The Colorado Avalanche have officially made their first moves in building the team for the 2010-2011 season.
The team announced that they have signed two young defensemen, Joel Chouinard of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leauge and Jonas Holos of the Swedish Elite League.
Both players were drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 draft, and their signings indicate our continued success in the draft recently, especially with defensemen. Chouinard led all QMJHL defensemen in goals this season with 23 and had 68 points in 65 games this season for the Victoriaville Tigres. He was a finalist for the QMJHL’s “Scholastic Player of the Year” award and won the league’s “Personality of the Year” award, whatever that means.
Holos has been playing in a man’s league in the SEL, the league that Forsberg was also playing in for a while this season. He accumulated 14 points in 51 games. Most notably, he represented Norway in this year’s Winter Olympics. He had one assist in his first Olympic appearance, but he logged an average 28:56 of ice time for Norway, more than any other player in the tournament.
Both players will be fighting for a spot during the Avs’ training camp, but they’ll have a lot of competition with the encumbents as well as likely newcomers like Kevin Shattenkirk. My guess is that Holos has a chance to make it, but both will likely start the season in Lake Erie.