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Avs Conclude Vegas Rookie Faceoff Versus San Jose

It is the third and final game of the showcase for the rookies

by Dan Vatch /

The Colorado Avalanche concludes the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff on Tuesday with a clash against the San Jose Sharks at 12:30 p.m. MT.

It will be the final matchup in the tournament for both clubs made up of rookies, prospects and invites that are participating in the teams' training camps.

Colorado posted a 7-6 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights and a 5-2 defeat on Saturday at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

Brandon Saigeon, a fifth-round selection (140th overall) in the NHL Draft, leads the team with three goals in the two contests, including a two-goal outing against the Golden Knights. Logan O'Connor netted a pair of markers against Vegas while Matthew Boucher scored in both games.

The San Jose Sharks are coming off a 5-4 victory over Vegas on Sunday and a 4-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Sharks forward Vladislav Kotkov attended Avalanche development camp earlier this summer but was signed by San Jose.

Goaltenders Justus Annunen and Petr Kvaca have both seen time in net during the tournament. Annunen, the third-round pick (64th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft, made 32 saves on 36 shots against the Ducks after stopping seven of eight shots against Vegas. Kvaca, the fourth-round selection (114th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, stopped 15 shots in the loss to the Golden Knights and will get the start versus the Sharks.

"I think the effort has been terrific," said Colorado assistant general manager Craig Billington. "They're all working, and they're all trying to show their best out there. They know they're being evaluated. It's a day-by-day process. This is the early part and a really good tournament to kick start the evaluation process."

The Avs' contest against the Sharks will be streamed live on (blackouts apply).

Avalanche Lineup vs. San Jose Sharks

Ty Lewis - J.C. Beaudin - Martin Kaut
Vladislav Kamenev - Igor Shvyrev - Logan O'Connor
Robbie Holmes - Brandon Saigeon - Nick Henry
Cole Reinhardt - Tim McGauley - R.T. Rice

Sergei Boikov - Josh Anderson
Alex Breton - Matthew Pufahl
Turner Ottenbreit - Nolan De Jong

Petr Kvaca
Justus Annunen

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