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Colorado Avalanche Rookie Camp is here!

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Hockey is so close to being back, I can almost taste the botched goalie interference calls.

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Anyone know who this is and from what year it’s from? I’m blank.

So, it’s here. The kids are back from their vacations, school cooks are getting weekly meal plans ready for the hoards of youngsters, teachers have decompressed, ready for the next year’s challenges, supplies have been bought and the blades have been sharpened.

It can only mean one thing; hockey is back! What did you think I was talking about?

NHL All-Star Community Garden Project
Volunteers participate in the NHL All-Star Community Garden Project at Clair Mel Elementary School on January 24, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.
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My first sense that hockey is back, is the first weekend of Rookie Camp. Reporters are at the rink, getting quotes, fans are adjusting their trade proposals, and there’s actual video of competitive hockey going on between players will NHL uniforms on!

The same morning that this article goes live, the Colorado Avalanche unofficially kick off their training camp with a weekend devoted to the prospects in the organization. 29 young players compiled out of a list of drafted and traded-for prospects, players signed to AHL and ECHL contracts, and camp invitees looking for jobs will face-off against the Vegas Golden Knights, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas, Nevada. There should be a way to watch these games, follow our Twitter feed for details. Before the tournament, fans will get a chance to watch the rookies practice at the Family Sports Center at 9:30am local.

Three of the organization’s most recent big additions will also be in attendance and will give Avs fans (and management) a brief taste of what they can do on the ice before the real camp begins.

First-round pick Martin Kaut has flown in from his native land in the Czech Republic, and will begin to put down roots as he prepares for a season with the AHL Colorado Eagles.

United States v Czech Republic: Bronze Medal Game - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Martin Kaut #16 of Czech Republic with the puck as Trent Frederic #34 of United States defends in the first period during the Bronze Medal Game of the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center on January 5, 2018 in Buffalo, New York.
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Intriguing goalie prospect Justus Annunen is also in town. Goalies aren’t usually taken with high picks, so there should be a lot of interest to see what this 18-year-old third-round pick in 2018 can do in his first North American games. Annunen is years away, but I, for one, am always interested to see how a goalie matures over the years.

22-year-old Vladislav Kamenev will also be in attendance. Avalanche fans have already gotten a look at the second-round pick prospect Joe Sakic stole away from the Nashville Predators in the Matt Duchene trade (thanks again, Ottawa!). Kamenev has an outside shot at the NHL club, and with his size, speed, and shot, there’s a lot to like.

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Nashville Predators left wing Vladislav Kamenev (91) works for the puck in the corner against Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel
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You can see the full list of prospects, that includes players like Conor Timmins, Brandon Saigeon, Igor Shyvrev, and some guy named Sean Strange, in the link below.

If you want to read more about these prospects, check out our Top 25 Under 25 series that looks at all the players in the Avalanche organization that are under the age of 25 and ranks them. As a bonus, we provide scouting reports, a look at how the players are progressing as well as video.

Poll

How many rookies at camp this weekend will make the NHL?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    <2
    (62 votes)
  • 33%
    2-4
    (61 votes)
  • 18%
    4-6
    (33 votes)
  • 5%
    >6
    (10 votes)
  • 7%
    All of them because the Avs are the best organization in the world and we don’t make mistakes.
    (14 votes)
180 votes total Vote Now