Avs Ink Andrighetto

On June 28, the Colorado Avalanche announced that they re-signed Swiss forward Sven Andrighetto to a 2 year, $2.8 million contract. The contract will hold an annual cap hit of $1.4 million per season.

“We were pleased with what Sven added to our team at the end of last season,” says Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic. “He sees the ice well and brings speed and scoring to our lineup. We’re excited to have him under contract.”

Andrighetto, 24, was acquired by the Avalanche at the trade deadline in February from the Montreal Canadiens for power forward Andreas Martinsen.

Andrighetto wasted little time adjusting to his new surroundings in Denver as Sven scored 5 goals and 15 points in 19 games for the Avalanche down the stretch, showing instant chemistry with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.

Drafted as an over-ager by Montreal in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft, Andrighetto spent most of the the time in the Canadiens organization in the minors where he was a productive scorer. In 170 AHL games, Sven posted 49 goals and 132 points. In 83 NHL games with Montreal, Andrighetto scored 11 goals and 28 points.

Andrighetto was among the 7 Restricted Free Agents the Avalanche tendered a qualifying offer to on June 26. He is signed up to the 2018-19 season.

Avs Qualify 7 Players

Today was the deadline for teams to tender qualifying offers to their own Restricted Free Agents (RFA’s). It was announced, first reported by Adrian Dater of BSNDenver, that the Avalanche tendered qualifying offers to seven players.

Most notably, and not surprisingly, the Avs tendered qualifying offers to forwards Sven Andrighetto, Matt Nieto, and Rocco Grimaldi along with defenseman Nikita Zadorov.

Forwards Felix Girard and Gabriel Bourque and defenseman Duncan Siemens were also tendered qualifying offers by the Avalanche.

By tendering qualifying offers to these players, the Avalanche hold the rights to these players if not signed by July 1. The players can either sign their qualifying offers or negotiate themselves a better contract. In any case, the Avalanche hold their rights and can match any offer from predatory offer sheets.

Forwards Mikhail Grigorenko, Sam Henley, Troy Bourke and Turner Elson along with defensemen Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gelinas were NOT tendered qualifying offers by the Avalanche.

These players will become Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA’s) on July 1 and are free to sign with any team they want. Theoretically, the Avs could still sign any of these players before July 1 (or after). However, that’s very unlikely and the Avs are moving on.

Avs Take Makar, 2017 Draft Class

Although the Colorado Avalanche ended up on the losing end of the Draft Lottery process, in the end they got the player they truly coveted.

With the 4th overall pick in the 2017 Entry Level Draft, the Colorado Avalanche chose dynamic offensive defenseman Cale Makar.

Makar, 18, played the last two seasons with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) where he was named the AJHL Player of the Year in both years. This past season, Makar was also named the AJHL Playoff MVP as well.

Makar, a right shot defenseman, scored 24 goals and 75 points in 54 games this past season with the Bandits while adding another 5 goals and 16 points in 13 playoff games.

The 5’11 187 pound d-man had gained a ton of steam heading into the draft with scouts/analysts calling Makar the most dynamic player in the entire draft regardless of position. Getting compared to multiple time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, Makar is said to have the highest ceiling of any player drafted this year. Many have called Makar a “difference maker” and a “future Norris Trophy winner”.

The Avalanche Selections:

1st round, 4th overall: Cale Makar: A 5’11 187 Lb, 18 year old right show, offensive defenseman.

2nd round, 32nd overall: Conor Timmins: A 6’1 183 Lb, 18 year old two-way right shot defenseman.

4th round, 94th overall: Nick Henry: A 17 year old, 5’11 190 Lb productive right winger.

4th round, 114th overall: Petr Kvaca: A 6’1 175 Lb, 19 year old goaltender.

5th round, 125th overall: Igor Shvyryov: A 6’0 205 Lb, 18 year old playmaking center.

6th round, 156th overall: Denis Smirnov: A 5’10 185 Lb, 19 year old scoring left winger.

7th round, 187th overall: Nick Leiverman: A 5’10 195 Lb, 18 year old puck moving left shot defenseman.

 

2017 NHL Entry Level Draft

Selections:

1st overall: The New Jersey Devils select F Nico Hischier.

2nd overall: The Philadelphia Flyers select F Nolan Patrick.

3rd overall: The Dallas Stars select D Miro Heiskanen.

4th overall: The Colorado Avalanche select D Cale Makar.

5th overall: The Vancouver Canucks select F Elias Pettersson.

6th overall: The Vegas Golden Knights select F Cody Glass.

7th overall: The New York Rangers (from Arizona) select F Lias Andersson.

8th overall: The Buffalo Sabres select F Casey Mittelstadt.

9th overall: The Detroit Red Wings select F Michael Rasmussen.

10th overall: The Florida Panthers select F Owen Tippett.

11th overall: The Los Angeles Kings select F Gabriel Vilardi.

12th overall: The Carolina Hurricanes select F Martin Necas.

13th overall: The Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg) select F Nick Suzuki.

14th overall: The Tampa Bay Lightning select D Callan Foote.

15th overall: The Vegas Golden Knights (from NY Islanders) select D Erik Brannstrom.

16th overall: The Calgary Flames select D Juuso Valimaki.

17th overall: The Toronto Maple Leafs select D Timothy Liljegren.

18th overall: The Boston Bruins select D Urjo Vaakanainen.

19th overall: The San Jose Sharks select F Josh Norris.

