Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Joey Hishon (38) is congratulated by left wing Jamie McGinn (11) after scoring against the Minnesota Wild in the first period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Hishon given qualifying offer by Colorado Avalanche

Joey Hishon has had a tough professional career, battling a number of injuries before finally making his NHL debut in the playoffs last year. But things appear to be changing for the Avs #17 overall pick in 2010. The Avs gave Hishon a qualifying offer of $900,000, meaning they will negotiate a new contract with the 22-year old in the near future.

It’s unlikely that Hishon will earn more than the $900,000 qualifying offer and it’s possible that he could still be on a two-way contract, but the fact that the Avs gave him a qualifying offer shows that they are committed to keep him on the team.

Hishon has yet to play in an NHL regular season game, but he did make an appearance in the Avs first round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild. Hishon played in three games and picked up an assist in game seven on a goal by Jamie McGinn.

Thoughts: Joey Hishon showed a lot of talent in those three playoff games and I’m really interested in how he progresses moving forward. Obviously playing your first ever NHL games in the playoffs isn’t an ideal situation, but he handled things well. The Avs forward situation is a bit up in the air right now with the Ryan O’Reilly contract situation, Paul Stastny possibly leaving for free agency, and P.A. Parenteau reportedly on the trading block so Hishon might get a chance to make the big club coming out of training camp next season. Under the right circumstances (no playoff pressure, proper ice time, compatible linemates) Hishon could thrive in the NHL. Above all, he just needs to continue to stay healthy.

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