Inclement weather didn't keep all the fans away as the Colorado Avalanche opened their annual training camp on Thursday morning. Patrick Roy and the coaching staff divided the 54 players into three teams: Gray, Blue and Black.
Some absences included Joey Hishon (groin), Dillon Donnelly , David van der Gulik (unknown), and Lee Moffie . Donnelly, a former Colorado Avalanche draftee, had attended rookie camp on an amateur tryout. Moffie is part of the organization on an AHL deal.
The Blue team, which features Nathan MacKinnon started training camp by completing a series of drills directed by head coach Patrick Roy. Upon completion, the Blue team was done for the day. The Black and Gray teams participated in a scrimmage that featured two 40 minute periods with a running clock. Power plays were replaced by penalty shots.
Trevor Cheek -- Paul Stastny -- Garrett Meurs
Gabriel Landeskog -- Michael Sgarbossa -- Alex Tanguay
Joseph Blandisi -- Mitchell Heard -- JT Wyman
Ryan Wilson -- Stefan Elliott
Cory Sarich -- Duncan Siemens
Mikael Tam -- Markus Lauridsen
Ryan O'Reilly -- Matt Duchene -- Troy Bourke
Bryan Lerg -- John Mitchell -- Patrick Bordeleau
Michael Schumacher -- Brad Malone -- Gabriel Desjardins/ Guillaume Desbiens
Erik Johnson -- Chris Bigras
Jan Hejda -- Mason Geertsen
Karl Stollery -- Daniel Maggio
Team Gray won the scrimmage 6-3. The Gray team received goals from Stefan Elliott, Trevor Cheek, Alex Tanguay, Michael Sgarbossa, Cory Sarich, and Paul Stastny. Scores from Team Black came from Mason Geertsen , Matt Duchene , and Ryan O'Reilly.
Chris Bigras continued his strong play from rookie camp. He has very good anticipation to sniff out plays, but he of course isn't perfect and did have a couple of turnovers in the scrimmage.
Mason Geertsen , who opened the scoring in the scrimmage, was more physical and assertive than he had show during rookie camp.
Speaking of physical, Mikael Tam had a dangerous hit on Duchene that resulted in a boarding penalty. Duchene seemed unaffected, but the hit certainly raised the ire of the Avalanche fans in attendance.
Day two of training camp should afford Avalanche fans an opportunity to see MacKinnon in action.