Michael Prapavessis, From Traverse City Invite to Training Camp Surprise, Signs Two-Year Entry Level Deal with the Blue Jackets

By 1OB Staff on September 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Michael Prapavessis defends during a preseason game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena.
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The Michael Prapavessis story keeps getting better.

We covered this briefly in Wednesday's training camp roster moves, but this kid has some kind of resolve and determination. A free agent invite to the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City only a month ago, the 22-year-old Prapavessis is now officially a member of the Blue Jackets organization.

The Blue Jackets officially announced the signing of Prapavessis to a two-year entry level (NHL/AHL) contract today, meaning he's one step closer to the NHL after being cut loose by the team that drafted him, the Dallas Stars. 

From their release:

"The Oakville, Ontario native set career highs in assists and points (tied) in 2017-18 with 0-19-19 in 37 contests while serving as one of RPI’s captains in his senior campaign.  He led the club in assists, power play assists (seven) and blocked shots (50).  He made his pro debut at the end of the season, collecting 0-2-2 in 11 games with the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones."

Dallas made Prapavessis a fourth-round pick (No. 105 overall) in 2014 before he enrolled at RPI. After a four-year career in college hockey, Prapavessis wasn't in the Stars' plans, and earlier this summer, he ended up on a plane to Traverse City with the Blue Jackets (and a handful of other free agent invites).

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