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Rantanen Among Finland's WJC Camp Invitees

Avs recent first round pick Mikko Rantanen will be in Denver this week. However in August, he will be in Lake Placid, NY as one of 28 Finnish players invited to participate in the US National Junior Evaluation Camp. 

The camp will allow Finland to play in exhibition games against the US and Sweden in preparations for the 2016 World Junior Championship, which will take place in Finland in late December.

Rantanen had four goals in the 2015 tournament. He'll be an important returnee for Finland, barring a roster spot with the Avalanche.

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Avs Prospects Signing Tracker (updated)

Restricted free agents Mat Clark and Andrew Agozzino filed for salary arbitration. In total, 23 NHL players elected to file for arbitration before Sunday's deadline. Hearings will take place between July 20, 2015 and August 4, 2015 in Toronto, ON.

UFA defenseman, Bruno Gervais, has opted for a stint in Europe next season. This isn't all bad news as it will give additional ice time to young defenders such as Chris Bigras and Mason Geertsen in San Antonio next season. 

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2015)
Mason Geertsen VAN WHL 3-YR ELC 03/24/15
Europe (July 1, 2015)
Jonas Holos LOK KHL 2-YR 6/15/15 w/ FBK
AHL (July 1, 2015)
Joey Leach LE AHL
Daniel Maggio LE AHL
Reid Petryk FTW ECHL
Kenny Ryan LE AHL
Michael Schumacher LE AHL
Ben Youds LE AHL
NHL (Two-Way/ELC -- July 1, 2015)
Andrew Agozzino LE AHL RFA, arbitration
Sami Aittokallio LE AHL 2-YR 7/2/15 w/ Kärpät
Mat Clark LE AHL RFA, arbitration
Stefan Elliott LE AHL RFA, QO received
Bruno Gervais LE AHL 1-YR 7/6/15 Eisbären
Freddie Hamilton LE AHL RFA, QO received
Mitchell Heard LE AHL UFA
Joey Hishon LE AHL RFA, QO received
Markus Lauridsen LE AHL 1-YR 06/16/15 w/ AIK
Calvin Pickard LE AHL RFA, QO received
Tomas Vincour LE AHL UFA
Other Signings
Andreas Martinsen DEG DEL 1-YR ELC 05/15/15

Avs Development Camp Underway

The Avs summer development camp got underway on Monday as several of Colorado's prospects were introduced to the media. 

Team Rosters

Numerical Roster

On ice sessions will begin on Tuesday morning at Family Sports in Centennial, CO. The first link contains times for practice sessions.

The camp roster is primarily composed of selections from the Avs two most recent draft classes, including 2014 and 2015 first round picks Conner Bleackley and Mikko Rantanen.

Prospect videos are available on the Avs official website.

Avs Prospects Signing Tracker (updated)

It's been rumored for weeks that Sami Aittokallio would be returning to Europe next season and it was revealed early Thursday morning that he has signed a two-year contract with Kärpät (Liiga). 

Now the Avalanche qualified Aittokallio this week, meaning they retain his rights (until age 27) should he decide to make a return to North America. 

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2015)
Mason Geertsen VAN WHL 3-YR ELC 03/24/15
Europe (July 1, 2015)
Jonas Holos LOK KHL 2-YR 6/15/15 w/ FBK
AHL (July 1, 2015)
Joey Leach LE AHL
Daniel Maggio LE AHL
Reid Petryk FTW ECHL
Kenny Ryan LE AHL
Michael Schumacher LE AHL
Ben Youds LE AHL
NHL (Two-Way/ELC -- July 1, 2015)
Andrew Agozzino LE AHL RFA, QO received
Sami Aittokallio LE AHL 2-YR 7/2/15 w/ Kärpät
Mat Clark LE AHL RFA, QO received
Stefan Elliott LE AHL RFA, QO received
Bruno Gervais LE AHL UFA
Freddie Hamilton LE AHL RFA, QO received
Mitchell Heard LE AHL UFA
Joey Hishon LE AHL RFA, QO received
Markus Lauridsen LE AHL 1-YR 06/16/15 w/ AIK
Calvin Pickard LE AHL RFA, QO received
Tomas Vincour LE AHL UFA
Other Signings
Andreas Martinsen DEG DEL 1-YR ELC 05/15/15

Avs Development Camp Next Week

The dates are set and we know that the on-ice sessions will be open to the public. A full roster of attendees has yet to be announced. However, we know that Avs 2015 first round pick Mikko Rantanen will be in attendance, as will recent acquisition JT Compher. In addition, we know of three undrafted players who have been invited: Justin Harmonic, Raphael Maheux, and Jan Mandat.

Avs Prospects Signing Tracker (updated)

This is an update to the previous story of which RFAs the Avalanche had qualified. As it turns out, it was fewer than what was earlier reported. 

The miscalculation of the Mitch Heard second round selection in 2012 certainly reflects badly upon Rick Pracey. It is certainly one of the reasons why he is no longer the Avs chief amateur scout.

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2015)
Mason Geertsen VAN WHL 3-YR ELC 03/24/15
Europe (July 1, 2015)
Jonas Holos LOK KHL 2-YR 6/15/15 w/ FBK
AHL (July 1, 2015)
Joey Leach LE AHL
Daniel Maggio LE AHL
Reid Petryk FTW ECHL
Kenny Ryan LE AHL
Michael Schumacher LE AHL
Ben Youds LE AHL
NHL (Two-Way/ELC -- July 1, 2015)
Andrew Agozzino LE AHL RFA, QO received
Sami Aittokallio LE AHL RFA, QO received
Mat Clark LE AHL RFA, QO received
Stefan Elliott LE AHL RFA, QO received
Bruno Gervais LE AHL UFA
Freddie Hamilton LE AHL RFA, QO received
Mitchell Heard LE AHL UFA
Joey Hishon LE AHL RFA, QO received
Markus Lauridsen LE AHL 1-YR 06/16/15 w/ AIK
Calvin Pickard LE AHL RFA, QO received
Tomas Vincour LE AHL UFA
Other Signings
Andreas Martinsen DEG DEL 1-YR ELC 05/15/15

Compher to Attend Avs Development Camp

The Avs will hold their summer development camp next week and we can add recent acquisition JT Compher to the list of attendees.

 

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Attending this camp will not impact Compher's NCAA eligibility. With the rumor that the club may be having on-ice activities, it will likely be the only opportunity for Colorado based Avs fans to see him in action before he returns to Michigan for the 2015-16 playing season.

 

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