CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche prospects began the second day of development camp in the same small groups as it had the previous day, but they all came together for their first full-team practice on Monday afternoon.
All 28 players on the camp roster participated in the two-hour session that incorporated more of the drills that both the Avalanche and the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles work on throughout the season.
The players were split into four groups for the morning sessions, with two units comprising of forwards and two made up of defensemen and goaltenders. The Avs prospects alternated between focusing on skill and development drills on the ice and putting some time in the weight room as well.
"We've been focusing a lot on edge work the last couple days, all that one-legged stuff and all of the holds and stuff like that," said forward Alex Newhook. "Kind of getting comfortable with your edges, inside and outside edges and eventually can lead to helping players become way better skaters."
Camp continues on Tuesday with small on-ice sessions in the morning before a three-on-three scrimmage on Tuesday night.
PRACTICE LINE COMBINATIONS
15 Shane Bowers - 18 Alex Newhook - 27 Oskar Olausson
75 Sampo Ranta - 93 Jean-Luc Foudy - 74 Alex Beaucage
58 Matt Boucher - 51 Ryan Hofer - 86 Sasha Mutala
63 Andras Wingerli - 64 Benjamin Tardif - 57 Tarun Fizer
54 Matej Kaslik - 53 Jack O'Brien - 68 Callahan Burke
70 Nick Henry*
4 Bowen Byram - 72 Justin Barron
45 Charle-Edouard D'Astous - 84 Nate Clurman
62 Mitchell Smith - 47 Graham Sward
46 Miles Gendron - 55 Rhett Rhinehart
89 Nicolas Savoie
60 Justus Annunen
50 Trent Miner
42 Peyton Jones
* - Denotes non-contact participant
Forward Shane Bowers on being a leader at camp: "This is kind of my third or fourth camp, and I can lead by example. I know the coaching staffs on both ends and I know the drills so I can be a leader in that sense, but for me too I think this is an opportunity for me to get better and get prepared for main camp coming up. We have this week and then rookie tournament leading right into main camp so I am just trying to prepare the best I can and be prepared for the main camp when it comes."
Video: Bowers during the Avalanche's 2021 development camp
Forward Alex Newhook on getting ready for his first rookie tournament: "I think it's a great experience and great opportunity to get in here and be involved with rookie camp. Get my legs under me, as well as everyone else here, to kind of get comfortable with being in Denver with the altitude and kind of get back in game shape. Obviously, my goal is to make the opening roster, so I think that's kind of my mindset even at rookie camp here. Try to make an impression and try to establish myself early and kind of help the younger guys as well in their first camps, even though its kind of mine too. I think being around the organization and being able to help some younger guys is a big part of it for me too."
Video: Forward Alex Newhook during development camp
Defenseman Justin Barron on playing a few games with the Eagles at the end of last season: "I think it just gave me my first taste of pro hockey. The jump is pretty big. I went from playing teenagers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and now you are playing full-grown men. The game is a lot faster, and I think it was really good for me to get up and get a little bit of experience and get my feet wet and I think it's definitely helped me so far this camp and hopefully I can carry that into main camp next week."
Video: Justin Barron during his first Avs development camp