According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the Colorado Avalanche have signed WHL prospect currently playing on the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Nick Henry, to a three-year entry-level contract. Henry is a 19-year-old draft fourth-round draft pick in 2017.
The young right winger was the third pick in the draft for the Avalanche, and according to Cap Friendly, needed to be signed by June 1st or else his draft rights would be lost. For reference, none of the other picks in that year’s draft will need to be signed just yet as they were all drafted from other league organizations.
Henry is #1 here:
Contract numbers have yet to be released, but the number should come in below $925,000, the maximum cap hit allowed for entry-level contracts under the CBA. Since Henry is a fourth-round pick, it’s likely he’ll get somewhere in the $700,000-$800,000 range with little to no performance bonuses.
The 5’11”, 194 lbs winger started his season as an alternate captain on the Regina Pats — with whom he had a great Memorial Cup tournament with last spring — before getting moved at the deadline to the Hurricanes for their playoff run. Henry has 24 goals, and 83 points in 62 games across both teams this season and is tied for eighth in WHL scoring.
Henry was ranked #21 in our yearly Top 25 Under 25 prospect rankings. You can read more about him and what he brings here: