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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - August 5th, 2013

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Summer camp has started for Canada's world junior hockey championship.

Summer camp opened Sunday for players hoping to crack the roster of Canada's world junior hockey championship team, but gifted winger Jonathan Drouin was not on the ice.

Drouin, drafted fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in June, was told not to skate at the camp due to a sore foot, although the injury is not considered serious. He had recently been hit in the foot by a puck, a team spokesman said.

Gentleman Rob Blake talks about returning to his roots in Los Angeles.

Blake added that he’s gain some perspective on how the business and management side of hockey works since his retirement.

“Throughout your career you see players move or yourself, or other players that you played with, and you question why they’re moving,” Blake said. “A lot of it has to do with the way teams have to be structured. And it’s a business. It doesn’t matter.

“It’s not a personal agenda, and that takes a player – I think he can never understand that until he’s done in his career – that it wasn’t personal. When you’re playing, it’s personal. It always has been. But when you step back and you watch – I watched it from the league’s side, and now I’m watching it from the team’s side – it’s rarely personal. It’s business.

Want to see some Draft footage from 1990? The link also discusses who was drafted in that class. I must say

the hair is superb…

Both Jagr and Brodeur began their NHL careers on the same day at the 1990 Entry Draft. It was held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, which ironically will host the upcoming NHL Heritage Classic between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators later next season.

Here is some footage from the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Since that draft, their careers have intertwined in one way or another. These two men remain the only active players left in the first round. Besides Jagr (picked 5th overall) and Brodeur (picked 20th), there will be some other names you may be familiar with:

If you were to guess the best active player in the shootout who would you think it was?

The best career shooter who has taken 10 or more shots is former Minnesota Wild defenseman Petteri Nummelin, who went 8-for-10 (.800) in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Among active players who have taken 15 or more shots, the best is Matt Hendricks, now with the Nashville Predators, who is 9-for-15 (60 percent). Raise the bar to 20 attempts and the only player who has connected on more than 50 percent is Islanders center Frans Nielsen (25-for-45, 55.6 percent).

The next-best perfect season was Semyon Varlamov's 8-0 mark for the Colorado Avalanche in 2011-12. The 24-year-old stopped all but two of the 24 shots he faced. He was 1-1 and stopped four of six shots last season.