Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog is expected to miss the start of the 2022-23 regular season with a lower-body injury. Athleticism‘s Peter Baugh reported on Thursday.
Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar told reporters that Landeskog « won’t be skating any time soon » as he recovers from his injury. It’s unclear at this point when we might expect him to return.
Landeskog, 29, scored 30 goals and 59 points in 51 games with the Avalanche during the 2021-22 regular season. He added 11 goals and 22 points in 20 playoff games as the Avalanche won their third Stanley Cup.
In addition to Landeskog, Darren Helm (lower body), Valeri Nichushkin (lower body) and Josh Manson (personal reasons) did not practice with the Avalanche on Thursday.
With Landeskog not on the ice, the Avalanche elected to deploy Artturi Lehkonen and Alex Galchenyuk as their top two left wingers in training on Thursday.
Galchenyuk, 28, is attending Avalanche training camp as part of a pro tryout. The 2012 third pick scored six goals and had 21 points in 60 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season.
Lehkonen, 27, won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche three months ago after being acquired by the Montreal Canadiens at the 2022 trade deadline. The 5’11 » Finn has scored eight goals and tallied 14 points in 20 playoff games for the Avs.
Ben Meyers and Andrew Cogliano also skated on the left wing in the main group during Thursday’s Avalanche training camp sessions.