Quick Takes: Avs Training Camp Day One

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. 

Training Camp Teams

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.

 Avs players scrimmage on the opening day of training camp. 

Avs players scrimmage on the opening day of training camp. 

Team Gray 

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

Semyon Varlamov

Sami Aittokallio

Team Black 

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

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Spencer Martin

Team Gray won the scrimmage 6-3. The Gray team received goals from  Stefan ElliottTrevor CheekAlex TanguayMichael SgarbossaCory 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.