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Colorado Avalanche sign NCAA Free Agent Dominic Toninato

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The Best Defensive forward in the NCAA comes to the Avs

2012 NHL Entry Draft - Rounds 2-7
Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke talks with Dominic Toninato, 126th overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Dominic Toninato, a product of the USHL and NCAA, has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. The 6’2” 194lbs centerman was the captain of the University of Minnesota-Duluth in his final year, putting up 29 points in 42 games. He was named the best defensive forward in the NCHC last year as well as to the All-Tournament team.

Dominic Toninato

Year Team League Games Goals Assists Points PIM plus/minus
Year Team League Games Goals Assists Points PIM plus/minus
2013-14 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 35 7 8 15 51 1
2014-15 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 34 16 10 26 58 12
2015-16 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 40 15 6 21 36 5
2016-17 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 42 16 13 29 30 25

Toninato became an unrestricted free agent on Agusut 15th after the Toronto Maple Leafs, who drafted him in the 5th round (126th overall) in 2012 did not sign him.

Scott Wheeler, who covers the Maple Leafs and their prospects, had this to say about Toninato: