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Avalanche Releases Roster For 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff

Colorado will send 29 prospects to compete in Las Vegas

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche revealed its 29-player roster for the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff on Friday, and three players from the team's 2018 draft are expected to participate.

Avalanche 2018 draft picks Martin Kaut (No. 16 overall), Justus Annunen (No. 64 overall) and Brandon Saigeon (No. 140 overall) will join six other players that have been selected by the club in the last four years, including four members of the 2017 draft class: Conor Timmins (No. 32 overall), Nick Henry (No. 94), Petr Kvaca (No. 114) and Igor Shvyrev (No. 125 overall).

Colorado's lineup for the rookie tournament is made up of team rookies and prospects, camp invitees and amateur tryouts. Other recent Avs draftees are unable to attend due to NCAA eligibility or prior commitments with their European teams.

Overall, 19 of the 29 players on Colorado's roster also participated in the team's summer development camp in June and July. The Avalanche will have eight players on the team that also took part in last year's rookie tournament in San Jose and five skaters who have skated in the last two seasons' prospect events.

The roster also includes several of its newly-signed players with the club in Kaut, Shvyrev, Timmins, Josh Anderson, Travis Barron, Josh Dickinson and former University of Denver captain Logan O'Connor.

Vlaidslav Kamenev is the lone player with NHL experience at the tournament for the Avs. Kamenev, who was acquired on Nov. 5 from the Nashville Predators, has played five career contests in the league, three coming with Colorado last season.

The 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff is from Sept. 8-11 at the Vegas Golden Knights' practice facility, City National Arena. Top young players from the Avalanche, Golden Knights, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks will each play three exhibition games over the four days. Tickets can be found at

Prior to traveling to southern Nevada, the Avs rookies will hold a practice at Family Sports Center in Centennial, Colorado, on Friday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. The team begins the showcase with a back-to-back set, beginning with an outing on Saturday, Sept. 8 versus the host Golden Knights at 8 p.m. MT. The Avalanche plays the Ducks on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. MT.

Colorado has a practice scheduled in Vegas on Monday, Sept. 10 and will wrap up the tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 11 versus the San Jose Sharks.

The Avs begins its four-day main NHL camp with rookies and veterans on Sept. 14 at Family Sports Center.

VIEW: PDF version of Avalanche rookie tournament roster

2018 Avalanche Rookie Tournament Roster

Vegas Rookie Faceoff (Sept. 8-11)

  Forwards (17)  
25 Logan O'Connor RW
40 Josh Dickinson C
43 Igor Shvyrev C
46 J.C. Beaudin C
51 Cole Ully (AHL contract) LW
61 Martin Kaut RW
65 Ty Lewis LW
67 Tim McGauley (AHL contract) C
70 Nick Henry RW
71 R.T. Rice (ECHL contract) RW
73 Travis Barron LW
80 Brandon Saigeon C
86 Matthew Boucher (ATO) LW
88 Michael Joly (AHL contract) RW
89 Cole Reinhardt (ATO) LW
90 Robbie Holmes (ATO) LW
91 Vladislav Kamenev C
  Defensemen (10)  
18 Conor Timmins D
41 Nicolas Meloche D
42 Sergei Boikov D
59 Matthew Pufahl (AHL contract) D
62 Nolan De Jong (ECHL contract) D
76 Josh Anderson D
79 Turner Ottenbreit (AHL contract) D
82 Kevin Davis (AHL contract) D
84 Sean Strange (ATO) D
93 Alex Breton (ATO) D
  Goaltenders (2)  
60 Petr Kvaca G
75 Justus Annunen G
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