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Avalanche Signs Beaudin And Meloche

Colorado's 2015 draft picks ink entry-level contracts

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The Colorado Avalanche signed forward J.C. Beaudin and defenseman Nicolas Meloche on Monday night each to three-year, entry-level contracts through the 2019-20 season.

Beaudin, 19, was drafted by the Avalanche in the third round (No. 71 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The center is in his third full season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and has recorded 74 points (28 goals and 46 assists) in 59 contests this season.

During the 2015-16 campaign, Beaudin was second on Rouyn-Noranda in scoring with 82 points (33 goals and 49 assists) in 58 contests. The Longueuil, Quebec, native added 19 points (seven goals and 12 assists) in 17 QMJHL playoff games as the Huskies went on to win the league championship and earn a berth in the Memorial Cup, where they would eventually lose in the title game to the London Knights.

Meloche was Colorado's third selection, No. 40 overall in the second round of the 2015 draft. He has split his third season in the QMJHL between the Charlottetown Islanders and the Gatineau Olympiques after being traded on Dec. 24, 2016. The 19-year-old leads all Charlottetown blueliners in scoring with 42 points (14 goals and 28 assists) in 55 games.

The LaSalle, Quebec, native spent his first two and a half years in the QMJHL with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar before joining Gatineau during the 2015-16 season. The blueliner has recorded 134 points (43 goals and 91 assists) and 301 penalty minutes in 206 career contests in the Quebec league.

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