The Colorado Avalanche signs two university prospects

The Colorado Avalanche has just announced that they have signed Hobey Baker finalist Ben Meyers to a two-year contract, through the 2022-23 season.

From the release:

Meyers, 23, has just finished his junior year at the University of Minnesota, where he served as captain in 2021-22, scoring 41 points (17g / 24a) in 34 games. He led all Gophers skaters in terms of points and goals, both the high marks of his career, and he also accelerated the team in battle-winning scores (5) and overtime goals (2). Meyers was named Big Ten Player of the Year and was named one of three hat-trick finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey. He was also named the Big Ten First All-Star Team and was an NCAA West Second-Team All-American selection.

The native Delano, Minn., Represented the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China and recorded four points (2g / 2a) in four competitions, finishing second on the team in both goals and points.

Meyers has collected 95 points (39g / 56a) in 102 career NCAA competitions with Minnesota. He served as alternate captain in his second season in 2020-21 and was named an Honorable Mention All-Big 10 selection. As a freshman in 2019-20, Meyers was named the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and was a finalist for the conference’s Freshman of the Year award.

Before starting his collegiate career, Meyers played two seasons with the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League from 2017-19. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center served as an alternate captain for Fargo in his second campaign in 2018-19 and paced the club with 65 points and 33 goals. He was a draw in fifth place in the league in points and in third place in goals while embarking on Force in both categories. He produced 110 points (58g / 52a) in 124 career USHL competitions in the regular season, setting an organizational record for most career goals in the regular season. Meyers added eight points (5g / 3a) in 19 overall USHL postseason competitions and helped Fargo win the team’s first USHL Clark Cup as 2018 league champions.

On Tuesday, Avs Minnesota State prospective defender Wyatt Aamodt signed a one-year contract, through 2022-23.

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More about him:

Aamodt, 24, finished his senior season at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he served as team captain and collected 12 points (6g / 6a) in 41 games, helping the Mavericks advance to the national championship game. He was number two among team defenders in goal and was first among all Minnesota State skaters with 56 blocked shots. The 6-foot, 204-pound blueliner established career heights in goals, assists and points in 2021-22. He recorded a hat-trick in a 7-1 win over Ferris State on Jan. 7 and became the first Minnesota State defender in more than 20 years to score three times in a game.

Aamodt ended his four-year college career with 29 points (10g / 19a) in 123 NCAA competitions and helped the Mavericks win the regular season WCHA Championship in three consecutive seasons from 2019-21, the CCHA regular season title in 2022 and the Conference Tournament Championships in 2019 (WCHA) and 2022 (CCHA).

Before college, natives from Hermantown, Minn., Played 115 career competitions in the United States Hockey League with Chicago Steel and Lincoln Stars, a total of 46 points (5g / 41a) from 2016-18.

Aamodt will report to the Colorado Eagles on an amateur trial contract for the remainder of this season.

Here’s what Colby Cohen, an ESPN analyst who covered Frozen Four, told me about Aamodt:

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