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Avalanche Sign Graves

By Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com, 08/08/18, 11:15PM CDT

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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defensemen Mason Geertsen and Ryan Graves and goaltender Spencer Martin to one-year contracts for the 2018-19 season.

Graves, 23, was acquired by the Avalanche on Feb. 26, 2017 and spent the rest of the 2017-18 campaign with the Rampage, tallying six points (1g, 5a) in 21 games. He totaled 17 points (5g, 12a) in 78 total contests with San Antonio and the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he also served as an alternate captain in 2016-17. A fourth-round selection (110th overall) of the New York Rangers in the 2013 NHL Draft, Graves has totaled 68 points (22g, 46a) in 228 career AHL contests.

 A Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native, Graves played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Prince Edward Island Rocket (2011-13), Charlottetown Islanders (2013-14), Val-d'Or Foreurs (2013-14) and Quebec Remparts (2014-15), accumulating 86 points (25g, 61a) in 245 QMJHL games. The 6-foot-5, 226-pound blueliner helped Val-d'Or to the President's Cup as QMJHL playoff champions and a Memorial Cup berth in 2013-14. He returned to the Memorial Cup the following season as a member of the Remparts, ranking second among team defensemen with five points (2g, 3a) in the tournament to earn all-star honors.