23-Year-Old Center – Colorado Avalanche
Joey Hishon Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with the Avs in July of 2014.
Hishon was assigned to AHL Lake Erie on Wednesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 19-year-old Hishon, selected 17th overall in last year's NHL draft, finished with 37 goals and 87 points in 50 games for OHL Owen Sound last season, despite missing 17 games due to injury. Hishon was signed to a three-year entry level contract by the Avs in March and is expected to challenge for a roster spot in training camp in September. However, in all likelihood, he will wind up opening the season in AHL Lake Erie. Hishon projects as a top-six forward someday, but is still a season or two away from making the jump to the NHL.
The Avalanche surprised the hockey world by taking Hishon in the first round of the 2010 draft - 17th overall - well above his NHL Central Scouting Service ranking of 55th. Despite this massive vote of confidence by the organization, Hishon is not expected to play in Denver this coming season. He still has another year of junior eligibility left with Owen Sound of the OHL, and probably needs to get considerably stronger to be considered NHL-ready.