Andrei Mironov, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenseman who played 18 games for Dynamo Moskva (Moscow) of the Kontinental Hockey League, appears headed to the Avalanche this coming season.

Although he has one year remaining on his KHL pro contract, the general manager of Moskva, Andrei Safronov, said Mironov will be allowed to forego that final year and play for Colorado in the NHL.

Avalanche spokesman Jean Martineau, however, told BSNDenver that no deal is yet in place for Mironov.

Mironov, 22, was selected by the Avs 101st overall in the 2015 NHL draft, but has played professionally since for Dynamo Moskva. In 18 games last season, he had one goal and two assists, and a plus-2. He averaged about 21 minutes of ice time per game.

He is considered a strong, hard-hitting defenseman who tries to pattern his game after one of his idols, the former Av Darius Kasparaitis. He would stand a strong chance of making the club out of training camp, as he has several years of pro experience already.

Here is a picture of the young lad off the ice:

Andrei Mironov (courtesy, Dynamo Moskva)

 

 

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling "Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era" and "100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die", which was published in October, 2016.

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