Quick Takes: Avs Training Camp Day Two

As the rains started to subside in the state of Colorado, a large mass of Avalanche fans gathered at Family Sports to take in the second day of training camp. For the first hour or so, members from Team Black and Team Gray participated in drills ran by head coach Patrick Roy. 

 Avs players make final preparations before morning scrimmage. 

Avs players make final preparations before morning scrimmage. 

The scrimmage belonged to Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly , who dominated nearly every shift on the ice. If there is any animosity between the two players, it certainly did not show on the ice.

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 Blue


Jamie McGinn – Nathan MacKinnon – Steve Downie

Cody McLeod – Colin Smith – PA Parenteau

Paul Carey – Michael Clarke – Mark Olver/ Andrew Agozzino


Tyson Barrie – Matt Hunwick

Gabriel Beaupre – Andre Benoit

Nick Holden – Nat Guenin


Calvin Pickard

Kieran Millan

Kent Patterson

When it was all said and done, Team Black took the scrimmage 5-3. Scoring for the victorious Team Black was Troy Bourke , Ryan O'Reilly ,  Matt Duchene , and Erik Johnson  (2). For Team Blue, Cody McLeod  (2), and Andre Benoit  found the back of the net.

Nathan MacKinnon  perhaps tried to do to much in his first scrimmage in front of Avalanche fans. It clearly showed on the young man's face in interviews after the practice had concluded. Michael Schumacher  had the task of keeping the youngster in check and did a fairly solid job containing MacKinnon.

The Avs still continue to show a lot of faith in Chris Bigras , pairing him with Erik Johnson.  He continues to show his smart defensive instincts, but had a quiet second half to the scrimmage. Yet, quiet doesn't necessarily mean bad. He didn't have any notable mistakes.

Mason Geertsen  continues to show that first impressions are not long lasting. His strong physical presence has been more noticeable than can realistically be displayed during drills. Not only the physical play, but making smart defensive plays with his stick.

 Troy Bourke  was the lucky winger who got to play with Duchene and O'Reilly and he was a good fit; even cashing in on a goal. His fearlessness around the net certainly doesn't hurt.

Training camp concludes on Saturday, before the club heads to Colorado Springs on Sunday for their annual Burgundy & White game.