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Bigras Earns NJT Canada Selection Camp Invite

Hockey Canada announced their selection camp roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship today. Chris Bigras received an invite and is expected to earn a roster spot and play a pivotal role for the Canadians. 

Bigras is off to a quick start for the Owen Sound Attack this season. He has compiled eight goals and 14 assists in 25 games. The selection camp will be held in Toronto from December 11-15. The 2015 World Junior Championship begins on December 26th.

OHL Rosters Announced for Subway Super Series

Days after the WHL announced their rosters, the OHL released their lineups for the upcoming Subway Super Series in November on Tuesday. The Avalanche will be well represented on the OHL side; participants include:

Spencer Martin, Mississauga
Chris Bigras, Owen Sound
Kyle Wood, North Bay

Martin and Bigras are expected to take part of both OHL/Russian Selects games; whereas Wood will only suit up for the second game.

2014 Subway Super Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Monday, November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 11 at Brandon, MB
Game 3 – Thursday, November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 17 at Kingston, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 – Thursday, November 20 at Rimouski, QC

Complete OHL Rosters
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Prospect News and Notes

Pracey Let Go

Thanks to some great work by the folks at Mile High Hockey, we now know that the Avalanche have dismissed Rick Pracey from the organization as its Director of Amateur Scouting. Be sure to look at the comments section from this Mile High Hockey piece, as it seems as though the team has been disappointed in its amateur scouting for some time. Through Pracey was frequently spotted at Avalanche training camp in September.

The lack of success for the Lake Erie Monsters was likely a contributing factor. Plus the Avs European scouting hasn't been much to gloat about recently; the signing of free agents Borna Rendulic, Roman Will and Dennis Everberg aside.

Here is an interesting snipet from Bruce Garrioch's Sunday column:

Odd timing but the Avalanche quietly thanked director of amateur scouting Rick Pracey for his service last week. He has a strong drafting record, but scouts say he has been on the hotseat for awhile. The Avs sent out a notice to all 29 teams last week saying Pracey is no longer with them and is available for hire ...
Source: Ottawa Sun

Monster Recall

News of Semyon Varlamov's placement on injured reserve sent a chill down the spines of Avalanche fans this week. The injury Reto Berra suffered in Thursday's loss against Ottawa certainly did not help. The Avs were forced to recall Calvin Pickard once Varlamov was placed on IR (sending Dennis Everberg down to the Monsters in his stead).

Pickard, a second round pick in 2010, came in for relief of Berra, stopping 23 of 27 shots in his NHL debut. In his first NHL start against Montreal on Saturday, Pickard was solid with a 33 save performance in a 3-2 loss against the Habs.

After the loss to Ottawa on Thursday, the Avs recalled Sami Aittokallio from Lake Erie. Aittokallio backed up Pickard on Saturday in Montreal. Francois Tremblay was recalled from Fort Wayne (ECHL) to the Monsters.

Everberg Gets His First

Dennis Everberg created a bit of a buzz when he made the opening night roster for the Avalanche. Yet, injuries forced the Avs to make some recalls and Everberg was sent down to Cleveland. In his second game with the Monsters, Everberg notched his first professional goal in a 7-2 loss against Chicago on Saturday.

Bleackley to Participate in Subway Super Series

On Thursday, the WHL announced their roster for the upcoming 2014 Subway Super Series, which is set to begin on November 10th. Conner Bleackley was named to the roster.

Complete Schedule:

Game 1 - Monday, November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 - Tuesday, November 11 at Brandon, MB
Game 3 - Thursday, November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 - Monday, November 17 at Kingston, ON
Game 5 - Tuesday, November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 - Thursday, November 20 at Rimouski, QC

Avs CHL Prospects Stats Update

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Monsters Notes

2014-15 Lake Erie Monsters Opening Night Roster

With the regular season underway for the parent club, the Monsters will get their season going tonight, when they pay a visit to rival Grand Rapids at 5:00 PM MST. Here is a look at their opening night roster:

Forwards

Andrew Agozzino
Troy Bourke
Paul Carey
Trevor Cheek
Mitchell Heard
Garrett Meurs
Reid Petryk
Kenny Ryan
Mike Sgarbossa
Colin Smith
Dan Maggio
Joey Hishon
Samuel Henley
Borna Rendulic
Michael Schumacher
Ben Street
Tomas Vincour

Defensemen

Gabe Beaupre
Cody Corbett
Stefan Elliott
Markus Lauridsen
Karl Stollery
Maxim Noreau
Bruno Gervais
Duncan Siemens

Goaltenders

Sami Aittokallio
Calvin Pickard
Roman Will

Lettermen

Wearing the "C" this season for the Monsters will be free agent defenseman Bruno Gervais. Andrew Agozzino and Ben Street will serve as alternate captains.

