Edit: Apparently my original post has disappeared from the interwebs. Thus, this is a recreation.
Today the Colorado Avalanche announced that they have signed 2012 draft pick Mitchell Heard to an entry-level contract. Heard is 20 years old, making him one of the older players to be drafted into the NHL. Due to this, he will be able to start the season with the Lake Erie Monsters this season, instead of spending more time with his junior team.
Heard (@Heardy15) tweeted “Happiest day of my life, thanks to my family and friends for all the support along the way #onlythebeginning #Avs”. Heard’s agent also tweeted, saying “Congrats to client @Heardy15 for agreeing to terms with the Avs. Passed over in the OHL draft, and went through 2 NHL drafts…#deserving”.
While I don’t think Heard will make the team right out of training camp, I think he has a good shot of making an appearance at some point in the season (although, if the season ends up shortened, I think his chances go down significantly). Heard looks to be a solid player. He is listed as a center, but I would not be surprised to see him spend some time at wing-with his left-handed shot, he could fill the hole at left wing in a couple of years.
It took several hours for the Avalanche to put an official release regarding the signing on their official website.