Colorado Avalanche Sign 2012 Draft Pick Mitchell Heard

March 6 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman watches the progress of the game in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Mitchell Heard, the Colorado Avalanche's first selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Avalanche.

Mitchell Heard, the Colorado Avalanche's first selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Avalanche, according to the Denver Post.

"We are pleased to have Mitchell under contract," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said in a release."He is coming off a strong season in the OHL, and we are excited to see him at training camp."

Heard played for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League in 2011-12, and scored 29 goals and 57 points as a 20-year-old.

Heard was the No. 41 overall selection in the draft. The Avalanche did not have a first-round selection. Mike Chambers of the Denver Post speculates that Heard will begin his career in Denver's organization with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

For the latest on the Colorado Avalanche, be sure to head over to Mile High Hockey and join the discussion.


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