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2018-19 Colorado Avalanche Training Camp Roster

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and a full breakdown of the season before the actual season

NHL: Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche
Nov 16, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) makes a save on Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) in the second period at the Pepsi Center.
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54 players will step onto the ice on Friday September 15th to kick off the Colorado Avalanche’s training camp. There are 31 forwards, 18 defensemen, and five goaltenders at camp.

AHLer Cody Bass — formerly from the Nashville Predators organization — has signed a Professional Try-Out (PTO) with the club. Matthew Bouchard, who played for the Avalanche in the Vegas Rookie Faceoff over the past four days, has also joined the camp on an Amateur Try-Out (ATO).

There is no commitment on players with PTOs and ATOs, any of the 31 teams can sign him at any time.

Veteran Rule

For preseason games, the NHL has a “veteran rule” in order to have a competitive product during those training games. Pension Plan Puppets did a nice quick rundown of the rules, which are outlined below.

  • Skaters who played 30 NHL games the previous year
  • Goalies who dressed in 50 NHL games or played in 30 NHL games the previous year
  • Any player who has played 100 or more NHL games
  • A current year first round pick

20 skaters, 2 goaltenders, and Martin Kaut are considered “veterans” for the Avalanche.

Training Camp Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 12

No scheduled player events

Colorado Eagles Head Coach Greg Cronin Introduction

Public fan event at The Summit - Windsor, Colorado - 5:30 p.m. MT

Thursday, Sept. 13

Avalanche veteran medical and physical testing

Friday, Sept. 14

Training Camp at Family Sports Center

Group 1 on ice: 8:45-10:15 a.m. MT

Group 2 on ice: 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MT

Saturday, Sept. 15

Training Camp at Family Sports Center

Group 2 on ice: 8:45-10:15 a.m. MT

Group 1 on ice: 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MT

Sunday, Sept. 16

Training Camp at Family Sports Center

Group 1 on ice: 8:45-10:15 a.m. MT

Group 2 on ice: 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MT

Monday, Sept. 17

Training Camp at Family Sports Center

Group 2 on ice: 8:45-10:15 a.m. MT

Group 1 on ice: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. MT

According to the Avalanche official website, “all Avalanche practices at Family Sports Center are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates and times are subject to change, and the club will announce its full training camp roster at a later date.”

Preseason Games

Tue. Sept. 18, vs VEGAS 7:00 p.m. Denver (Pepsi Center)

Sat. Sept. 22, at Minnesota 4:00 p.m. St. Paul (Xcel Energy Center)

Mon. Sept. 24, at Vegas 8:00 p.m. Las Vegas (T-Mobile Arena)

Wed. Sept. 26, vs DALLAS 7:00 p.m. Denver (Pepsi Center)

Fri. Sept. 28, vs MINNESOTA 7:00 p.m. Denver (Pepsi Center)

Sun. Sept. 30, at Dallas 4:00 p.m. Dallas (American Airlines Center)

The Roster

The Avalanche made a handy PDF for your viewing pleasure.

Some Fun Stats

  • 20 of the 54 players were acquired via the Draft.
  • 5 of the 54 players are 1st round picks.
  • 12 of the 54 players joined the team as Free Agents.
  • 4 of the 54 players joined the team through Waivers.
  • 38 of the 54 players are left-handed.
  • The roster has 15 centers, 11 left wingers, and 7 right wingers listed (some overlap).
  • If it means anything, 16 players are under six feet tall.
  • 26 players played in the NHL last season (for Colorado, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Washington)