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Fantasy Summary

Versatile forward with NCAA success and 3rd-line upside


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April 2022 – The Avalanche have signed NCAA free agent Ben Meyers to a two-year ELC, beginning immediately and ending at the end of the 2022-23 campaign. The forward garnered lots of NHL attention after a being named Big Ten Player of the Year, playing for Team USA at the Olympics, and being a Hobey Baker finalist. Coach Bednar praised the 23-year-old’s motor and said he will see some action as this season winds down, but he is not playoff-eligible so he may not be a regular down the stretch as post-season lines get tried out. He will be expected to compete for a bottom-six NHL spot out of training camp come September. Hayden Soboleski


Meyers scored 41 points in 34 games as captain of the Gophers this season and just under a point-per-game in the 2020-21 campaign. His totals and his shot volume (just under 3 SOG/game) give him fantasy relevance, and although he isn’t heavily physical his pro-ready build gives him the ability to stay close to the play along the boards and in the corners where he is able to disrupt breakouts and create plays. He may require some AHL seasoning but his short-term deal makes it likely he will see NHL auditions at the very least.