Sheldon Dries

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of The Denver Post

Fantasy Summary

AHL scorer who also racks up PIMs

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 23, 1994
Height 5‘9”
Weight 180 lbs
Drafted No


May 2020 – After 40 NHL contests in 2018-19, Dries was only used in 5 during the 2019-20 campaign. This is a not a good sign for the 26-year-old who has proven to be a capable net-filler in the AHL. Despite being able to do-it-all with the Eagles, he hasn’t stood out in his NHL stints, although to be fair his ice time has never been significant. He’ll be contention again for a 4th-line role when the next season begins, but he is getting leapfrogged for higher-scoring or higher-pedigree options which won’t get any easier to overcome. Mild streaming potential if he gets called up, but do not draft. Hayden Soboleski


September 2019 – Dries has been assigned to the AHL Eagles to begin the 2019-20 campaign. He showed signs of promise during call-up duties last year, however the added depth in Colorado proved too much for him to overcome in camp. He will likely be among the top candidates for a recall when injuries strike. Hayden Soboleski


July 2019- Dries has signed a one-year extension with the Avalanche. He will once again push for a depth role out of training camp, but given the many additions to Colorado this off-season he will most likely serve as an AHL scorer and NHL injury fill-in.  Hayden Soboleski


December 2018 – The injury bug never left the Avs room and as such Dries has suited up 16 times for the Avs, getting recalled from the AHL almost every other week. 4 points in those games isn’t overly fantasy-worthy, and neither is his lack of PP TOI (or regular TOI for that matter with an average of 10:14). Serious injuries do mean that he’ll be a depth peripheral producer for a few more weeks at least. Hayden Soboleski


November 2018 – The injuries kept coming so Dries is amid another call-up with the Avs. He scored his first NHL goal after getting the call and another in the next game for good measure. With only 8 minutes TOI per game average this is likely a flash in the pan, but just like last call-up, this is excellent exposure for when he makes a push for a real role next year (or this year, at the rate injuries are piling up). Hayden Soboleski


October 2018 – Dries has been reassigned to the AHL as NHL roster players have been activated off IR. He got 3 games with the big club, but didn’t put up fantasy-relevant numbers in any category. Not worth a waiver yet even if more injuries hit, give him another season to develop. Hayden Soboleski


October 2018 – Against the odds and thanks to a couple injuries, Dries will appear in the Avs opening-night lineup. The AHL scorer won’t see a lot of ice, but still has a shot to impress the team if he can provide the offense and grit he’s shown at the lower level. Unlikely to be fantasy relevant now, but bodes well for making a full time jump in later years. Hayden Soboleski


July 2018 – The Avs have signed free agent Sheldon Dries away from the Dallas Stars organization. As an AHL rookie, Dries posted 19 goals and 11 assists in 70 games played – this combo of goal-scoring and making it into the lineup regularly is a great sign for anyone transitioning to a new league. In the AHL playoffs, he was a pure sniper, putting up 10 goals (but no assists) in the 22-game post-season.


His quick pro transition is extremely promising, and the fact that he weighs in at 180 lbs should make him a little less injury-prone than most 5’9″ players. Considering his strong knack for scoring over passing, he could put more pucks on net, he’s not truly a volume shooter yet. He drops the gloves on occasion and puts up a fair amount of PIMs, so  helooks like a multi-category prospect to watch as he continues his pro development. Hayden Soboleski



 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Honeybaked 13U AAA T1EHL 13U 30 25 20 45 45 |          
 2008-2009 Honeybaked 14U AAA T1EHL 14U 31 20 18 38 28 |          
 2009-2010 Honeybaked 16U AAA T1EHL 16U 36 28 12 40 50 |          
 2010-2011 Belle Tire 18U AAA T1EHL 18U 36 23 15 38 92 |          
  Green Bay Gamblers USHL 3 0 0 0 4 |          
 2011-2012 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 59 19 19 38 126 | Playoffs 12 1 6 7
 2012-2013 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 54 22 27 49 105 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2
  USA U19 WJAC-19 4 1 6 7 4 |          
 2013-2014 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 39 3 4 7 43 |          
 2014-2015 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 37 14 15 29 37 |          
 2015-2016 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 36 11 7 18 22 |          
 2016-2017 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 36 16 14 30 34 |          
 2017-2018 Texas Stars AHL 70 19 11 30 53 | Playoffs 22 10 0 10 30 
 2018-2019 Colorado Avalanche NHL 40 3 3 6 26 |          
  Colorado Eagles AHL 25 3 8 11 19 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
 2019-2020 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Colorado Eagles AHL 50 21 14 35 69 |