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Avalanche load up on goalie prospects, sign three to entry-level deals

May 11, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

Zach Budish, Kieran Millan AP

The Avalanche are all set with Semyon Varlamov, but having enough goaltending in the pipeline is never a bad thing. Good thing for Colorado they’ve drafted a lot of them over the years and now they’re officially bringing three of them into the fold.

Colorado signed collegiate goalies Kieran Millan (Boston University) and Kent Patterson (University of Minnesota) as well as Finland World Junior goalie Sami Aittokallio to entry-level contracts and join the fold within the organization.

Millan helped BU win the 2009 national championships as a freshman and has been a four-year starter for the Terriers. Patterson helped lead the Golden Gophers back to the NCAA tournament this season while playing all but 20:44 on ice this season. Aittokallio led Finland to a fourth place finish at the World Junior Championships this year going 3-2-0 with a goals against average of 2.52 and a .934 save percentage.

Aittokallio was a fourth-round pick in 2010 while Millan was a fifth-round pick in 2009 and Patterson a sixth-round choice back in 2007. Safe to say the Avs weren’t exactly banking on having a young Russian netminder like Varlamov back when they drafted these guys.

  1. ak5040 - May 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Nice. As you said, too many prospects between the pipes is never a bad thing. Would love to see a few years down the road if this Finland kid can be like all these other great Finnish netminders.

  2. polegojim - May 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Good goalie options should be banked and its a good strategy.

    Love V, he’s a franchise goalie… not a Roy, but closest they’ve had since Roy. Now….build a Cup contending team around him.

    ‘Cautious’ is my Avs mantra… We shouldn’t afford their front office any more credit than their results deserve… which is very little… after ‘multiple’ rebuilding years with little overall improvement. Rebuilding seems to be their perpetual state.

    After the initial ‘self proclaimed wisdom’ by their GM, it’s time to ‘put up’ and prove it.

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