Colorado Avalanche: Likely Upcoming Prospect Signings

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Maximilian Pajpach

Position: Goalie

Catches: Left

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 207 pounds

Age: 20

Current Team: Tappara, Swedish Liiga

Draft: 2014, 174th overall (6th round)

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The Colorado Avalanche is a team about goalie depth — that shouldn’t be surprising considering their head coach/VP of player personnel is a Hall of Fame goalie.

The team already has a goal tending trio at the NHL level with Reto Berra and Calvin Pickard vying as Semyon Varlamov’s backup — or for Varlamov’s job, in the case of Pickard. Colorado’s 2013 third-round pick, Spencer Martin, is already in the system on an entry-level contract. However, both Sami Aittokallio and Roman Will have committed to playing in Europe next season.

That means there could be a spot open for Maximilian Pajpach.

He’s an outlier, for sure. He played a lot in the under-developed Slovak league throughout his career. He joined the Swedish junior league for the 2014-15 season but didn’t see any real time with them. In 22 games this last season, he recorded a 3.77 goals against average and .874 save percentage. Yeah, like a said, an outlier.

However, Colorado could sign him to a low-cost, entry-level contract with the understanding that he’d have to work himself out of the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets to even make the AHL San Antonio Rampage.

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