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Avalanche Final Grade 2012: Brandon Yip

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Brandon Yip

#18 / Winger / Nashville Predators



Apr 25, 1985

2011 Cap Hit: $725,000

2012 Status: UFA

Yip suffered a similar fate to Kevin Porter this year, appearing in just 10 games. Some early season injuries (arm, groin) limited his playing time...but those injuries may have just delayed the inevitable waiver move by the Avs. In his 10 games with Colorado this year, Yip had 12 shots, no points and 4 minor penalties. He did have a little more success in Nashville (7 points, including the requisite goal against Colorado), but not enough to make Avs' fan yearn for his return.

2012 Outlook: Yip was picked up on waivers by the Predators on January 19th. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer (and no, he's not coming back).

DDC's Take: Oh, what a career Brandon Yip was going to have in Colorado. The former 8th-round pick was going to become a prominent player on in Denver, starting as a 4th line tough guy and moving up over the years to a top-line power forward. In the end, Brandon Yip was...Brandon Yip. A decent player with a wicked shot and a little toughness, but maybe not enough motor to get it done on a regular basis. Yes, we might overvalue our prospects slightly. In the end, perhaps we should have used that 8th-round pick on this Pekka Rinne

2011 - Brandon Yip
10 0 0 0 +1 8 0 0 0 12