Colorado Avalanche third round, 72 overall, pick in the 2012 NHL Draft Troy Bourke has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the club. Along with Bourke, the Avs also signed forwards Dennis Everberg, Samuel Henley and Borna Rendulic and goaltender Roman Will to entry-level deals.
Here’s the full press release from Colorado Avalanche management:
Colorado announced that the team has signed forward Troy Bourke to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Bourke was Colorado’s second selection (third round, 72nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. The Edmonton, Alberta native finished second on the Prince George Cougars (WHL) in scoring this past season with 85 points (29g/56a) in 69 games. He led the team in assists and finished second in goals while serving as Prince George’s captain. Bourke joined the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) at the conclusion of the WHL regular season, recording seven points (3g/4a) in 15 games for the Monsters.
Bourke, 20, has spent the last four-plus seasons with Prince George, where he registered 236 points (84g/152a) in 276 WHL games.
In addition to the Bourke signing, the Avalanche also announced the signings of four other players to entry-level deals: forwards Dennis Everberg, Samuel Henley and Borna Rendulic, as well as goaltender Roman Will.
Everberg, 22, spent this past season with Rogle in Sweden (Allsvenskan), where he finished third on the team with 34 points (17g/17a) in 47 games. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound forward is a native of Vasteras, Sweden.
Henley, 20, just wrapped up his 2013-14 season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs, who won the QMJHL championship and competed in the Memorial Cup tournament. The Foreurs’ captain recorded 69 points (30g/39a) in 51 regular season games, before adding 28 points (8g/20a) in 24 playoff contests and two points (1g/1a) in four games at the Memorial Cup. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound center is a native of Val-d’Or, Quebec.
Rendulic, a 22-year-old native of Zagreb, Croatia, spent this past season with HPK in Finland’s top professional league (SM-liiga), where the 6-foot-3, 203-pound right wing had a team-high 32 points (11g/21a) in 57 games.
Will, who recently turned 22, appeared in 20 games for Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic this past season, fashioning a 16-4 record with a 1.84 goals-against average. The Plzen, Czech Republic native played one season for Moncton in the QMJHL (2011-12), where he was named to the QMJHL’s First All-Star Team.
Thoughts: It’ll be interesting to see how Bourke does with the Lake Erie Monsters this upcoming season. He’s a talented forward and could definitely put up numbers in the minors. I assume he’ll get plenty of chances to succeed with the Monsters.
Everberg, Henley, and Rendulic show the Avs commitment to get bigger up front. All three players are 6’3” or taller and over 200 pounds. Of the three, I think Henley has the biggest chance to succeed. He had a strong year in juniors and was the team captain, showing that he’s a leader.
Will put up strong numbers with Mlada Boleslav. I don’t put too much stock in those numbers, but you can only stop the pucks shot at you, and he stopped the majority of them.
All five signings are low-risk moves for the Avs that could pay dividends in the future.