Before the team even left for the airport, we got a little bad news as Conor Timmins is being held out of the tournament for precautionary reasons after he spent the summer rehabbing from both a concussion and ankle injury.
Word from those who know Conor is that we shouldn’t be overly worried until he misses a day of main camp. Timmins has nothing to prove against the rookies, so it makes sense that the team would be cautious with one of their top prospects. We should know a lot more when team physicals take place next Thursday.
You’re probably already aware of the roster the Avs will be bringing to Vegas, but in case you missed it, the complete list is here.
Tonight, the Golden Knights will be icing a pretty exciting team that was mostly built through their haul of high draft picks from the 2017 NHL Entry draft.
Cody Glass, Erik Brannstrom, Nick Suzuki and Nic Hague were all selected int he top-32 picks of the draft while Jake Leschyshyn was selected at the end of the second round.
What to watch for
One player that has a lot to prove this week is former DU forward Logan O’Connor. Many onlookers were surprised he got an NHL contract. The team seems to be higher on the kid than most, so it will be interesting to see how he performs as he steps up to the next level.
We should also be looking for two of the Russians to dominate. Vladislav Kamenev and Sergei Boikov are two players that have a very good chance of being with the Avalanche when the regular season begins. If that’s the case, they should stand out against the youngsters at the rookie tournament.
Of course, this will be our first chance to see Martin Kaut in an Avs jersey. The organization is incredibly high on their most recent first round pick, let’s see how quickly he can acclimatize himself to the North American professional game.
How to Watch
For those in then local market, the game will be airing on the Avs’ official site. The game is also believed to be available to all NHL.tv subscribers.
For those outside of the region, you can listen to the game on Altitude 950.