The Colorado Avalanche were dealt a huge blow to their club on late Wednesday when it was discovered that forward Steve Downie will miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery.
Downie, who was acquired last February from the Tampa Bay Lightning is seen as a spark plug for the Av’s, playing the agitator role perfectly while getting under the opposing player’s skin.
The former first round draft pick can also produce offensively as evidenced by his 2 goals and 11 assists in the 20 games he played for the Av’s last season after being traded from Tampa.
His best offensive season came in his first full year in the league when he scored 22 goals and added 24 assists for 46 points in 79 games.
After last season the Avalanche signed Downie to a two-year contract. The 25-year old had one assist through two games this year.