Bowen Byram will make his NHL debut on Thursday night against Los Angeles

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The Avalanche took Byram fourth overall in the 2019 NHL Draft.

An exceptionally gifted defenceman who knows his strengths and plays by them. He possesses elite skating ability and is at his best when playing high energy, up-tempo hockey. He handles the puck well and is able to keep control of it under pressure. He makes calculated decisions that consistently shift momentum in his team’s favor. His creativity in the offensive zone speaks to his confidence in his ability to be a game-changer.

Defensively astute, he actively takes away lanes and limits options for the oncoming opposition. All-in-all, Bowen Byram is a workhorse who understands how to take advantage of turnovers and shift the pace of play in his favor in all three zones. (Curtis Joe, EP 2019)

With the shortened season due to the pandemic, expect to see players rotating in and out of the lineup more often. With the recent trade of Ian Cole, this opens up some room on the left side for the former World Junior gold medalist. Byram could potentially feature in games when Bednar wants to rest someone, or he can be in a rotation with the likes of Timmins, and Pateryn.