko, 21, has played in 11 of the Avs' 14 games but still is looking for his first goal and has produced just seven shots. He is where we thought he would be. McGinn, who missed most of last season with a back injury, has played all 14 games for the Sabres and is tied for their fifth-leading scorer.
Indeed, the comparison hurts right now.
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