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Avs Prospects Head to Anaheim Rookie Faceoff

Colorado has exhibition games against Vegas, Los Angeles and Arizona

by Kate Reed /

Colorado Avalanche prospects are heading to Southern California this weekend to compete in the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff.

This will be the fourth tournament that Colorado prospects have attended after hosting and winning the inaugural Avalanche Rookie Showcase in 2016.

In addition to the Avs, this year's Rookie Faceoff includes the host Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights, and each club will play three exhibition games over the course of four days. The contests are set to be a comparable format to a standard NHL game, including three, 20-minute periods with full stoppages and penalties.

The tournament will run from Sept. 7-10 at Great Park Ice in Irvine, California. The Avalanche opens the tournament against the Golden Knights on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. MT and then plays the Kings on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. MT. Following a practice day on Monday, the team's final game will be against Arizona on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. MT. All Avs games will be streamed online for in-market fans on, with Altitude Sports Radio's Conor McGahey on the call.

Last year, the same six teams competed against one another at the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff. The Ducks came out on top, ending the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record after beating Los Angeles, Colorado and Arizona. The Avs finished 1-2 in 2018 after losing to Anaheim and Vegas but coming out on top versus San Jose. Colorado will have a rematch with the Golden Knights at this year's rookie showcase.

The Avs' 29-man roster for the tournament includes five members of the club's 2019 draft class and a selection of players from the three drafts prior as well. The full roster is comprised of rookies, prospects, amateur tryouts and players on American Hockey League contracts. Much of the squad is already signed and will likely play with the Avalanche or in the AHL with the Colorado Eagles next season.

For many of the Avs heading to California this weekend, the Rookie Faceoff is a familiar setting. Eleven of the players skated in the 2018 tournament in Vegas and four were also at the 2017 tournament in San Jose. Additionally, 21 of the 29 prospects participated in the Avalanche's development camp in June.

Brandon Saigeon, the star of the Avs rookie team in 2018, will return this year to Irvine. Saigeon recorded at least one goal in all three games in 2018 and ended the showcase with five goals overall. The 2018 fifth-round draft pick of Colorado spent five seasons in the OHL before signing a contract with the Eagles this past summer.

Earlier this week, the Avs added goaltender Hunter Miska to the roster. Miska signed an AHL contract with the Eagles in July after playing with the Tucson Roadrunners for the past two seasons. Prior to that, Miska played at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The addition means that forward Logan O'Connor is no longer the only player on the roster with NHL experience as Miska saw game action with the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 13, 2018.

Included on the Colorado Rookie Faceoff roster is the team's 2019 top draft pick, defenseman Bowen Byram. Selected at No. 4 overall, the 18-year-old has played with the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants for the past two seasons and has also competed at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship in Russia and the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Canada Red. Byram finished his 2018-19 season with 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists). He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Avs on July 19 and is a player to keep an eye on throughout the weekend and as training camp progresses

Other players to watch in Southern California include defenseman Conor Timmins--who sat out last season with a head injury--No. 16 overall pick in 2018 Martin Kaut and 2017 No. 28 overall pick Shane Bowers. Each are currently signed to entry-level deals and could potentially play for the Avs during the regular season.

Before heading to Irvine, the Colorado rookies will practice in Centennial, Colorado, on Friday at 9:30 a.m. MT at Family Sports Center. This practice is open to the public.

Avalanche 2019 Rookie Camp Schedule

Friday, Sept. 6

Rookies practice - 9:30 a.m. MDT
Family Sports Center (Centennial, Colo.)

Saturday, Sept. 7

Rookies vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 1 p.m. PDT
FivePoint Arena (Rink 4) - Great Park Ice (Irvine, Calif.)

Sunday, Sept. 8

Rookies vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1 p.m. PDT
FivePoint Arena (Rink 4) - Great Park Ice (Irvine, Calif.)

Monday, Sept. 9

Rookies practice - 9 a.m. PDT
FivePoint Arena (Rink 4) - Great Park Ice (Irvine, Calif.)

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Rookies vs. Arizona Coyotes - 11 a.m. PDT
FivePoint Arena (Rink 4) - Great Park Ice (Irvine, Calif.


PDF: Numerical Roster | PDF: Positional Roster

2019 Avalanche Rookie Tournament Roster

Anaheim Rookie Faceoff (Sept. 7-10)

30 Adam Werner G
32 Hunter Miska^ G
35 Trent Miner G
20 Conor Timmins D
26 Sasha Larocque^ D
45 Bowen Byram D
58 Peter Tischke^ D
69 Nolan Kneen* D
76 Josh Anderson D
78 Wyatt McLeod* D
82 Kevin Davis^ D
87 Samuel Regis* D
14 Shane Bowers C
25 Logan O'Connor RW
40 Josh Dickinson C
43 Igor Shvyrev C
50 Luka Burzan C/RW
55 Joe Wegwerth LW
61 Martin Kaut RW
63 Felix Lauzon* C
64 Logan Barlage* C
65 Ty Lewis LW
68 Bryce Kindopp* RW
70 Nick Henry RW
73 Travis Barron LW
74 Alex Beaucage RW
80 Brandon Saigeon^ C
84 Sasha Mutala RW
85 Navrin Mutter* LW


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