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2014 Prospect Signing Tracker (updated)

Updated:  Carey, Elliott, Stollery

CHL (June 1, 2014)*

Joseph Blandisi, Barrie (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

Troy Bourke, Prince George (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/29/2014.

Michael Clarke, Peterborough (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

NCAA (August 15, 2014)*

Nate Condon, Minnnesota (Big Ten)

Luke Moffatt, Michigan (Big Ten)

Gus Young, Yale (ECAC)

*Avs lose rights if players not signed by specified deadline date.

Other Signings/ Transactions

Cody Corbett, Edmonton (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/04/2014.

Dennis Everberg, Rögle (SWE) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/16/2014.

Samuel Henley, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/28/2014

Roman Will, BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech2) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/15/2014.

Borna Rendulic, HPK (Liiga) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/19/2014.

Bruno Gervais, Philadelphia (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Ben Street, Calgary (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Maxim Noreau, Ambri-Piotta (NLA) -- signed a two-year (one-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/07/2014.

Expiring NHL Contracts (In the System (two-way contracts)/ Players Coming off ELC)

Tyson Barrie (RFA)

Paul Carey (RFA) - signed a one-year (qualifying offer), two-way, contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/15/2014. 

Guillaume Desbiens (UFA)

Stefan Elliott (RFA) - signed a one-year (qualifying offer), two-way, contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/15/2014.

Joey Hishon (RFA)

Matt Hunwick (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with New York (Rangers - NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Bryan Lerg (UFA) -- signed a one-year contact with San Jose (NHL) on 07/10/2014.

Brad Malone (UFA) -- signed a two-year contract with Carolina (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Kieran Millan (UFA)

Mark Olver (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Sochi (KHL) on 05/26/2014.

Kent Patterson (UFA)

Karl Stollery (RFA) - signed a one-year (qualifying offer), two-way, contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/15/2014.

David Van der Gulik (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

J.T. Wyman (UFA)

2014 Prospect Signing Tracker (updated)

Updated:  Bryan Lerg

CHL (June 1, 2014)*

Joseph Blandisi, Barrie (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

Troy Bourke, Prince George (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/29/2014.

Michael Clarke, Peterborough (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

NCAA (August 15, 2014)*

Nate Condon, Minnnesota (Big Ten)

Luke Moffatt, Michigan (Big Ten)

Gus Young, Yale (ECAC)

*Avs lose rights if players not signed by specified deadline date.

Other Signings/ Transactions

Cody Corbett, Edmonton (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/04/2014.

Dennis Everberg, Rögle (SWE) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/16/2014.

Samuel Henley, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/28/2014

Roman Will, BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech2) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/15/2014.

Borna Rendulic, HPK (Liiga) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/19/2014.

Bruno Gervais, Philadelphia (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Ben Street, Calgary (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Maxim Noreau, Ambri-Piotta (NLA) -- signed a two-year (one-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/07/2014.

Expiring NHL Contracts (In the System (two-way contracts)/ Players Coming off ELC)

Tyson Barrie (RFA)

Paul Carey (RFA) 

Guillaume Desbiens (UFA)

Stefan Elliott (RFA)

Joey Hishon (RFA)

Matt Hunwick (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with New York (Rangers - NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Bryan Lerg (UFA) -- signed a one-year contact with San Jose (NHL) on 07/10/2014.

Brad Malone (UFA) -- signed a two-year contract with Carolina (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Kieran Millan (UFA)

Mark Olver (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Sochi (KHL) on 05/26/2014.

Kent Patterson (UFA)

Karl Stollery (RFA)

David Van der Gulik (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

J.T. Wyman (UFA)

Avs Release Development Camp Roster

The Avs announced the prospects that would be participating in their development camp this week. The camp, which will feature mostly off-ice activities, includes all seven selections for Colorado from the recent 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Roster:

Chris Bigras, D, Owen Sound (OHL) - drafted 32nd overall in 2013

Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL) - drafted 23rd overall in 2014

Troy Bourke, C/LW, Prince George (WHL) - drafted 72nd overall in 2012

Will Butcher, D, Denver (NCHC) - drafted 123rd overall in 2013

Cody Corbett, D, Edmonton (WHL) - free agent

Dennis Everberg, C/LW, Rogle (Allsvenskan) - free agent

Mason Geertsen, D, Vancouver (WHL) - drafted 93rd overall in 2013

Samuel Henley, LW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) - free agent

