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Inside The Avs Rookie Tournament Roster

A closer look at the young players that will be on display at San Jose's Prospect Showcase

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Before training camp begins, Colorado Avalanche rookies, prospects and other invitees will participate in the San Jose Sharks Prospect Showcase on Sept. 9-12.

The club released its roster for the tournament on Friday, and below is a closer look at the young talent that will be representing the Avs in San Jose.

Forwards

Travis Barron: Barron was named captain of the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's on Oct. 15. He registered 34 points (13 goals and 21 assists) in 59 contests with the team, finishing sixth on the 67's in scoring. He added one goal in four playoff contests.

J.C. Beaudin: Beaudin recorded 30 goals and 50 assists during 65 games in his third full season with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He finished the season ranked first on the team in assists, second in goals and tied for first in total points. He also added 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) in the postseason before his team was eliminated in the second round. Beaudin inked his entry-level deal with the Avalanche on March 6.

J.T. Compher:  Compher spent the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Rampage before his recall to the Avalanche on March 1. At the time of his call-up, Compher was leading the Rampage in scoring with 30 points (13 goals and 17 assists) in 41 games. The forward scored his first NHL goal, a game-winner, on March 15, and he went on to record a total of five points (three goals and two assists) in 21 contests with Colorado. Compher was also chosen to represent Team USA for the second year in a row at the IIHF World Championship in May.

A.J. Greer: Greer split time last season with the Avalanche and its American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. He played in five games with the Avs and registered his first and only NHL point (assist) on Nov. 17. With the Rampage, he dressed in 63 contests and tallied 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists). The forward finished second on the team in both points and goals. Greer was named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic and was also honored as the AHL's Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to his community.

Tyson Jost:  Jost played a full season with the University of North Dakota before making his NHL debut with the Avalanche. He tallied 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 33 games with UND, ranking second on the team in scoring and third among conference freshmen. Midway through his collegiate season, the Canadian represented his home country at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in January. He registered four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games to help Team Canada capture a silver medal. Jost, who was selected 10th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, made his professional debut on March 31 with Colorado, two days after he signed his entry-level contract. He played in the Avs' final six games and scored his first NHL goal on April 6.

Alexander Kerfoot: Kerfoot, a 2017 graduate of Harvard University, finished his senior season as captain of the Crimson. He generated 45 points (16 goals and 29 assists) in 36 games, finishing tied for first on his team in points, second in assists, and tied for second among his teammates with a plus-20 rating. Kerfoot signed with the Avalanche as an NCAA free agent on Aug. 23.

Ty Lewis: After winning a Western Hockey League championship in 2016, Lewis finished his second season with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings with 68 points (30 goals and 38 assists). The Brandon, Manitoba, native led his team in assists and ranked second in points. Lewis also appeared in four playoff games with the Wheat Kings and added three assists. He joins the Avalanche on an amateur tryout.

Sami Moilanen: Moilanen finished his rookie season with the Seattle Thunderbirds with a WHL championship. Moilanen collected 21 goals and 22 assists in 70 regular-season games with Seattle, ranking first among team rookies in points, goals and assists. Moilanen also played in 20 playoff matches, recording 16 points (seven goals, nine assists). He'll be on the Avs' roster in San Jose on an amateur tryout.

Julien Nantel: Nantel spent the majority of this past season with the San Antonio Rampage while also seeing some time with the ECHL's Colorado Eagles. He tallied eight points (five goals and three assists) in 59 games with San Antonio. Nantel skated in five games with the Eagles during the regular season, collecting two goals, before joining the club for its postseason run. He played in 20 ECHL playoff games and scored 16 points (eight goals and eight assists) to help the team to a Kelly Cup championship.

Gustav Olhaver: Olhaver spent last season in the Sweden competing with Rogle BK's junior team. He collected 15 goals and 23 assists in 38 games during the regular season, and he scored one goal during Rogle BK's playoff run. Olhaver also registered one assist in 10 games that he played with Rogle's pro team in the Swedish Hockey League.

Hugo Roy: In his second full year with the team, Roy led the QMJHL's Sherbrooke Phoenix as team captain. He accrued 26 assists and finished first among his teammates with 34 goals in 68 games. At the end of the season, Roy was awarded the Frank J. Selke award as the QMJHL Most Sportsmanlike Player. He'll be playing with Colorado on an amateur tryout.

Brady Shaw: Shaw finished his senior year at the University of Vermont before joining the San Antonio Rampage this past season. The Ottawa, Ontario, native played in 34 contests with UVM and registered eight goals and 11 assists. Shaw played in six games with the Rampage at the end the season. He'll be suiting up for the Rampage again this year and will join the Avs at the Prospect Showcase on an amateur tryout.

Shawn St-Amant: St-Amant began the season with the San Antonio Rampage and ended the season with the ECHL's Colorado Eagles. He registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in 28 games with the Rampage. St-Amant then played in 35 regular season contests with the Eagles and tallied 13 goals and 15 assists. The forward played in 18 playoff games with Colorado, earning 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and helping the team capture the Kelly Cup championship. He's on a professional tryout with the Avalanche during training camp.

