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Fantasy Summary

Versatile centerman who will need to find a pro role to be NHL- and fantasy-relevant


Observations

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October 2023 – Pavel only made it into one preseason contest for the Avs, and has been assigned to the AHL for the start for the 2023-24 campaign. The NHL fourth line is likely to rotate throughout the season so a small role is still possible for the hard-working centerman, but missing most of camp and preseason has delayed that possibility so keep him on your waitlist for the time being. Unless his production picks up in the minors, he is likely to be a better real-life player than fantasy player. Hayden Soboleski

September 2023 – Pavel began pre-season training in Colorado very early, but a lower-body injury has struck, making him day-to-day leading into pre-season. The Avs have made depth signings this off-season but if there is a 4th-line role up for grabs, Pavel remained a dark horse candidate to claim it. Hayden Soboleski

March 2023 – Colorado has signed undrafted college free agent Ondrej Pavel to a two-year ELC. The deal start in the 2023-24 season; the centerman will join the AHL Eagles on a PTO for the remainder of the 2022-23 season. Hayden Soboleski

With the cupboard bare from years of trading picks and prospects in exchange for cup competitiveness, and many contracts expiring this off-season, college signees are going to make up a large proportion of Colorado’s minor-league affiliates next year. Pavel brings pro-ready size to the AHL Eagles, but the scoring may be a work in progress. His six goals and 15 points in 39 games certainly doesn’t jump off the page for a 6-02 senior, but his 94 SOG is not a bad shot volume, his 30 blocked shots led all team forwards and he doesn’t shy away from the physical side of the game. With significant turnover possible on the AHL Eagles, PK special teams spots will be available and this may be the best path forward for Pavel to become a long-term pro. Don’t expect any fantasy relevance within this two-year deal, wait to see how he is deployed and if he can find a role in pro before adding to your reserves.

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CZE
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 29, 2000
Height 6‘2”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 HC Kobra Praha U16Czechia U16 2- - -- -|        
 2013-2014 Hlavni mesto Praha U15ODM8 0 22 1|        
 2014-2015 HC Kobra Praha U16Czechia U16 2- - -- -|        
  HC Kobra Praha U18Czechia U18 2- - -- -|        
 2015-2016 Czechia U16 (all)International-Jr10 3 47 2|        
 2016-2017 HC Sparta Praha U18Czechia U1827 7 1421 26|        
  Oakmoor Academy Patriots 16U AAAT1EHL 16U13 7 512 4|Playoffs4 1 01
  Oakmoor Academy Patriots 16U AAA16U AAA6 3 14 2|        
  Czechia U17WHC-175 3 03 2|        
  Czechia U17 (all)International-Jr15 5 05 12|        
 2017-2018 Czechia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 00 2|        
  Minot MinotaurosNAHL48 8 1018 68|Playoffs12 2 46 16 
  Czechia U18 (all)International-Jr8 0 00 6|        
 2018-2019 Fargo ForceUSHL58 4 913 71|Playoffs2 2 02
 2019-2020 Fargo ForceUSHL40 11 920 51|        
  Czechia U20WJC-205 0 00 6|        
  Czechia U20 (all)International-Jr7 0 11 6|        
 2020-2021 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato)NCAA11 0 44 8|        
 2021-2022 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato)NCAA44 12 1022 24|        
 2022-2023 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato)NCAA39 6 915 34|        
  Colorado EaglesAHL2 0 00 0|Playoffs4 0 22
 2023-2024 Colorado AvalancheNHL1 0 00 0|        
  Colorado EaglesAHL46 3 47 27|        

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