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Another One: Avalanche Sign Minnesota State Center Ondrej Pavel



Ondrej Pavel Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche may not have practiced on Thursday, but the organization sure is staying busy.

This afternoon, the Avalanche announced the signing of 22 year old center Ondrej Pavel to a two-year, entry level contract. That contract doesn’t kick in until next season, but he’ll join the Colorado Eagles on a professional tryout contract for the rest of the season. That’s now three NCAA signings in a little over 24 hours for the organization, as they look to replenish a prospect system that is considered by many to be the worst in the NHL.

The native of Prague, Czech Republic was a Junior at Minnesota State University. Unlike the previous NCAA signings, he was not a captain at the NCAA level. He was, however, a captain in the USHL, so that checks out. He recorded 15 points in 39 games this past season, and in 94 career NCAA games, he had 41 points. At 6’2″, 205 pounds, he’s a little bigger than some of their previous signings.

With Polin, Malinski, and Pavel, the Avalanche have brought in a winger, a defenseman, and a center. Makes you wonder if a goaltender could be next.

With less production, it’s harder to find highlights of him, but here’s a few of them, including one really nice one-handed backhand goal. We’ll keep an eye on all of these guys as they progress with the Colorado Eagles.

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