Vancouver Canucks: 5 Low-Profile RFAs Vancouver Could Target

Dec 30, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (49 skates with the puck in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Devils defeated the Senators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (49 skates with the puck in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Devils defeated the Senators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports /
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LW Andrew Agozzino

Luckily, the free-agent marked is not all defensive players. Andrew Agozzino, an undrafted forward for the Colorado Avalanche, is the exact opposite. A speedy winger and hard worker, Agozzino has a lot of potential but has been waiting in vain to get a real shot in the NHL for many years.

At 5-foot-10, 187 pounds, Agozzino does not have it easy in professional hockey. However, he works extremely hard and plays a gritty game, using his body as much as he can.

An undrafted Ontario Hockey League standout, Agozzino was signed to a contract by the AHL Lake Erie Monsters, the Avalanche’s former affiliate, in 2012 and earned himself an NHL entry-level deal. He has 79 goals and 194 points so far in his 266-game career but only got to play in four NHL contests (three of them this season), recording two assists.

Agozzino is limited to a scoring role thanks to his frame. However, even as one of the Colorado’s best minor-league scorers, he has not been put in a position to be a scorer at the NHL level. The Canucks, however, look like they might be the right team to try him out in a second or third-line scoring role.

From Elite Prospects:

"Agozzino is an offensive winger with good speed, hands and vision. Is a hard worker who doesn’t shy away from the hard areas of the ice, despite being smallish. Also plays with grit. – Erik K. Piri, EP (2014)"

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