The Colorado Avalanche invited forward Ty Lewis to rookie camp this summer on an amateur try-out deal - and although the undrafted left winger is back in the WHL for his final season, he didn’t head back to the Brandon Wheat Kings empty-handed.
Lewis was able to earn a three-year, entry-level deal with the Avalanche at camp, impressing the brass with his work ethic on the ATO and then with his white-hot start to the year upon returning to Brandon.
Now, his efforts will earn him a spot in the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series, as well.
It was announced on Tuesday that Lewis will join a slew of other high-performing western prospects on Team WHL at the Canada-Russia Series, slotting in with 19 other top names as Colorado’s player to keep an eye on.
Hailing from Brandon, Manitoba, Lewis stands at just 5-foot-11 and 177 lbs and went undrafted after two seasons with his hometown major junior club.
His promising 2016-17 campaign, though, has blossomed into something even more impressive through the early months of this year. He’s already sitting on six goals and 25 points in just 10 games, blowing a point-per-game pace out of the water for the first time in his junior career. He leads the team in scoring by six points, showing the Avalanche that their faith wasn’t for naught.
He’ll be joined at the tournament by teammate Kale Clague, a second round draft selection of the Los Angeles Kings from 2016, along with St. Louis Blues 2016 fourth-round pick Tanner Kasprick.
It was noted by MHH during the preseason that Lewis was a promising late bloomer for the Avalanche to add to their organization. Seeing him slate in as one of the top performing WHL players only further reinforces that notion.