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Avalanche Sign Joey Hishon

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  Joey Hishon, drafted 17th overall by the Colorado Avalanche, poses on stage during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Joey Hishon, drafted 17th overall by the Colorado Avalanche, poses on stage during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Avalanche today announced the signing of Joey Hishon to an entry level contract. Terms were not announced. However, Hishon was taken with the 17 overall pick in the 2010 draft and the 17th pick in the 2009 draft, David Rundblad, has cap hit of $1.5 million on the 3-year deal he signed last June. Hishon's deal should be in that neighborhood.

Hishon, a somewhat controversial pick for the Avs last summer, has 83 points in 48 games with Owen Sound of the OHL this year. He's currently 16th in the league in scoring, despite missing 17 games. Hishon's team has 3 regular season games left on the season and will be in the playoffs having clinched first place in the conference. Apparently, he will be staying with the Attack until the end of their season.

Hishon is a 19-year old from Stratford, Ontario - a couple hours west of Toronto. Hishon (pronounced HISH-in, by the way) is listed at 5'10", 175 lbs. He wears #18 for Owen Sound. He turns 20 on October 20th, making him eligible to play in the AHL (junior players must be 20 by December 31st to be able to play in the AHL that year). Hockey's Future describes him as a "very skilled center", albeit one lacking in size. In other words, a prototypical Avalanche forward prospect. Okay, he's also pretty much our only forward prospect, but that's not important right now.