20th overall: The St Louis Blues select F Robert Thomas.

21st overall: The New York Rangers select F Filip Chytil.

22nd overall: The Edmonton Oilers select F Kailer Yamamoto.

23rd overall: The Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota) select D Pierre-Olivier Joseph.

24th overall: The Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus via Vegas) select F Kristian Vesalainen.

25th overall: The Montreal Canadiens select F Ryan Poehling.

26th overall: The Dallas Stars (from Chicago) select G Jake Oettinger.

27th overall: The Philadelphia Flyers (from Washington via St Louis) select F Morgan Frost.

28th overall: The Ottawa Senators select F Shane Bowers.

29th overall: The Chicago Blackhawks (from Anaheim via Dallas) select D Henri Jokiharju.

30th overall: The Nashville Predators select F Eeli Tolvanen.

31st overall: The St Louis Blues (from Pittsburgh) select F Klim Kostin.

The Avs currently hold the 32nd overall pick. Rounds 2-7 are set to take place tomorrow at 10 AM ET.

 

Avs Lose Pickard

The Colorado Avalanche will need a new back-up goaltender.

On Wednesday night, NHL’s newest franchise the Vegas Golden Knights announced their selections in the Expansion Draft at the NHL Awards.

Picking in order from worst team in the league to the best, meaning their first selection would be from the league’s worst Colorado Avalanche, the Golden Knights selected goaltender Calvin Pickard.

A fan favourite, Pickard was drafted in the 2nd round, 49th overall in the 2010 Draft. Splitting time between the NHL and the AHL the past few years, the 25 year old became a full-time NHL goalie this past season and was anointed the starting role when Semyon Varlamov fell victim to injuries.

Pickard has posted a record of 28-44-6, a 2.77 GAA and .914 save percentage in his tenure in Denver.

All the best and good luck in Vegas, Picks!

Avalanche Protection List

Earlier this morning the NHL released the protection lists for all 30 teams. As I said last night, the Avalanche will go the option of 7 forwards, 3 defensemen and 1 goaltender route instead of the 8 skaters, 1 goalie route.

The 7 forwards the Avs are protecting: Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Sven Andrighetto, Matt Nieto, Blake Comeau and Rocco Grimaldi.

There are no real surprises here. The only mild surprising name protected is Rocco Grimaldi who only played 4 games with the Avs this past season. The rest of the players protected were expected.

The 3 defensemen protected were obvious for over a year now. The Avs have protected Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie and Nikita Zadorov. And the goalie, as reported by BSNDenver in April, the Avs have chosen to protect Semyon Varlamov.

So to sum up, the Avs have protected MacKinnon, Duchene, Landeskog, Andrighetto, Nieto, Comeau, Grimaldi, Johnson, Barrie, Zadorov and Varlamov.

The notable names the Avs have left unprotected include forwards Mikhail Grigorenko, Joe Colborne and Carl Soderberg, defenseman Mark Barberio and goaltender Calvin Pickard.

Protection List News

Today at 5 PM EST, all 30 NHL teams were to hand in their protection lists to the NHL. The NHL will make all the protection lists public on Sunday June 18 at 10 AM EST.

Although we’ll find out who the Avalanche will protect tomorrow morning, we do know however which route the Avs will go regarding their protection list. The Avs will go the 7 forwards, 3 defensemen, and 1 goalie route.

This was confirmed when the clock hit 5 PM EST earlier this evening. If the Avs were to go the 8 skaters, 1 goalie route, that would mean the Avs would protect defenseman Mark Barberio. And if the Avs were to protect Barberio (thus going the 8-1 route) the Avs would have to re-sign one of Cody Goloubef, Patrick Wiercioch or Fedor Tyutin as Expansion Draft rules state that each team has to expose 1 d-man who is under contract for next season AND has played in either 40 games this past season OR 70 games combined in the prior two seasons. Barberio is the only d-man who fulfills that requirement and since the Avs didn’t re-sign any of the three names mentioned above, Barberio will have to be left unprotected.

However, the Avs could still hypothetically trade a pick or a prospect to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for not picking Barberio in the Expansion Draft. But that’s very unlikely since the Avs don’t have a ton of assets at their disposal and losing Barberio isn’t going to make or break the Avs. He is, however, a player the Avs don’t want to lose if they had their choice,

It’s already been confirmed by Adrian Dater of BSNDenver that the goalie the Avs will protect is Semyon Varlamov. The 3 d-men the Avs will protect is a no-brainer. They will protect Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie and Nikita Zadorov.

The 7 forwards the Avs will protect is a bit cloudy at the moment. They will protect Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Sven Andrighetto and Matt Nieto. That will leave two more forwards that the Avs can protect. Among the remaining candidates are Mikhail Grigorenko, Blake Comeau, Carl Soderberg, Joe Colborne and Rocco Grimaldi. I don’t have a guess on the direction the Avs will go here but if it was my decision I would protect Mikhail Grigorenko and Blake Comeau.

Tomorrow at 10 AM EST we will find out the Avs‘ protection list (as well as every other team in the NHL).

Wednesday June 21 we will find out who the Avs will lose to Vegas.

At 3 PM EST today began a trade freeze. The trade freeze ends on Thursday morning on June 22. In this time frame, the only trades that the 30 NHL teams can make are with the Vegas Golden Knights.

On Friday June 23, the 1st round of the 2017 Entry Draft begins where the Avs draft 4th overall. Rounds 2-7 are scheduled for Saturday June 24. Busy week.