The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed five players to entry-level contracts. The team has signed forwards Garrett Meurs and Trevor Cheek and defenseman Gabriel Beaupre to three-year deals, while forward Andrew Agozzino and defenseman Markus Lauridsen were signed to two-year contracts.
Meurs scored 32 goals and added 33 assists in 68 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers this past season. His 65 points was the second most on the team and was the most of any player that spent the entire season with Plymouth. The 20-year-old center also paced the club with 13 power-play goals. A native of Wingham, Ontario, he has increased his point total in each of his four seasons with Plymouth, going from 34 points in 2009-10 to 41 in 2010-11 to 53 last season and 65 this year. Colorado’s fourth pick (fifth round, 123rd overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft, Meurs had 14 points (7g/7a) in 15 OHL playoff games
Agozzino, 22, led Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate in scoring in 2012-13 with 52 points (20g/32a) in 76 games with the Lake Erie Monsters. He also paced the club in assists and plus/minus rating (+16). Agozzino is in his first professional season after signing an AHL contract with the Avalanche prior to the 2012-13 campaign. The Kleinburg, Ontario native spent the last five years with the Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL).
Beaupre split his first professional season between Lake Erie and the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League. He began the year in Denver, tallying eight points (3g/5a) in 28 games for the Cutthroats. Recalled by Lake Erie on Dec. 26, the 20-year-old picked up five points (1g/4a) in 43 games with the Monsters. The Levis, Quebec native was Colorado’s fifth selection (sixth round, 153rd overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft.
Lauridsen, 22, also split his first pro season between Lake Erie and Denver. The Gentofte, Denmark native appeared in 30 games with the Cutthroats, recording 15 points (6g/9a). He skated in 36 games with the Monsters, where he tallied 12 assists. The defenseman signed an AHL contract with Colorado prior to this past season.
The club also agreed to terms with free agent forward Trevor Cheek. Cheek, 20, split the 2012-13 campaign between the Vancouver Giants and Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, where he combined for 32 goals and 60 points (32g/28a) in 71 games. The Vancouver, Wash., native had 16 points (8g/8a) in 15 WHL playoff games and helped the Oil Kings to the WHL Championship series against Portland.