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Avalanche pick up Porter

The Colorado Avalanche, parent club of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, announced today that the team has acquired forwards Kevin Porter and Peter Mueller from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski.

Porter, 23, has spent most of this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, where he ranks third on the team with 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 52 games. He has also appeared in four games with the Coyotes this year.

The Detroit, Mich., native made his NHL debut with Phoenix last season, recording five goals and five assists in 34 games. Porter also tallied 13 goals and 22 assists in 42 games for San Antonio as a rookie last season.

Phoenix’s fifth selection (fourth round, 119th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft, Porter captured the Hobey Baker Award as a senior at the University of Michigan (CCHA) in 2007-08. He represented Team USA at both the 2005 and 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships.

“Kevin will add more depth up front,” added Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman. “He spent some extended time in the NHL last season and we look forward to having him join our organization.”