2005-06: Chris Stewart was chosen in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.
2006-07: Stewart’s third season with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) resulted in 36 goals and 82 points through 61 games; 108 penalty minutes was his second best total to date. He also joined up with the Albany River Rats for his first look at pro hockey, registering three points (1g+2a) in five games.
2007-08: In his first professional season, Stewart scored a team-high 25 goals with AHL Lake Erie. He led the team in game-winning goals (4) and finished third in points (44). He was among team leaders in games played (77), power-play goals (9), shots (135), penalty minutes (93), and assists (19). He netted the first hat trick in Lake Erie history on Nov. 17 against Toronto. Stewart was recalled by Colorado on Apr. 17 but did not dress in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
2008-09: Stewart played the majority of his hockey with the Ava’s this season, netting 11 goals and 19 points in 53 games. He also saw action with Colorado’s AHL affiliate, Lake Erie, where he racked up 11 points (5g+6a) in 19 games.
Stewart is a big power forward who is a strong skater, is hard to knock off the puck and is not afraid to get physical when it is necessary (118 PIM this season). He has great hands for a big man and plays in all situations. Stewart’s size, physicality, and soft hands, combined with excellent work ethic, make him a force to be reckoned with. One area of concern for Stewart was visible to scouts at the draft combine, and that was a body fat level that is too high.
Stewart was dealt by the Buffalo Sabres to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2017 second round pick.