The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to a 7 year extension with 20 year old, Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog was drafted 2nd overall in 2011 by the Aves, and was named captain of the team in 2012, becoming the NHL’s youngest captain at age 19.
This season would have been the last on Landeskog’s current entry level contract. Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012 for the league’s best rookie. He played in all 82 games that season, scoring 22 goals and posting 30 assists for 50 points.
Landeskog returned to Sweden during the lockout to play with Djurgården. He played 17 games with the team putting up 8 goals and 6 assists in the short time. He returned to the U.S. after the lockout, and played in 36 games for the Avalanche. He totaled 17 points this season, putting up 9 goals and 8 assists.
Joe Sakic and company in Colorado are clearly putting the faith of the future in Landeskog. He’ll be a great player and a great leader for the Aves for years to come. The Avalanche may not be contenders just yet, but with the youth the organization has, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in the races.