The Avs rookies took to the ice on the final day of rookie camp on Tuesday morning. After running the drills on Monday, Tim Army handed the reins over to fellow assistant coach Andre Tourigny.
Both Army and Tourigny ran a much tighter camp than in the recent past; often interrupting drills to provide instruction.
What continued to be a disappointment was the absence of Joey Hishon who missed his third straight day of rookie camp.
The goalies were more up and down on day three in terms of performance. Sami Aittokallio was strong on many second chance opportunities during the drills. Spencer Martin on the other hand struggled, particularly with shots aimed at his glove side.
The star of the show was Duncan Siemens . The former first rounder has filled out his frame, and showed his fiery side. When he did get beat, he was quick to react and broke up several plays with his stick.
Nathan MacKinnon had a tough morning. His skating is one of his best assets and it forced his opponents to take some "drastic" measures. MacKinnon was tripped up on at least two occasions and took an inadvertent stick to the face from Siemens.
In terms of underrated camp participants, Joseph Blandisi and Paul Carey top the list.
The Avs veterans, who have been running their own scrimmages the last few days, will go through physicals on Wednesday. The rookies and veterans will officially start training camp on Thursday morning.