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Avalanche sign Anderson, Barron to entry-level deals

Credit: Vaughn Ridley
Travis Barron #19 of the Ottawa 67's skates during the first period of an OHL game against the Niagara IceDogs at the Meridian Centre on November 24, 2017 in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Five games remaining in the regular season--in a race to earn one of the two wild card positions, no less-- and the Colorado Avalanche have signed two more players. Defenseman Josh Anderson and forward Travis Barron each inked three-year entry level contracts Thursday morning.

It's been a busy month for the Avs.

Anderson, 19, spent the last four years playing in the Western Hockey League. He tallied 35 points (9g, 26a) in 206 career games with the Prince George Cougars and the Swift Current Broncos.

The 6-foot-2, 225 pound defenseman was drafted by the Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Also being drafted that same year, Barron recently concluded his fourth season with the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's. During the 2017-18 season, he recorded 57 points (21g, 36a) in 67 games, ranking third on the team in assists and points.

The 6-foot-1, 201 pound forward should help strengthen the scoring power on offense. The Belfountain, Ontario, native totaled 149 points (59g, 90a) in 250 career OHL contests, including 13 points (5g, 8a) in 19 post season games.

With an already young team, the Avalanche continue to rebuild with assets in both zones.