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Avalanche Acquires Mikhail Maltsev, Second-Round Pick

Maltsev completed rookie season in 2020-21

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Mikhail Maltsev and a second-round selection (No. 61 overall, originally New York Islanders) in the 2021 NHL Draft from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Ryan Graves .

Maltsev, 23, completed his rookie season with the Devils in 2020-21, finishing with nine points (6g/3a) in 33 contests. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 31, 2021 at Buffalo and recorded his first NHL goal and point in his second career appearance on Feb. 16 at the New York Rangers.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound left wing was loaned to the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg to begin the 2020-21 campaign and recorded one point (0g/1a) in four games before eventually joining New Jersey for training camp. He also skated in one game for the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Devils, recording one point (1g/0a).

A fourth-round selection of the Devils (102nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Maltsev has totaled 22 points (12g/10a) in 50 career AHL contests, all with Binghamton.

Prior to playing professionally in North America, Maltsev was part of the St. Petersburg organization in Russia, totaling eight points (1g/7a) in 35 career KHL contests with SKA St. Petersburg. He also collected 39 points (18g/21a) in 50 career games for the club's junior team in the MHL and produced 49 points (14g/35a) in 90 outings with the organization's VHL team in Russia's second-tier professoinal league.

The St. Petersburg, Russia, native represented his country at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and served as an alternate captain while recording two points (0g/2a) in five tournament games.

Acquired by the Avalanche on Feb. 26, 2018, Graves has recorded 46 points (14g/32a) and a +59 rating in 149 career NHL games, all with Colorado. He led the NHL with a +40 plus/minus rating in 2019-20, the first Avalanche player to lead the league in that category since Milan Hejduk and Peter Forsberg (+52) in 2002-03 and the highest plus/minus rating ever by a Colorado defenseman (since 1995-96).

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