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Avalanche Sign Top NCAA Free Agent Ben Meyers

The Colorado Avalanche have signed University of Minnesota leading scorer Ben Meyers to a two-year entry-level contract.
Ben Meyers

The Colorado Avalanche continue to beef up their offense. 

The Avalanche landed the top NCAA free agent on the market on Wednesday, signing forward Ben Meyers to a two-year entry-level contract. 

Despite signing at this time, Meyers will not be eligible to play in the playoffs for the Avalanche this season, and will burn the first year of his ELC if he suits up for any of Colorado's nine remaining games on the schedule. 

It's quite the get for an Avalanche team that looks destined to win the President's Trophy at year's end. 

Meyers is coming off a monster junior season at the University of Minnesota, racking up 17 goals and 41 points in 34 games to lead the program in scoring by a whopping eight points. The 22-year-old was one of the most sought-after undrafted prospects available prior to his signing, with many scouts believing his skill set could allow him to step into the NHL today. 

With the Avalanche almost certain to lose Nazem Kadri to free agency this offseason, Meyers' arrival could even help the team fill their hole at the centre position heading into 2022-23. While not projected to replicate his stellar offensive numbers at the NHL level, Meyers is still seen as a potential bottom-six centre with upside moving forward, with the surrounding talent in Colorado perhaps elevating his ceiling even more than previously advertised. 

There are sure to be more than a few clubs sour over the league's best team signing the top college free agent. But for Meyers, and the Avalanche, the fit is seamless. 

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