Colorado Avalanche: Signing Ryan Wilson Is a Step in the Right Direction

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIJune 25, 2012

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 26: Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Calgary Flames on October 26, 2011 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Avalanche continued their slew of offseason signings announcing (via Twitter) that they signed defenseman Ryan Wilson to a three-year contract.

WILSON SIGNED: The #Avs have signed defenseman Ryan Wilson to a three-year contract through 2014-15. Details to follow.

— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 25, 2012


Colorado has already signed Matt Duchene, David Jones and Cody McLeod to new deals since season's end.

I recently wrote about how the Avalanche have a lot left to do this offseason and that bringing back Wilson would be a good idea. Apparently general manager Greg Sherman took my advice.

Wilson (6'1", 207) was Colorado’s second-best defender points-wise last season with one goal and 20 assists, five points behind Erik Johnson. He has had pretty good success in his three seasons with the team, scoring seven times and tallying 51 assists.

At just 25 years old, the Windsor, Ontario native is one of many young players on the Avalanche roster. He has solid size, isn’t afraid to be physical and plays sound defense.

“Ryan brings an element that complements our defense,” said Sherman via press release. “We are pleased to sign him to a multi-year deal and look forward to seeing him at camp.”

Even though he is on the third defensive pairing, according to Daily Faceoff, he has the potential to move up as he continues to develop.

Colorado already has Jan Hejda, Matt Hunwick, Ryan O’Byrne and Tyson Barrie under contract through next season and now will have Wilson for a few years. Colorado should still look to sign Erik Johnson to a new deal to further solidify the Avs defense.

The signing of Wilson is hopefully just one of many more to come these coming months for the Colorado Avalanche. Although it’s just one more player, it’s a big step in the right direction.