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News and Notes - 09/20/2016

Avs Wrap Up Rookie Camp

After a successful Rookie Showcase in which a group of Avalanche prospects won contests over prospects from the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks this past weekend, the club concluded Rookie Camp on Monday with practice sessions.

From ColoradoAvalanche.com:

Rookie Focus Now On Main Training Camp

Training Camp Begins Thursday

While several Avalanche players continue their participation in the World Cup of Hockey, the rest of the veterans and rookies will formally gather later this week to start training camp under the guidance of new head coach Jared Bednar.

Veterans will report for physicals on Thursday, with on ice sessions beginning Friday morning at Family Sports Center in Centennial, CO. Per usual, training camp practices are open to the public, and based on past experience, it's advised to arrive early. Sessions on Friday and Saturday will begin at 8:45 AM MST (second practices will begin at 10:45).

At least 59 players are expected to participate in training camp this year.

Numerical Roster
Positional Roster

Burgundy & White Game Set for this Sunday

Training camp for the Avalanche will conclude this Sunday with the annual Burgundy & White Game at Magness Arena at 3:00 PM MST.

Rantanen Expected to be Out of Action for 2-4 Weeks

If there was one tough spot for the Avalanche this past weekend in the Rookie Showcase, it was the loss of forward Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen, who left Saturday's contest against the San Jose Sharks early, is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with an ankle injury. As Rantanen recovers, it opens the door for another promising player such as JT Compher.

Butcher Receives Preseason Honor

Denver Pioneers defenseman, Will Butcher, has been named to the 2016-17 NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team. Other members of the team include Brock Boeser (UND), Dylan Gambrell (Denver), Austin Ortega (UNO), Louie Belpedio (Miami), and Cam Johnson (UND).

Other Stories Worth Your Time

Avalanche Prospect Mason Geertsen has Toughness in his Corner - Denver Post

Chris Bigras Confident in Battle to Make Avalanche Roster - BSN Avalanche

News and Notes - 09/17/2016

Avs Prospects Impress in Rookie Showcase

In the opening game of the Rookie Showcase, the Avs prospects defeated a group of prospects from the San Jose Sharks 4-1. Avalanche goals came off the sticks of Chris Bigras, AJ Greer, JT Compher and Nikita Zadorov.

Game Recaps:

Denver Post

Colorado Avalanche

BSN Denver

Q&A with Craig Billington

Interview with Craig Billington on Friday with the Denver Post on the opening day of rookie camp:

Denver Post

News and Notes - 09/13/2016

Avs Hosting Rookie Showcase This Weekend

Announced last month, the Colorado Avalanche will be hosting a three-day tournament this weekend, featuring prospects from the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks in Westminster, CO.

Schedule:

Colorado vs San Jose Sharks - Sept 17 @ 14:00
Colorado vs Anaheim - Sept 18 @ 13:00
Anaheim vs San Jose - Sept 19 @ 14:00

Avs Rookie Camp Opens Friday

In addition to the Rookie Showcase, the Avalanche will open rookie camp on Friday, September 16th at Family Sports in Centennial, CO. Sessions will occur this Friday and next Monday (Sept 19th), in the morning, at 9:15 and 9:45 respectively.

Rookie Showcase Roster by Position

Rookie Showcase Roster by Number

Avs Prospects Signing Tracker - 08/27/2016

Update: Bordeleau signed with the Cardiff Devils (EIHL)

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2016)
Conner Bleackley RED WHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Nick Magyar KIT OHL 6/1, rights expired
Julien Nantel ROU QMJHL 3/9, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Alexis Pepin VAL QMJHL 6/1, rights expired
Kyle Wood NOR OHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Europe (June 1, 2016)
Anton Lindholm SKE SHL 5/24, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
NHL (Two-Way/ELC - July 1, 2016)
Nathan MacKinnon COL NHL 7/8, 7-YR, COL (NHL)
Andreas Martinsen COL NHL 6/24, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Patrick Bordeleau SAN AHL 8/24, 1-YR, Cardiff (EIHL)
Joey Hishon SAN AHL 5/2, 2-YR, Jokerit (KHL)
Taylor Beck SAN AHL 7/4, 1-YR, Edmonton (NHL)
Duncan Siemens SAN AHL 7/15, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Brandon Gormley SAN AHL 7/28, 1-YR, New Jersey (NHL)
Nate Guenin SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Anaheim (NHL)
Sami Aittokallio KAR Liiga UFA, no QO
Ben Street SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Detroit (NHL)
Maxim Noreau SAN AHL 4/25, 2-YR, SC Bern (NLA)
Borna Rendulic SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Vancouver (NHL)
Garrett Meurs FTW ECHL 8/15, 1-YR, Wheeling (ECHL)
Dennis Everberg SAN AHL 5/6, 2-YR, Vaxjo (SHL)
Andrew Agozzino SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, St. Louis (NHL)
Trevor Cheek FTW ECHL 8/18, 1-YR, Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Gabriel Beaupre FTW ECHL 7/18, 1-YR, Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Roman Will SAN AHL 5/10, 1-YR Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech)
Other Signings
JT Compher UM B10 4/25, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Andrei Mironov DM KHL 5/1, 1-YR extension
Sergei Boikov DRU QMJHL 5/27, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Gustav Olhaver SC WHL 5/27, 1-YR, Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit)
AJ Greer ROU QMJHL 7/1, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Reid Petryk SAN AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Trent Vogelhuber LE AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Ryan Stanton HER AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jeremy Smith PRO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Turner Elson STO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jim O'Brien ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Mike Sislo ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Joe Whitney BRI AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Max Pajpach U20 SML 7/25, 1-YR, HK SKP (Slovakia)
Ben Street TOR NHL 8/16, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
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Avs Prospects Signing Tracker - 08/21/2016

