Sven Andrighetto (born 21 March 1993) is a Swiss professional ice hockey winger who is currently playing with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third-round (86th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, his last year of eligibility. He previously played with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with whom he would finish sixth in scoring in 2012–13.
The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies selected him in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Import Draft from the GCK Lions of the Swiss National League B (NLB), Switzerland's second-tier professional league. In the 2010–11 season while playing for the Lions, he was selected to represent Switzerland at the 2011 World Junior tournament. Playing 36 games for GCK, he recorded 23 points (11 goals and 12 assists) and 20 penalty minutes. Loaned to eventual NLB champion EHC Visp, he was scoreless in two regular-season games, adding one goal and two assists and 12 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.
For the 2011–12 QMJHL season, Andrighetto moved to Canada to play in the QMJHL. Andrighetto had previously played in Canada at the 2006 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a youth team from Zürich. Despite his small size, Andrighetto managed to score 74 points (36 goals and 38 assists), along with 50 penalty minutes. He was a –23 in plus/minus despite his high scoring. The Huskies made it to the playoffs but lost to the Shawinigan Cataractes in a four-game sweep. Andrighetto had two assists and four penalty minutes in those four games.
Andrighetto returned to Rouyn-Noranda and the Huskies for the 2012–13 QMJHL season. He had a successful season in his second year in North America, playing in 53 games for the team but recording 98 points (31 goals and 67 assists) to finish sixth in regular season scoring in the QMJHL, with 45 penalty minutes as well as a +25 plus/minus rating. With the Huskies once again in the playoffs, they made a run to the semi-finals, falling to the Halifax Mooseheads. Andrighetto played in all of 14 games, with 8 goals and 22 assists for 30 points with only 14 penalty minutes.
Andrighetto was entering his final year of eligibility for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft; he was 20 years of age when the draft came, held in Newark, New Jersey. The Montreal Canadiens held the 86th pick in the third round of the draft and made him the second Swiss player selected (and first forward hailing from the country), behind Mirco Müller, whom the San Jose Sharks with the 18th pick.
On July 15, 2013, the Canadiens signed Andrighetto to a three-year, entry-level contract, detailed to a two-way deal, worth $625,000 if Andrighetto played in the NHL and $70,000 if he played in the American Hockey League (AHL). The contract also included a $75,000 signing bonus.
Andrighetto reported to the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs for the 2013–14 season, his rookie campaign in the AHL. He scored 44 points (17 goals and 27 assists) in 64 games played and added 40 penalty minutes with a –4 plus-minus rating.
Unable to make the Canadiens out of training camp and pre-season, Andrighetto returned to the Bulldogs for the 2014–15 season. He contributed a goal and two assists in a game on 2 December 2014 against the Adirondack Flames at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Recalled by the Canadiens in December, he made his NHL debut in a 4–1 loss to the Dallas Stars on December 6, recording his first goal with assists from Tomáš Plekanec and Jiří Sekáč. He registered a point in his first three games to become the first Hab to do so since Pierre Mondou in 1978.
Andrighetto was assigned to begin the 2015–16 season with the Canadiens' new AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps. On November 20, 2015, he was recalled to Montreal for the remainder of the season after producing 23 points in 26 games. Thereafter, he enjoyed the most productive period in his career, scoring 7 goals and 17 points in 40 games.
Andrighetto had a slow start at training camp before the 2016–17 season and was reassigned to the IceCaps. Scoring at more than a point-per-game pace in the AHL, Andrighetto earned another recall to Montreal.
Struggling to secure a defined role in the team, and having contributed only 8 points in 27 games, Andrighetto was traded by the Canadiens at the trade deadline on March 1, 2017, to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Andreas Martinsen. Andrighetto became the first Swiss skater to appear for the franchise when he made his debut at the Pepsi Center in a 3–0 shutout defeat to the St. Louis Blues on March 5, 2017. He recorded his first point in his second game with the Avalanche when he contributed an assist toward their 3–1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. On March 11, 2017, he scored his first goal for the Avalanche in a 4–2 defeat to the Ottawa Senators. Given an extended opportunity in a scoring role on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, Andrighetto blossomed to lead the Avalanche in scoring through the month of March and finish the season with 16 points in 19 games.
Protected in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Andrighetto agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension with Colorado on June 28, 2017. After his first training camp with the Avalanche, Andrighetto began the 2017–18 season on Colorado's top two scoring lines, collecting his first goal and assist in the third game of the season in a 4–0 victory against the Boston Bruins on October 9, 2017. After collecting 12 points in his first 16 games, Andrighetto slowed offensively before suffering a leg injury against the New York Islanders on December 31, 2017. In missing 28 games, Andrighetto returned to the lineup on March 8, 2018, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Playing in a reduced role, he appeared in a further eight games before suffering a re-occurrence of his lingering leg injury, missing three games. In his first game back, Andrighetto scored two goals in a 5–0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 30, 2018. Helping the Avalanche reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in four years, Andrighetto finished with 8 goals and 22 points in 50 games. He made his playoff debut in the first-round series against the Nashville Predators. He scored his first playoff goal, starving off elimination for the Avalanche in a 2–1 road victory in Game 5 on April 21, 2018. He finished with one point in six games in the playoffs.
In his third season with the Avalanche, Andrighetto began the 2018–19 season on the injured reserve, after suffering a leg injury during a pre-season game against the Dallas Stars on September 26, 2018. He made his season debut in the Avalanche's seventh game of the season against the New Jersey Devils, scoring a goal in a 5-3 victory on October 19, 2018. Playing in a top 9 role, he appeared in just six games before he was returned to the injured reserve with a week-to week lower body injury on October 30, 2018. Upon his return to health, Andrighetto's missed time affected his role, receiving fourth-line minutes and the occasional healthy scratch. Despite averaging just over 11 minutes time-on-ice, Andrighetto produced 7 goals and 17 points in 64 games with the Avalanche. In the post-season, Andrighetto was used as the team's first reserve forward, drawing into the lineup on the fourth-line in game three of a first-round series against the Calgary Flames on April 15, 2019. He finished scoreless in 5 playoff games before the Avalanche were defeated in the Western Conference Semi-finals against the San Jose Sharks.
As an impending restricted free agent, Andrighetto's tenure with Colorado ended after he was not tendered a qualifying offer on June 25, 2019.
As a free agent with minimal multi-term offers from the NHL, Andrighetto opted to leave North America in agreeing to a long rumoured two-year contract with Russian club, Avangard Omsk of the KHL, on July 9, 2019.
Regular season and playoffs
|2015–16||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||26||10||13||23||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||20||8||14||22||8||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Player of the Week (2–9 February 2014)||2013–14|