Good morning all. We’re in the calm before the storm begins with Rookie Camp opening on Friday and even tho’ the Avs are still working on their main Summer tasks of signing Big Z and engineering a solution to the Duchene situation, there’s nothing solid to report on either front. For now. Also lurking in the background is official news on the Avs AHL affiliation for next year and what, if anything, the St Louis Blues will be contributing to the San Antonio Rampage for this season. Like we’ve been saying since April, stay tuned.
In spite of all that there are Avalanche players doing things on the ice. Family Sports has ice time blocked out for Captain’s Practices Tuesday through Thursday, I believe at 10am, so if you’re looking for something to do stop by and say hi. Some of the youngsters have been competing already in the CHL and elsewhere, here’s what we’ve dug up.
- Igor Shvyryev has been playing very sparingly with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL but does have a goal to his credit. Our man Rudo is on the case and if anything notable happens he’ll make sure you’re the first to know
- The PG Cougars scored a 2-1 pre-season win yesterday over the Calgary Hitmen thanks to killing 6 out of 7 penalties. That’s a specialty of Avs prospect Josh Anderson so safe to say he came up big there.
- Conor Timmins and the Soo Grehounds dropped a 4-3 decision to Saginaw last night, also pre-season. Timmins had an assist and 3 SOG along with somehow taking a faceoff along the way.
More on all of this as it becomes available and get your rest now, things get hectic quick. The Rookie Showcase begins on Saturday with the Avs prospects taking on San Jose in San Jose. Thanks to the Sharks we will be able to watch this via their website so keep an eye out for the 1st GDT of the season in the hours leading up to the game. The Game vs Arizona next Monday will also be viewable on their website.