Monsters Hope Additional Size Will Add to Wins

A year ago, the Monsters roster averaged 6-feet, .04 inches, and 191 pounds. This season, the final roster released Thursday averages 6 feet, .08 inches and 193 pounds.
Small differences in the overall averages, but huge differences when it comes to individual players (two who stand 6-5, for instance). And an enormous difference in the type of game the Monsters hope to play this season.
Size, that most unteachable of qualities, is what Chynoweth hopes will mean a difference this season.
"I think you need a mix," Chynoweth said of the roster makeup. "You need some smaller, skilled guys, you need some bigger guys. You need a good mix. I think we have that this year. We can play physical when we need to, and we can play skilled, as well."

Source: Cleveland.com

Fort Wayne

One player of note missing from the Monsters opening night roster is former Minnesota Gopher, Nate Condon. Condon will begin his professional career with the Komets.

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2014 Prospect Signing Tracker (updated)

Updated:  Martin, Wyman

CHL (June 1, 2014)*

Joseph Blandisi, Barrie (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

Troy Bourke, Prince George (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/29/2014.

Michael Clarke, Peterborough (OHL) -- unsigned (free agent after non-selection in 2014 NHL Entry Draft)

NCAA (August 15, 2014)*

Nate Condon, Minnnesota (Big Ten) -- signed a one-year contact with Lake Erie (AHL) on 09/02/2014.

Luke Moffatt, Michigan (Big Ten) -- signs a tryout with Frölunda (SHL) on 09/03/2014.

Gus Young, Yale (ECAC) -- signed a one-year contract with Worcester (AHL) on 08/19/2014.

*Avs lose rights if players not signed by specified deadline date.

Other Signings/ Transactions

Cody Corbett, Edmonton (WHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/04/2014.

Dennis Everberg, Rögle (SWE) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/16/2014.

Samuel Henley, Val-d'Or (QMJHL) -- signed a three-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 04/28/2014

Roman Will, BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech2) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/15/2014.

Borna Rendulic, HPK (Liiga) -- signed a two-year entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 05/19/2014.

Bruno Gervais, Philadelphia (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Ben Street, Calgary (NHL) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Maxim Noreau, Ambri-Piotta (NLA) -- signed a two-year (one-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/07/2014.

Tomas Vincour, HC Kometa Brno (Czech) -- signed a one-year (two-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 08/29/2014.

Spencer Martin, Mississauga (OHL) -- signed a three-year (two-way) entry level contract with Colorado (NHL) on 10/03/2014.

Expiring NHL Contracts (In the System (two-way contracts)/ Players Coming off ELC)

Tyson Barrie (RFA) -- signed a two-year (one-way) contract with Colorado (NHL) on 09/04/2014.

Paul Carey (RFA) -- signed a one-year (qualifying offer), two-way, contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/15/2014. 

Guillaume Desbiens (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Dornbirner EC (Austria) on 08/01/2014.

Stefan Elliott (RFA) -- signed a one-year (qualifying offer), two-way, contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/15/2014.

Joey Hishon (RFA) -- signed a one-year (qualifying offer), two-way, contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/15/2014.

Matt Hunwick (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with New York (Rangers - NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Bryan Lerg (UFA) -- signed a one-year contact with San Jose (NHL) on 07/10/2014.

Brad Malone (UFA) -- signed a two-year contract with Carolina (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

Kieran Millan (UFA) -- announced retirement from professional hockey on 07/25/2014.

Mark Olver (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Sochi (KHL) on 05/26/2014.

Kent Patterson (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Orlando (ECHL) on 08/04/2014.

Karl Stollery (RFA) -- signed a one-year (qualifying offer), two-way, contract with Colorado (NHL) on 07/15/2014.

David Van der Gulik (UFA) -- signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles (NHL) on 07/01/2014.

J.T. Wyman (UFA) -- participating in training camp with the Utica Comets (AHL).

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