The Colorado Avalanche have signed draft pick Nick Henry to a three-year entry-level contract according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Henry is currently playing with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, and will see his entry-level deal kick in for the 2019-20 season.
Henry, 19, is having an excellent season in what is probably his final year of junior hockey. The forward had 40 points for the Regina Pats before being traded to Lethbridge, where he has another 43 in 37 games. That 83-point total is a huge bounce-back from what was an extremely disappointing 2017-18 season and now obviously has him on track to join the Avalanche organization next year. He received his first taste last fall with a stint at training camp, but will likely join the Colorado Eagles in a few months time.
If Henry can make an impact down the line it looks to be quite the 2017 draft class for the Avalanche. Conor Timmins, their second-round pick from that year, is close to finally making his return from injury and fourth-overall pick Cale Makar is having an outstanding year at the collegiate level. Henry’s Hurricanes are headed to the WHL playoffs, where he’ll try to lead them to a Memorial Cup berth.