With a great haul of eight new prospect from the draft, the Colorado Avalanche are set to open up Development Camp later this week. The camp will run from the June 25-29 at the Family Sports Center with the group moving to Fort Collins for a three-on-three tournament Friday evening.
This will be the first chance Avs fans get to see first round picks Bowen Byram and Alex Newhook up close. All eight of the prospects selected this past weekend will be in attendance, as well as a few undrafted invitees.
We expect a few more to be added to the development camp roster before Wednesday, but so far there is confirmation that Samuel Regis of the Rouyen-Noranda Huskies and Bryce Kindopp of the Everett Silvertips will be there.
Kindopp is a 20-year old right-winger that finished last season with 39 goals and 79 points in the WHL. Playing in his third WHL season, Kindopp doubled his point production over the previous year and blossomed into a leadership role in Everett. Named an assistant captain in January, Kindopp won the team’s 2018 Iron Man award.
Kindopp was passed over for the third consecutive draft after being ranked 170 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
As for Regis, he’s small, but he’s a smart stay-at-home defenseman coming off of a great first year in the QMJHL. As a 17-year old, Regis played top-4 minutes on one of the best teams in junior hockey – often playing with 2018 first round pick Noah Dobson against the opposition’s best players.
He’s strong on his skates isn’t afraid to get physical with bigger opponents. He was deployed in a very defensive role this season and played on the PK1 for Rouyn-Noranda. He knows his limits and plays a very simple game when the puck is on his stick.
The reason he didn’t get drafted is his foot speed. For a guy his size, you usually want to see someone that can use skating to their advantage. That’s not the case with Regis – yet. He’s very young and definitely worth a look at camp.
“Smart, Smart, Smart. He played a lot of big minutes with Jacob Neveau out of the lineup during the Memorial Cup. After Dobson, he was their most efficient defenseman in the defensive zone during the tournament. He was no intimidated by the big stage” – HO Scout, Jerome Berube