LOVELAND, CO – The Colorado Eagles headed into the season with a potent offense, with players like Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Jesse Mychan, Johnny Lazo and Derek Rodwell looking to fill the void left behind when Trent Daavettila retired during the summer.
In two games this season, the Eagles have averaged the second-most goals in the ECHL with four-per-game.
That “offense-by-committee” approach took a hit Monday, when Lazo broke his leg in practice. The 5-foot-6, 170-pound center posted a goal and an assist in the first two games of the 2016-17 season against the Rapid City Rush last weekend.
“It was a wrong place, wrong time scenario and now we shift our focus to ensuring that Johnny has the absolute best care during his recovery process,” said Eagles General Manager Chris Stewart.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native burst onto the scene as a rookie last season, posting 21 goals and 15 assists in just 34 games with Colorado. Lazo would go on to be named the ECHL’s Rookie of the Month in January after scoring nine goals in his first nine games as an Eagle. In addition, his shooting percentage of 21.9% led all ECHL rookies during the 2015-16 season and was good for 3rd in the ECHL, overall.
To fill Lazo’s spot, the team traded for Darik Angeli, who was in Manchester for the first couple of games this season. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward posted 16 points in 50 games with the Monarchs during the 2015-16 season. He also appeared in 11 AHL contests last season with the Manitoba Moose and Portland Pirates.