Edmonton, AB – Overage Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Cody Corbett has signed a three-year entry-level contract as a free agent with the Colorado Avalanche, the Avalanche announced Wednesday.
Corbett, 20, will finish the season with the Oil Kings before joining the Avalanche organization.
“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of an awesome organization like Colorado,” said the Lakeland, Minn. native. “This means I’m one step closer to my ultimate goal of playing in the NHL.”
Corbett joined the Oil Kings in the midst of the 2011-12 season and won a WHL Championship with the team that season. Though never drafted, he had previously attended NHL training camp with the Minnesota Wild, including an invite this fall.
Corbett will go down as one of the best offensive defencemen in modern Oil Kings history. The blueliner has played 182 games for the Oil Kings over three seasons, recording 29 goals and 124 points. On Sunday he set franchise records for goals (16) and points (56) in a season by a defenceman, and he is currently tied with teammate Griffin Reinhart for the most career goals by an Oil King defender. He is also just one point shy of Mark Pysyk’s team record for most career points by a defenceman.