Tom Preissing Looks To Make Impact with Colorado Avalanche

November 12th, 2009 by James Crider Leave a reply »
After undergoing offseason knee surgery, defenseman Tom Preissing has recovered and will soon finally be able to suit up in his first game for the Colorado Avalanche.

The timing couldn't be better.

Preissing is known as an offensive defenseman, and he'll be joining a team that has scored only one goal in its last 31 power play chances over the last nine games.

He also brings a hard right-handed slap shot from the point, something that's been sorely missed since the departure of Rob Blake. Sure, it's not the cannon that Blake's was, but it's certainly better than Adam Foote's.

What else he may bring to the table is up in the air.

Tom Preissing's career has been an interesting one, to say the least. He was never drafted, breaking his way into the NHL at age 26 when the San Jose Sharks signed him before the 2003-2004 NHL season.

The season after the lockout (2005-2006) was when Preissing officially put himself on the map as a marquee defenseman; he scored 43 points (20 power play assists) and was solid in his own end with a plus-17 rating.

Following the 2006 playoffs, Preissing was traded to the Ottawa ...

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