Colorado Avalanche call for Dryden Hunt waivers
The Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Dryden Hunt off waivers from the New York Rangers, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Thursday afternoon.
Hunt, 26, spent the 2021-22 season with the Rangers, scoring six goals and 17 points in 76 games. He hasn’t scored a point in three playoff games with the Rangers in 2022.
In three games with Rangers to start the 2022-23 season, Hunt averaged a goal at just 8:49 a night. He is under contract until next July with a cap of $762,500.
Undrafted from the Western Hockey League, Hunt exploded with 58 goals and 116 points in 72 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2015-16 and turned that into an entry-level deal with the North Carolina Panthers. Florida.
Hunt appeared in 63 games over three seasons with the Panthers between 2017-18 and 2019-20, scoring three goals and 15 points. The Panthers opted out of qualifying Hunt as a restricted free agent in 2020.
As an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, Hunt signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes for the 2020-21 season. The 6-foot, 193-pound forward scored three goals and eight points in 26 games with the Coyotes.
Freed from RFA status again, Hunt signed a two-year contract with Rangers in July 2021. He became an NHL regular for the first time in 2021-22, appearing in all but six of Rangers’ 82 games. during the regular season. .
The Avalanche already lost Lukas Sedlak to the Philadelphia Flyers via waivers on Wednesday, opening up a roster spot for a player like Hunt. In 168 career NHL games with the Panthers, Coyotes and Rangers, Hunt has scored 13 goals and 41 points.