Final Grade: INC
Midseason Grade: N/A
Vitals: 6'1 / 235 / 26 / Shoots Left
Drafted by St Louis, 1st round (30th) of 2003 Draft
Joined Avalanche: February 28th, acquired from Edmonton for D Kevin Montgomery
- O'Byrne 2gp 0g 0a 0p Even
- Macias 1gp 0g 0a 0p Even
- Belle 1gp 0g 0a 0p +1
Avs with Belle in the lineup: 1-3-0 (.250 pt%) 2.25gf 3.5ga
- TTOI 18:02 (11th)
- ES 15:58 (6th)
- PK 1:53 (9th)
- PP 0:10 (11th)
Career Highlights: Belle is one of just 2 1st rounders from his draft year with less than 100 NHL games.
Report: Yes! Finally I get to take a swing at one of these bad boys. Who better to start with than my favorite AHL-caliber d-man who played for my favorite AHL team? Throw whatever stats you have about Shawn Belle out the window. He was an Aero. He is an Av. Everything else about his season is completely immaterial. His time in an Avalanche uniform was solely to make me happy and it was mission accomplished. He played 4 whole games with the Avalanche this season, producing zero points but managing to net himself a shiny +2 somehow. Kudos to him. Hopefully we're never bad enough again to warrant someone like Shawn Belle playing any games for us in the future but I'm excited to have experienced such a cool crossover once in my life. Wasn't that such a cool story, bro?
Fun Fact: Belle was once traded to Dallas for Avalanche farmhand Jason Bacashihua and was later traded to Minnesota along with former Avalanche Martin Skoula.
The Shawn Belle Drinking Game: Drink every time AJ tells us how excited he is to have Shawn Belle in the lineup Drunk potential: Fair
2010 Cap Hit: $600,000
2011 Status: UFA
Outlook for Next Season: Belle appears to be a year-to-year AHL player at this point in his career. While he could end up in Lake Erie, with guys like Elliott, Holos, Barrie, Chouinard, and Gaunce already under contract, he's more likely to end up on a team more in need of his veteran services.
Next Up: Erik Johnson