Max Iafrate, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) - invitee

Anton Lindholm, D, Skelleftea J20 (SuperElit) - drafted 144th overall in 2014

Nick Magyar, C/RW, Kitchener (OHL) - drafted 93rd overall in 2014

Spencer Martin, G, Mississauga (OHL) - drafted 63rd overall in 2013

Julien Nantel, LW, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) - drafted 204th overall in 2014

Maximilian Pajpach, G, Slovakia - drafted 174th overall in 2014

Alexis Pepin, LW, Gatineau (QMJHL) - drafted 114th overall in 2014

Reid Petryk, C, Edmonton (WHL) - invitee

Matt Pufahl, D, Everett (WHL) - invitee

Borna Rendulic, RW, HPK (Liiga) - free agent

Michael Schumacher, LW, Lake Erie (AHL) - invitee

Landon Smith, F, Salmon Arm (BCHL) - invitee

Ben Storm, D, St. Cloud State (NCHC) - drafted 153rd overall in 2013

Wilhelm Westlund, D, Farjestad J20 (SuperElit) - drafted 183rd overall in 2013

Roman Will, G, BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech2) - free agent

Kyle Wood, D, North Bay (OHL) - drafted 84th overall in 2014

Missing from this roster are graduating prospects Nate Condon, Gus Young, and Luke Moffatt. Collegiate prospects can attend these development camps on their own dime. With the Condon, Young, and Moffatt trio missing, the likely-hood of securing a NHL contract from the Avalanche has lessened. The rights for the three collegiate players are still held by the Avalanche until August 15th.

With the addition of Maxim Noreau, the Avs will stand at 48 contracts once O'Reilly and their remaining restricted free agents are signed. The team limit is 50. Chris Bigras will most likely return to the OHL next season, allowing the contact he signed last year to slide for another year.

It's possible that any of the graduating NCAA players could remain with the organization under minor league contracts; should they not garner interest from other NHL clubs or European teams.

Regarding the development camp, the players are expected to speak to the media on Tuesday.

Source: Denver Post


2014 Prospect Signing Tracker (updated)

Added:  Maxim Noreau

CHL (June 1, 2014)*

Joseph Blandisi, Barrie (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

Troy Bourke, Prince George (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/29/2014.

Michael Clarke, Peterborough (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

NCAA (August 15, 2014)*

Nate Condon, Minnnesota (Big Ten)

Luke Moffatt, Michigan (Big Ten)

Gus Young, Yale (ECAC)

*Avs lose rights if players not signed by specified deadline date.

Other Signings/ Transactions

Cody Corbett, Edmonton (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/04/2014.

Dennis Everberg, Rögle (SWE) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/16/2014.

Samuel Henley, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/28/2014

Roman Will, BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech2) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/15/2014.

Borna Rendulic, HPK (Liiga) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/19/2014.

Bruno Gervais, Philadelphia (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Ben Street, Calgary (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Maxim Noreau, Ambri-Piotta (NLA) -- signed a two-year (one-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/07/2014.

Expiring NHL Contracts (In the System (two-way contracts)/ Players Coming off ELC)

Tyson Barrie (RFA)

Paul Carey (RFA) 

Guillaume Desbiens (UFA)

Stefan Elliott (RFA)

Joey Hishon (RFA)

Matt Hunwick (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with New York (Rangers - NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Bryan Lerg (UFA)

Brad Malone (UFA) -- signed a two-year contract with Carolina (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Kieran Millan (UFA)

Mark Olver (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Sochi (KHL) on 05/26/2014.

Kent Patterson (UFA)

Karl Stollery (RFA)

David Van der Gulik (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

J.T. Wyman (UFA)

2014 Prospect Signing Tracker (updated)

Updated:  Malone, Van der Gulik, Gervais, Street

Olver, Millan, and Patterson were not qualified and are now UFAs. Olver will be playing in the KHL for the 2014-15 season.

CHL (June 1, 2014)*

Joseph Blandisi, Barrie (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

Troy Bourke, Prince George (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/29/2014.

