A few hours after the NHL Trade Deadline had passed, it was announced that the Avalanche ended up getting one deal done on the day. The team sent defenseman Chris Bigras to the New York Rangers and acquired Ryan Graves in the trade.
Graves is a 22-year old Canadian defenseman from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia — he was the Rangers’ 4th round round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft (110th overall). He has yet to have any NHL experience, but the left-handed shooting blue liner has played steadily with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL the past three seasons.
It’s tough to see the Avs give up on the former 2nd round pick, Bigras, but perhaps a change of scenery will do him good. The deal likely wont hurt the Avs depth any, as Graves has actually been a better performer than Bigras at the AHL level to this point of their careers.
Ryan Graves will report to the Avs AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. It’s unlikely we will see him in an Avs uniform this season, but he could make a push as a bottom pairing guy going into next season’s training camp.