With the college season slowly coming to a conclusion, there are quite a few names ready to join the Colorado Avalanche shortly. That group could include players like Alex Newhook and Sampo Ranta. However, the first signing is expected to happen shortly as DNVR Sports AJ Haefele reports that Colorado is expected to sign Notre Dame defenseman Nate Clurman to an entry-level deal. No terms have been revealed.
Clurman spent three years at Notre Dame as a shutdown defenseman with excellent skating skills and served as team captain this past season. He even showed off a little offense, scoring four goals and seven points in 27 games, which may not seem like much, but considering he went scoreless for his first two college seasons, that’s a plus. Clurman was a key cog for the Fighting Irish, but their season ended prematurely as Notre Dame was forced to withdraw from the NCAA tournament due to COVID-19 protocols.
The six-foot-2, 200-pound blueliner was a sixth-round pick in 2016 and is expected to step into the AHL immediately with the Colorado Eagles after he officially signs his contract.