The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Ryan Graves from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Chris Bigras.
Graves, 22, is in his third season with the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he has 11 points (4g, 7a) in 57 games while serving as an alternate captain. He has totaled 62 points (21g, 41a) in 207 career AHL contests, all with Hartford. The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native registered 30 points (8g, 22a) in 76 games with the Wolf Pack in 2016-17, tied for first among the team's blueliners in goals, assists and points.
A fourth-round pick (110th overall) of the Rangers in the 2013 NHL Draft, Graves played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Prince Edward Island Rocket (2011-13), Charlottetown Islanders (2013-14), Val-d'Or Foreurs (2013-14) and Quebec Remparts (2014-15), accumulating 86 points (25g, 61a) in 245 QMJHL games. The 6-foot-5, 226-pound blueliner helped Val-d'Or to the President's Cup as QMJHL playoff champions and a Memorial Cup berth in 2013-14. He returned to the Memorial Cup the following season as a member of the Remparts, ranking second among team defensemen with five points (2g, 3a) in the tournament to earn all-star honors.
Graves will report to the San Antonio Rampage.