Here is an update on the comings and goings of the Avalanche. Over the past week, the Avalanche ink three players destined for the AHL Colorado Eagles team and a new head coach was also announced for the new Affiliate team.
First up is Mason Geertson he spent most of last season with the then AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage, the 6 foot 4 Defencemen played for the Fort Wayne comets in the 2015-16 season and before that he played four years for the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League.
Also back for another year is 6 foot 5 Defencemen Ryan Graves. After he signed last February, he played the rest of the season also with the Rampage. He was a fourth round Draft pick by the New York Rangers in 2013. Graves has a total of 68 points in 228 AHL games.
He played four seasons in the QMJHL. During that time he helped his team to the president’s cup and he is also a QMGHL playoff champion and as a member of the Quebec Remparts and ranked second among defencemen.
Finally we have returning for his fourth season Spencer Martin. The 23 year old netminder has played the last three seasons with the San Antonio Rampage – last season he played 34 games for a GGA of 3.10.
All three players will start the year off with the AHL Colorado Eagles.
The Avalanche also announced last week that Greg Cronin will take charge of the Colorado Eagles for the coming season and last season’s coaching team of Aaron Schneekloth and Ryan Toblerwill also stay on as his assistants.
Cronin will bring thirty years of coaching experience to the Eagles having spent the last four years as part of the New York Islanders coaching staff as well as being an assistant coach at the Maple leafs and he has been head coach of the AHL Bridgeport Sound tigers.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic had this to say
“We feel Greg is the perfect fit to lead the Eagles as they begin their first season in the American Hockey League, He has an extensive coaching background, including time as a head coach in the AHL. Greg not only has experience coaching players at the NHL and AHL levels, but also developing players at the college level and with the U.S. National Team Development Program.”