Andrew Agozzino joined the Avs org 4 years ago on an AHL contract after a successful OHL career and played himself into an NHL entry-level deal. A year after that he made his NHL debut and recorded an assist in his only game. Three seasons of not missing a game due to injury caught up to him this year with an early shoulder injury and a broken ankle mid-season. After Mikko Rantanen was sent back to SA to preserve his ELC slide, Agozzino was called up to finish the Avs 2016 campaign as the 4th line center, a position he hadn't played much in the past couple of years.
In his 9 games with Colorado he averaged a steady 8 even-strength minutes per game, was stout on the faceoff dot (53.3%) for someone that only re-started playing center a few weeks before the callup, forechecked better than most and put up a couple of assists. Looking back, it would have been nice to have him on the roster more through the season. It's too bad injuries prevented that, I think he would have been a better option than Ben Street & Chris Wagner and could have stuck with the team long-term.
Good news, folks! We have our first gentleman's "C" as selected by our loyal readers. I'd say that's a little low but not far off.
Survey Grade: 70.0%
Aggz is a Group VI Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1st so it's unclear whether he will be back with the org next Fall. I can't imagine there's huge demand for his services but he might find a club with bigger plans for him. San Antonio would miss his scoring and he's proven to be a capable callup for the Avs. For me it's an easy decision, sign him.