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Graves re-ups with Colorado Avalanche

Ryan Graves made his NHL debut on Dec. 27 with the Colorado Avalanche. On the ice during the warmup. PHOTO COURTESY EMILY WADE/Colorado Avalanche Social Media
Ryan Graves made his NHL debut on Dec. 27 with the Colorado Avalanche. On the ice during the warmup. PHOTO COURTESY EMILY WADE/Colorado Avalanche Social Media - Contributed
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Former Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Ryan Graves re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

The 24-year-old Yarmouth, N.S., native, who is back on the Island for the summer, had three goals and two assists in his 26-game rookie season with the NHL club in 2018-19. The six-foot-five, 226-pound blue-liner also had two goals and seven assists for nine points in 32 games with the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles.

Cap Friendly says the one-year contract is worth US$735,000.

Drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Graves was traded to the Avalanche for Chris Bigras in 2018.

Graves was a first-round pick of the P.E.I. Rocket at the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft. He played 2 ½ seasons in Charlottetown before being dealt by the rebranded Islanders to Val-d’Or, Que., in 2014. He helped the Foreurs win the President Cup that season and went to the Memorial Cup. He finished his junior career the following season with the Memorial Cup-hosting Quebec Remparts.

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