AJ Greer

by Hayden Soboleski on January 5, 2017

AJ Greer - Photo Courtesy of RDS.ca

 

AJ Greer, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

Born: 1996-12-14

Hometown: Joliette, QC, CAN

Drafted: 39th overall, 2015, Colorado, 2nd round

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2017 - Greer has been named to the AHL All Star game. His 24 points in 30 games may not explode off the scoresheet, but he's been a terrific force on a lowly San Antonio Team and is proving to a gem of a prospect. He will certainly earn more call-up opportunities by the end of the season and will likely be deplyed in the top-six when he is. Keep an eye out for this first year pro. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2016 - Greer scored his first NHL point (an assist) in his second NHL game. He still projects to only remain in the NHL this year as an injury replacement, but he has looked good in the top-six alongside MacKinnon. He isn't being credited with hits on the scoresheet but he is playing aggresively; management should be excited about his ability to play a similar game in the big league as he does successfully in the AHL. Hayden Soboleski

November 2016 - After an incredible start to his rookie AHL season, Greer has been called up to the NHL for the short term as an injury replacement. He may not play, depending on the status of the injured Matt Duchene, but seeing him rewarded for his outstanding ability to forecheck, drive play, get under opponents' skin, and of course score (14 points in 13 games so far) is a very good sign for his standing in the organization. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2016 - Greer will play the upcoming 2016-17 season in the AHL. He was very impressive in training camp and pre-season games, where his ability to apply a hard forecheck, score timely goals, and get under the skin of opponents will make him both a  fan favorite and a valued team-member. If he is able to continue playing this strongly all season, he will puch for a roster spot next year, as the Avs will be very eager for this injection of energy. He will likely end up as a third-line player, but will have extra value in multi-category pools, and is worthy of being drafted in deep dynasty pools. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2016 - There was an adjustment period for Greer when first transfering from the NCAA to the QMJHL, but he eventually settled in with a very respectable 27 points and 57 PIM in 33 games. Come playoffs, the power forward really found his game and became one of the champions' top players and a goal-scoring force. As the only true power-forward in the Avalanche system, management will surely be keeping an eye on Greer, and he will have a clear-cut role to fill with little internal competition when he makes the jump to the pros. Expect a push out of training camp, but the likeliest outcome is another year in junior and at least one in the AHL to prepare himself for the much tougher job of a power-forward in the pros. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2015 - Greer is leaving Boston of the NCAA to play for the Huskies of the QMJHL, alongside several fellow Avalanche prospects. He had five points in 18 games for Boston, and hopes to translate his power-forward game to the very competitive Huskies team. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2015 - Avs take Greer 39th overall. Boasts a little bit of everything, and although likely earmarked for several years of development, he has the potential to make big strides and move up quickly through the depth chart (in a perfect world). Dobber

 

June 2015 – The 6-foot-2 winger from Joliette, Quebec is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2015 draft. Greer has the size, skating, and skills to be a big time player at the next level. His 2013-14 season really put him on the map, as he posted 63 points in just 34 games including 24 goals while attending Kimbell Union Academy. His seven points last season for BU showed us he is raw, but he will develop. He does a lot of the little things very well already (fore checking, positioning, work ethic, responsible play), but he needs to learn how to take charge offensively, something that will happen as he gains confidence and experience. Expect him to post big numbers before his NCAA career is over starting as early as 2015-16 as he earns more opportunity. Michael Barrett

 

Fantasy Outlook B-

Several years away, but developing well as a power-forward capable of playing with top talent.

 

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