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Millan, Patterson to Play for the Denver Cutthroats

The Denver Cutthroats announced this morning that Avalanche goalie prospects Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson have been assigned to the CHL affiliate.

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To the surprise of no one, Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson will be suiting up for the Denver Cutthroats this season. When the Fish still had yet to sign a goalie at the start of training camp this week, it was pretty clear they were banking on their affiliation with the Avalanche to give them help between the pipes. At the conclusion of the Lake Erie Monsters' training camp, the teams made the expected official.

From the press release:

Millan, 23, was selected in the fifth-round of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Cutthroats parent club, the Colorado Avalanche. The Edmonton, Alberta native finished a four-year career at Boston University with an 81-42-12 record in 138 appearances, a 2.57 goals against average, and a .914 save percentage.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Millan was a four-year starter in Boston and led the Terriers to the 2009 National Title in his freshmen season with a 1.94 GAA and a .921 SV% to compliment his 29-2-3 record.

He played his junior hockey from 2006-08 with the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints.

Patterson, 23, was the Avalanche’s fourth-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The St. Louis Park, Minnesota native recently completed a four-your run at the University of Minnesota where he held a 2.46 GAA and a .912 SV% in 88 career games with a 44-29-9 record.

In his senior season for the Golden Gophers, Patterson was named All-WCHA First Team with a 2.32 GAA and 28 wins on the year.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Patterson played two years of junior hockey with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders from 2006-08.

"This is what being a minor-league affiliate is about," said Cutthroats Head Coach Derek Armstrong. "These are two great, young prospects for the Avalanche and they have an opportunity to learn, develop, and improve as hockey players with our team. They make our roster stronger and we’re thrilled to have them."

Armstrong went on to say that he spent some time in Cleveland watching both Millan and Patterson as they participated in the Monsters' training camp. "They’re young and talented and they both have great careers ahead of them."