AJ Greer

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of Mile High Sports

Fantasy Summary

Power-forward who can score but needs to take the next step to stay relevant


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 14, 1996
Height 6‘3”
Weight 205 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 2; Overall: 39

Observations

September 2018 – After a quiet camp and pre-season, Greer has been cut and assigned to the AHL. He is stagnating and being passed on the depth chart quickly, at this point its hard to envision Greer as more than a 4th-liner with minimal offensive upside. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2018 – Greer got a few shots in 2017-18 but still needs to take the next step. He had ok AHL production considering he yo-yo-ed to and from the NHL a few times, but wasn’t necessarily better than he was as a rookie. In 17 NHL games, he managed only 3 points (all assists). To be fair, his ice time was abysmal in those games, but in 17 skates it was fair to expect more quantifiable value than just looking good once in a while. With the pipeline filled more than ever before, next training camp will be a very important one for Greer’s NHL-potential to stay alive. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2017 – As the Avs become healthier once again, Greer has been sent down to the AHL. In six NHL games he put up only one point and six shots but 18 PIM. His edge has transferred to the NHL but his talent is taking a little more time, which is perfectly normal but frustrating for fantasy owners. He was in a decent linemate situation (usually Kerfoot and Yakupov), but saw on average only 8:10 TOI per night, so his lack of scoring isn’t surprising. The points will come once he’s used properly. Hayden Soboleski October 2017 – Greer returned from injury just in time, after two assists in two AHL games he has been called up to the Avs following a series of middle-six injuries. Expect him to see third-line minutes on the wing, which will give him notable fantasy value (especially in multi-cat formats) playing alongside Landeskog. ​He may alo see 2nd-unit powerplay time but that remains to be seen. Hayden Soboleski September 2017 – After showing very well in training camp and preseason, Greer has suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely. This is terrible news, but hopefully short-lived. The Avs are deeper on the wings than last season so even if he returns soon its looking like another AHL year before Greer graduates to NHL power-forward status. Hayden Soboleski April 2017 – After a fantastic season on and off the ice, Greer has won the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Award as Man of the Year. This award is given to the player with outstanding contributions to local community and charity, and shows why Greer is exactly the type of player the Avs want to have a big role in their rebuild. They can’t wait to see this guy in the NHL, and hope he earns a spot out of camp next season. Hayden Soboleski January 2017 – Greer has been named to the AHL All Star game. His 24 points in 30 games may not explode off the scoresheet, but he’s been a terrific force on a lowly San Antonio Team and is proving to a gem of a prospect. He will certainly earn more call-up opportunities by the end of the season and will likely be deplyed in the top-six when he is. Keep an eye out for this first year pro. Hayden Soboleski November 2016 – Greer scored his first NHL point (an assist) in his second NHL game. He still projects to only remain in the NHL this year as an injury replacement, but he has looked good in the top-six alongside MacKinnon. He isn’t being credited with hits on the scoresheet but he is playing aggresively; management should be excited about his ability to play a similar game in the big league as he does successfully in the AHL. Hayden Soboleski November 2016 – After an incredible start to his rookie AHL season, Greer has been called up to the NHL for the short term as an injury replacement. He may not play, depending on the status of the injured Matt Duchene, but seeing him rewarded for his outstanding ability to forecheck, drive play, get under opponents’ skin, and of course score (14 points in 13 games so far) is a very good sign for his standing in the organization. Hayden Soboleski October 2016 – Greer will play the upcoming 2016-17 season in the AHL. He was very impressive in training camp and pre-season games, where his ability to apply a hard forecheck, score timely goals, and get under the skin of opponents will make him both a fan favorite and a valued team-member. If he is able to continue playing this strongly all season, he will puch for a roster spot next year, as the Avs will be very eager for this injection of energy. He will likely end up as a third-line player, but will have extra value in multi-category pools, and is worthy of being drafted in deep dynasty pools. Hayden Soboleski May 2016 – There was an adjustment ptransferingeer when first transferring from the NCAA to the QMJHL, but he eventually settled in with a very respectable 27 points and 57 PIM in 33 games. Come playoffs, the power forward really found his game and became one of the champions’ top players and a goal-scoring force. As the only true power-forward in the Avalanche system, management will surely be keeping an eye on Greer, and he will have a clear-cut role to fill with little internal competition when he makes the jump to the pros. Expect a push out of training camp, but the likeliest outcome is another year in junior and at least one in the AHL to prepare himself for the much tougher job of a power-forward in the pros. Hayden Soboleski December 2015 – Greer is leaving Boston of the NCAA to play for the Huskies of the QMJHL, alongside several fellow Avalanche prospects. He had five points in 18 games for Boston, and hopes to translate his power-forward game to the very competitive Huskies team. Hayden Soboleski June 2015 – Avs take Greer 39th overall. Boasts a little bit of everything, and although likely earmarked for several years of development, he has the potential to make big strides and move up quickly through the depth chart (in a perfect world). Dobber June 2015 – The 6-foot-2 winger from Joliette, Quebec is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2015 draft. Greer has the size, skating, and skills to be a big time player at the next level. His 2013-14 season really put him on the map, as he posted 63 points in just 34 games including 24 goals while attending Kimbell Union Academy. His seven points last season for BU showed us he is raw, but he will develop. He does a lot of the little things very well already (fore checking, positioning, work ethic, responsible play), but he needs to learn how to take charge offensively, something that will happen as he gains confidence and experience. Expect him to post big numbers before his NCAA career is over starting as early as 2015-16 as he earns more opportunity. Michael Barrett


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix QMAAA 42 15 13 28 75 | Playoffs 13 7 3 10
  Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix Telus Cup 7 0 5 5 4 |          
 2012-2013 Kimball Union Academy USHS-Prep 30 16 19 35 - |          
 2013-2014 Kimball Union Academy USHS-Prep 34 24 39 63 - |          
  Boston Jr. Bruins Selects U18 MHSL U18 8 2 4 6 0 |          
  Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 2 2 1 3 2 |          
 2014-2015 Boston Univ. NCAA 37 3 4 7 18 |          
 2015-2016 Boston Univ. NCAA 18 1 4 5 10 |          
  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 33 16 11 27 57 | Playoffs 20 12 10 22 28 
  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies M-Cup 5 1 1 2 30 |          
 2016-2017 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 1 1 4 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 63 15 23 38 78 |          
 2017-2018 Colorado Avalanche NHL 17 0 3 3 29 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 35 8 5 13 34 |          
 2018-2019 Colorado Eagles AHL 4 1 1 2 4 |          

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