Michael Clarke, Peterborough (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

NCAA (August 15, 2014)*

Nate Condon, Minnnesota (Big Ten)

Luke Moffatt, Michigan (Big Ten)

Gus Young, Yale (ECAC)

*Avs lose rights if players not signed by specified deadline date.

Other Signings/ Transactions

Cody Corbett, Edmonton (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/04/2014.

Dennis Everberg, Rögle (SWE) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/16/2014.

Samuel Henley, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/28/2014

Roman Will, BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech2) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/15/2014.

Borna Rendulic, HPK (Liiga) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/19/2014.

Bruno Gervais, Philadelphia (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Ben Street, Calgary (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Expiring NHL Contracts (In the System (two-way contracts)/ Players Coming off ELC)

Tyson Barrie (RFA)

Paul Carey (RFA) 

Guillaume Desbiens (UFA)

Stefan Elliott (RFA)

Joey Hishon (RFA)

Matt Hunwick (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with New York (Rangers - NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Bryan Lerg (UFA)

Brad Malone (UFA) -- signed a two-year contract with Carolina (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Kieran Millan (UFA)

Mark Olver (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Sochi (KHL) on 05/26/2014.

Kent Patterson (UFA)

Karl Stollery (RFA)

David Van der Gulik (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

J.T. Wyman (UFA)

Avs Select Conner Bleackley 23rd Overall

Prior to the draft, the Avs hinted that they would like to use their top selection on a forward or defenseman with a right-handed shot. Enter Red Deer Rebels (WHL) forward Conner Bleackley. Bleackley, 17, led his club in scoring this past season with 29 goals and 39 assists in 71 games. Unfortunately, his Rebels missed the playoffs.

"One thing that attracted us to Conner is his hockey sense and strength on the puck," said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Rick Pracey. "We like his versatility, as we have seen him play all three forward positions. Being a right-handed shot, he potentially addresses a need on the right side on our organizational depth chart. We think he is a responsible two-way player, and his leadership qualities were a positive factor. It is very rare to see a 17-year-old captain of a major junior team. Other key quality traits we liked were his competitiveness and instincts." - ColoradoAvalanche.com

Avs 2014 NHL Entry Draft Quick Preview

As the Avalanche head into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia this evening, a different mood surrounds the club from a year ago. The team is coming off a surprising season in which it captured the Central Division title and the spotlight of their draft position is dulled going from the 1st overall selection to pick number 23.

In fact, heading into the draft, bigger questions regarding two free agent forwards have occupied the focus of fans and media alike. Rightfully so; as the player selected by Colorado tonight will unlikely be suiting up in an Avs uniform in October. Not unlike most teams, the Avalanche will look to add a "highly skilled character" player to their prospect ranks (a phrase that will no doubt be heard dozens of times this weekend).

Still, the draft is always an exciting time, especially for the players selected, and this weekend's event will be no different. Plus the trades! Outside of the NHL Trade Deadline, the NHL Entry Draft typically features a plethora of deals (some of the mind numbing variety).

With that in mind, the Avs enter this weekend's draft with seven picks in hand. Besides their first round selection, Colorado has picks in the third, fourth (2), fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. The Avs second round pick belongs to the Calgary Flames, which they exchanged for goaltender Reto Berra at the trade deadline this past spring. The additional fourth round selection comes courtesy of a deal in April of 2013, when the Avs shipped defenseman Ryan O'Byrne to the Toronto Maple Leafs

TSN.ca's most recent mock draft has the Avs taking Swedish forward Adrian Kempe.

Excellent skater with speed and quickness and he uses it to get to openings and back off defenders. Excellent sense for the game and what is necessary and with his multitude of talents, he can deliver. A team player through and through. -- Craig Button, TSN Director of Scouting 

First round coverage of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be available on Friday, starting at 5:00 PM MST, on TSN (Canada) and the NBC Sports Network (US). Coverage for rounds 2-7 kicks off at 8:00 AM MST on Saturday on the NHL Network (Canada/ US).

Draft Picks for Colorado:

Round 1 - 23rd overall

Round 3 - 84th overall

Round 4 - 93rd overall

Round 4 - 114th overall

Round 5 - 144th overall

Round 6 - 174th overall

Round 7 - 204th overall