Nicolas Aube-Kubel has been brought in to replace J.T. Compher in Colorado as the team prunes its depth.
The team obtained veteran forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel from the Anaheim Ducks for winger Nicolas Deslauriers, goalie Laurent Brossoit and a seventh-round pick in 2019.
Aube-Kubel, 21, scored five goals and totaled 12 points in 40 games for the Ducks this season, playing mostly on the fourth line. He is a restricted free agent after spending the past three seasons with Quebec (QMJHL).
In 261 career games with Portland (AHL), the forward has 28 goals and 55 points.
“Nicolas has flashed some of the skills we envisioned when we acquired him, making a positive impact in a number of offensive situations,” General Manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. “He brings size and brings energy to our lineup. We’re happy to add him to the organization, and we are confident he will fit in well with our forwards.”
Aube-Kubel was acquired by Colorado in the trade that sent Gabriel Landeskog to the Avalanche in the trade that sent Paul Stastny to the Blues in March 2015.
The release said the team was aware that potential unrestricted free agents J.T. Compher and Gustav Larsson were unsure of their NHL futures and that the team was approached by teams that were interested in acquiring them.
Compher, 23, appeared in 63 games this season and scored 17 goals and 49 points. The center played in 22 games with Colorado last season, and in 65 games with the Avalanche in 2015-16, posting 34 goals and 73 points.