The Colorado Avalanche inked a trio of AHL regulars that will help bolster their AHL roster for the 2013-14 season.
The Avs added Guillaume Desbiens and JT Wyman — both of whom will provide a bit of offensive spark — along with defenceman Nick Holden, who will help round out the Lake Erie Monsters D corps.
Desbiens, the most veteran of the of the three, was originally drafted in 2003 by the Atlanta Thrashers organization, but hasn’t been able to find an NHL fit. As such, the bulky winger has spent most of his career around the AHL, most recently with the Chicago Wolves. Prior to his 52 games with the Wolves last season, where the 28-year-old has 8 points and 118 PIM, Desbiens spent time in the ‘A’ with Abbotsford and the Manitoba Moose.
While Desbiens offensive production has fallen off at a steady rate since his 2008-09 season in which he has 47 points (21-26) for the Moose, he still brings size to an AHL bottom-six and can slot in higher than that and still give a team some much needed punch on their top lines.
Wyman, 27, is only coming into his sixth pro season, but is a steady presence on a second or third line. After an extended stint with the NHL’s Lightning in 2011-12 — Wyman saw action in 40 games, adding 9 points (2-9) — Wyman has failed to get back to the bigs for anything more than a single game.
Last season, as a member of the Syracuse Crunch, Wyman set a career high with 38 points (13-25) while suiting up in 76 contests. Wyman has potential to make the jump to the bigs for a handful of games, especially in a Colorado organization that isn’t exactly the picture of depth.
While being the only blueliner of the three, Holden could be the most offensively impactful of all three. Coming from the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, the undrafted Holden has been a force from the back end. In 73 games last season, the 26-year-old had 39 points (9-30), and added another three assists in eight playoff games.
Producing a point almost every other game from the blue line, Holden will be a good third or fourth option for the Monsters, and likely see a lot of minutes on the teams powerplay.