While the team prepares for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche front office has begun to take care of some offseason business signing three of their top prospects to entry-level contracts.
Thursday morning, the team announced that they have signed goaltender Trent Miner to an ELC after earlier in the week doing the same with forwards Alex Beaucage and Jean-Luc Foudy.
Beaucage and Miner were selected in the third and seventh rounds respectively during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft while Foudy was the 75th overall selection in the 2020 draft.
Miner, started the 2021 season in the AHL after signing an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) with the Colorado Eagles while awaiting the start of the WHL season. He finished his time with the Eagles with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. The 20-year old netminder returned to the Vancouver Giants for the beginning of the WHL season and finished with a 7-8-0 record and .915 save percentage in 15 games.
With the ELC signed, Miner will likely spend next season as a regular part of the Eagles as he develops towards a future in the NHL.
Similar to Miner, Jean-Luc Foudy spent his season in the AHL on an ATO due to the cancellation of the OHL season. During his time with the Eagles, Foudy showed why the team was ecstatic to have him drop to them in the third round of the draft. Playing as one of the youngest players in the league, Foudy ended the season with 14 points in 34 games, while showing that he has the type of speed to play in the Avalanche system. It was a brief preview of big things to come for Foudy as a professional hockey player.
Unfortunately, due to the NHL/CHL agreement - and the fact that he won’t turn 20 until next year - Foudy will be forced back to junior next season where he will continue his OHL career with the Windsor Spitfires.
Drafted 78th overall a year before Foudy, Alex Beaucage has signed his ELC with the Avalanche after concluding his fourth season in the QMJHL . Beaucage ended his 2021 season with the Victoriaville Tigres after being traded from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies back in January. After scoring 40 goals a year prior, Beaucage ended this season with 17 goals and 28 points in only 22 games.
The right-winger has scored six goals and added 11 assists in 10 post-season games so far. Beaucage and the Tigres will take on the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the QMJHL championship, which begins on Thursday. Turning 20 this summer, he is eligible to return to junior as an over-ager next season, there is a good chance Beaucage spends next season playing professionally with the Eagles.