Updated: Meurs, Cheek, Smith

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2016)
Conner Bleackley RED WHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Nick Magyar KIT OHL 6/1, rights expired
Julien Nantel ROU QMJHL 3/9, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Alexis Pepin VAL QMJHL 6/1, rights expired
Kyle Wood NOR OHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Europe (June 1, 2016)
Anton Lindholm SKE SHL 5/24, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
NHL (Two-Way/ELC - July 1, 2016)
Nathan MacKinnon COL NHL 7/8, 7-YR, COL (NHL)
Andreas Martinsen COL NHL 6/24, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Patrick Bordeleau SAN AHL UFA
Joey Hishon SAN AHL 5/2, 2-YR, Jokerit (KHL)
Taylor Beck SAN AHL 7/4, 1-YR, Edmonton (NHL)
Duncan Siemens SAN AHL 7/15, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Brandon Gormley SAN AHL 7/28, 1-YR, New Jersey (NHL)
Nate Guenin SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Anaheim (NHL)
Sami Aittokallio KAR Liiga UFA, no QO
Ben Street SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Detroit (NHL)
Maxim Noreau SAN AHL 4/25, 2-YR, SC Bern (NLA)
Borna Rendulic SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Vancouver (NHL)
Garrett Meurs FTW ECHL 8/15, 1-YR, Wheeling (ECHL)
Dennis Everberg SAN AHL 5/6, 2-YR, Vaxjo (SHL)
Andrew Agozzino SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, St. Louis (NHL)
Trevor Cheek FTW ECHL 8/18, 1-YR, Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Gabriel Beaupre FTW ECHL 7/18, 1-YR, Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Roman Will SAN AHL 5/10, 1-YR Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech)
Other Signings
JT Compher UM B10 4/25, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Andrei Mironov DM KHL 5/1, 1-YR extension
Sergei Boikov DRU QMJHL 5/27, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Gustav Olhaver SC WHL 5/27, 1-YR, Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit)
AJ Greer ROU QMJHL 7/1, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Reid Petryk SAN AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Trent Vogelhuber LE AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Ryan Stanton HER AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jeremy Smith PRO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Turner Elson STO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jim O'Brien ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Mike Sislo ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Joe Whitney BRI AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Max Pajpach U20 SML 7/25, 1-YR, HK SKP (Slovakia)
Ben Smith TOR NHL 8/16, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
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Avs Prospects Signing Tracker - 07/31/2016

Update: Gormley, Pajpach

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2016)
Conner Bleackley RED WHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Nick Magyar KIT OHL 6/1, rights expired
Julien Nantel ROU QMJHL 3/9, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Alexis Pepin VAL QMJHL 6/1, rights expired
Kyle Wood NOR OHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Europe (June 1, 2016)
Anton Lindholm SKE SHL 5/24, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
NHL (Two-Way/ELC - July 1, 2016)
Nathan MacKinnon COL NHL 7/8, 7-YR, COL (NHL)
Andreas Martinsen COL NHL 6/24, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Patrick Bordeleau SAN AHL UFA
Joey Hishon SAN AHL 5/2, 2-YR, Jokerit (KHL)
Taylor Beck SAN AHL 7/4, 1-YR, Edmonton (NHL)
Duncan Siemens SAN AHL 7/15, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Brandon Gormley SAN AHL 7/28, 1-YR, New Jersey (NHL)
Nate Guenin SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Anaheim (NHL)
Sami Aittokallio KAR Liiga UFA, no QO
Ben Street SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Detroit (NHL)
Maxim Noreau SAN AHL 4/25, 2-YR, SC Bern (NLA)
Borna Rendulic SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Vancouver (NHL)
Garrett Meurs FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Dennis Everberg SAN AHL 5/6, 2-YR, Vaxjo (SHL)
Andrew Agozzino SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, St. Louis (NHL)
Trevor Cheek FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Gabriel Beaupre FTW ECHL 7/18, 1-YR, Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Roman Will SAN AHL 5/10, 1-YR Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech)
Other Signings
JT Compher UM B10 4/25, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Andrei Mironov DM KHL 5/1, 1-YR extension
Sergei Boikov DRU QMJHL 5/27, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Gustav Olhaver SC WHL 5/27, 1-YR, Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit)
AJ Greer ROU QMJHL 7/1, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Reid Petryk SAN AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Trent Vogelhuber LE AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Ryan Stanton HER AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jeremy Smith PRO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Turner Elson STO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jim O'Brien ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Mike Sislo ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Joe Whitney BRI AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Max Pajpach U20 SML 7/25, 1-YR, HK SKP (Slovakia)

News and Notes - 07/25/2016

Avs, Eagles Strike Four-Year Agreement

After much speculation, it was confirmed by both organizations last week that the Colorado Eagles would become the ECHL affiliate to the Colorado Avalanche for the next four seasons.
I think the goalie union is the greatest and strongest in the world, and when a fellow goalie calls, you pick up the phone and make an appointment to see him,” said Billington, a longtime backup to Avalanche Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, on Wednesday. “That’s really how this got started.
— Reporter-Herald
Pats Pursue Jost

The WHL rights of Avs 2016 first round pick, Tyson Jost, were traded on Friday to the Regina Pats. Jost is expected to play at North Dakota (NCHC) this fall, but Regina remains hopeful.
We fully know what Tyson’s desires are and we respect that immensely,” Pats head coach/GM John Paddock said in a media release. “At some point we will have a conversation with his representatives and him about what we think of him as a player.
— Regina Leader-Post
Storm Named Captain for the 2016-17 St. Cloud State Huskies
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