Ben Storm: Storm finished his senior year at St. Cloud State University by recording four assists in 29 games. After his team was ousted by North Dakota in the NCHC Quarterfinals, Storm signed an amateur tryout with the San Antonio Rampage on March 18 and made his professional debut on April 1. He went on to play in seven games with the Avs' AHL affiliate. Storm became a college free agent on Aug. 15 and joins the Avalanche on an amateur tryout.

Dominic Toninato: Toninato played in 42 games last season as captain for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. He tallied 27 points (16 goals and 11 assists) and finished with a team-high plus-25 rating. He helped the Bulldogs earn their first-ever NCHC conference title and eventually a trip to the NCAA championship game. Toninato was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team and named the league's best defensive forward after finishing with 29 blocked shots. The Avalanche signed the college free agent to a two-year, entry-level contract on Aug. 16.

Defensemen

Josh Anderson: Anderson scored three goals and tallied eight assists in 69 contests during his third full season with the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars. He also appeared in all six of the Cougars' playoff matches, finishing with a plus-1 rating.

Gage Ausmus: Ausmus finished his senior year at the University of North Dakota as team captain. He played in 38 contests for UND, registering two goals and seven assists. Ausmus signed with the Colorado Eagles on Aug. 1 and joins the Avs on an amateur tryout.

Chris Bigras: Bigras only played in 45 games with the San Antonio Rampage last season due to various injuries. In that time, he recorded five goals and 14 assists. Bigras, who was drafted 32nd overall by Colorado in the 2013 NHL Draft, played 31 NHL games with the Avs during the 2015-16 season.

Sergei Boikov: Boikov spent the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Rampage and Colorado Eagles. The defenseman appeared in 63 contests and registered 16 points (three goals and 13 assists) with the Rampage and played in seven games with the Eagles, where he tallied a goal and an assist. Boikov also appeared in 18 playoff games with the Eagles, recording three goals and seven assists to help his team to an ECHL championship.

Nolan De Jong: De Jong notched 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 34 matches during his senior year at the University of Michigan. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenseman led the Wolverines as team captain last season and is on Colorado's roster as an amateur tryout.

Thomas Gregoire: Gregoire finished his third year in the QMJHL with the Sherbrooke Phoenix last season. He had a team-leading 64 points, tallying 10 goals and 54 assists in 64 games. Gregoire joins the Avalanche on an amateur tryout.

Anton Lindholm: Lindholm recorded 13 points (two goals and 11 assists) in 62 games with the San Antonio Rampage last year before making the jump with the Avs. He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche on March 15 and stayed with the club for 12 games during the 2016-17 season. He rejoined the Rampage for its season finale and, despite the games he missed while in the NHL, finished third among San Antonio defensemen in points.

Nicolas Meloche: Meloche started the year in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques before being acquired by the Charlottetown Islanders on Dec. 22. He recorded a total of 47 points (16 goals and 31 assists) in 61 regular season games with the two teams. He added three goals and four assists in 13 postseason matches before his team was eliminated in the QMJHL semifinals. He was named to the QMJHL All-Star Team for the Super Series versus Russia's junior select team for the second year in a row. Meloche signed his entry-level contract with the Avalanche on March 6.

Andrei Mironov: Mironov registered four points (one goal and three assists) in 18 games for Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League last year. He then added three assists in nine postseason games. After the season, Mironov tallied one goal in six games to help Team Russia to a bronze medal at the World Championship. Mironov, who was selected by Colorado in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Avs on May 12.

Conor Timmins: The Avalanche 2017 second-round draft selection (No. 32 overall) spent last year in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Timmins recorded 61 points (seven goals and 54 assists) in 67 games during the regular season. He led the club in assists and ranked first among teammates with a plus-53 rating. He tallied an additional eight points (one goal and seven assists) in 11 playoff games.

Goaltenders

Petr Kvaca: The Colorado Avalanche's fourth selection in the 2017 NHL Draft spent last season in the Czech tier II pro hockey league. Kvaca appeared in 29 games with Ceske Budejovice, and he recorded three shutouts and finished with a league-best 1.41 goals-allowed average while posting a .940 save percentage. He earned a 1.31 goals-allowed average and .943 save percentage in the postseason helped his team win the league championship. He also appeared in seven matchups on loan with Benatky nad Jizerou and had a 2.82 goals-allowed average and .917 save percentage.

 

Francis Leclerc: Leclerc played in 30 matches last season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. He finished with a 15-12 record and posted a .908 save percentage and 2.31 goals-allowed average, the latter of which earned him the Jacques Plante Trophy for QMJHL's best goals-allowed average. He'll be suiting up for Colorado on an amateur tryout.

Spencer Martin: Martin spent most of last season with the San Antonio Rampage but did see some time with the Avalanche. He appeared in 50 games for San Antonio and earned a 2.90 goals-allowed average and .904 save percentage. At the time of his first NHL recall, Martin was tied for the AHL lead in wins (eight) and boasted a 2.21 goals-allowed average and a .924 save percentage. He played in three games with the Avalanche and finished with a 4.35 goals-allowed average and .865 save percentage.

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