Peter Delmas’ future with the Colorado Avalanche won’t be determined for at least another month.
The Halifax Mooseheads goaltender, entering his 20-year-old campaign in the QMJHL, has until June 1 to sign a three-year entry-level contract with the Avalanche, which drafted him in the second round (61st overall) in 2008. If he doesn’t sign, he will reenter the draft.
His agent, Jean-Pierre Lareau, told Metro this week things are “up in the air” with the Avalanche and that a decision on whether he’ll be offered a contract hasn’t been made one way or the other.
Helping Delmas’ chances is the fact the Avs only have two goaltenders under contract for next season: Current starter Craig Anderson and prospect Trevor Cann.
But the Bedford native has struggled with injuries since being drafted and fell short of expectations with the Quebec Remparts in 2009-10. The Mooseheads picked him up from the Remparts in a January trade for a sixth-round draft pick.
Gabriel Desjardins went out with a bang as Canada left the IIHF world under-18 championship in Belarus with a seventh-place finish, its worst in tournament history.
The Mooseheads winger recorded two assists as Canada beat Slovakia 4-2 to win the relegation group in Bobruinsk with a 3-0 record.
Desjardins, who finished fourth in Mooseheads scoring this season with 32 points in 62 games, finished the tournament with three assists, nine shots and a plus-three rating in six games.
FEELING THE DRAFT
Red Line Report has given high rankings to Mooseheads goaltender Mathieu Corbeil and defenceman Konrad Abeltshauser in its April report for June’s NHL draft.
Corbeil sits 34th overall, pegging him as an early second-round pick, while Abeltshauser is eight spots behind at No. 42.