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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 10

Many of Colorado's prospects begin regular-season play

by Taylor Hodapp / ColoradoAvalanche.com

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage opened the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win at home against the Ontario Reign.

Samuel Blais and Jordan Schmaltz recorded goals for the Rampage, while Avalanche prospects Andrew Agozzino, Gabriel Bourque and Rocco Grimaldi picked up assists. Goaltender Spencer Martin finished with 18 saves on 19 shots.

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Colorado Eagles To Become AHL Affiliate Of The Avalanche

Avs sign affiliation agreement with northern neighbors in Loveland

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club, in conjunction with the American Hockey League and the Colorado Eagles, announced today that the Eagles will serve as the Avalanche's AHL affiliate beginning with the 2018-19 season.

The AHL Board of Governors formally approved league expansion at their 2017 Annual Meeting in July, with the Eagles officially becoming the 31st AHL franchise today. The San Antonio Rampage will remain Colorado's AHL affiliate for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign, while the Eagles will spend one more year as the Avalanche's ECHL affiliate.

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Avalanche Rookies Show "Compete" At Prospect Showcase

Colorado closed the 2017 rookie tournament with a loss to the Anaheim Ducks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--At this point of the season when the contests don't matter in the standings--the preseason doesn't even begin for another week--wins and losses aren't the most important things on NHL teams minds.

It's more about developing players and engraining the system that they want to play in their minds. That way when the regular season does arrive, everyone is on the same page for the 82-game marathon.

The Colorado Avalanche was aiming for just that the past four days at the San Jose Sharks Prospect Showcase.

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Avs Close Prospect Showcase Against Ducks

Colorado gets ready for its second game in two days

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche closes out the Prospect Showcase with 1 p.m. MT game on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks. The outing will be streamed live online for free.

It will be Colorado's second game in a matter of 17 hours after the club lost 4-3 in overtime to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.

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What We Learned: Prospect Showcase vs. Coyotes

Colorado loses in overtime to Arizona

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche rookies dropped their second contest of the Prospect Showcase, but it wasn't for a lack of effort.

Colorado erased a three-goal deficit in the second period and had several good looks to win it late in the third frame and in overtime, but the Avs ended up falling 4-3.

Here are five things we learned about the Avalanche rookies after their second game of the Prospect Showcase.

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Avs Prospects Fall In Overtime To Coyotes

Colorado rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second period

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Colorado Avalanche prospects erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime Monday night but couldn't pull out the victory, falling 4-3 to the Arizona Coyotes at the Prospect Showcase at Solar4America Ice.

Arizona's Nick Merkley tallied the game-winner 1:54 into the extra fame as he snuck the puck past goaltender Petr Kvaca's pads while on a breakaway.

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Prospect Showcase Continues As Avs Face Coyotes

Colorado prepares for the first half of a back-to-back

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche takes on the Arizona Coyotes in its second contest of the Prospect Showcase on Monday night at Solar4America Ice.

Game time is at 8 p.m. MT. Every contest of the showcase is being streamed live online.

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Rookies Continue Building Toward Camp

Avalanche prospects are preparing for the next two games of the San Jose tournament and the ensuing NHL training camp

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Colorado Avalanche rookie camp is a building process to the team's NHL training camp in less than a week, and the main focus is to get the young players ready to compete with the veterans. Understanding the structure that the club will play with for the upcoming season is a big part of being able to hang with the big boys, so to speak.

Sunday was another stepping stone for the Avs prospects, as they returned to the practice ice to review the previous night's Prospect Showcase game against the San Jose Sharks.

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A.J. Greer Aiming For The Avs

The forward is looking to make Colorado's opening night roster

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Forward A.J. Greer got his first taste of NHL action last year, and now he wants more as he prepares to enter his second professional campaign.

Greer only had a five-game stint with the Colorado Avalanche in November 2016, but the time in Denver left an impression on him and helped drive him as he readied himself for 2017-18. He's aiming to get back to the top level of hockey and stay there.

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What We Learned: Prospect Showcase vs. Sharks

The Avalanche rookies opened the tournament with a loss to the San Jose Sharks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche began play in its second-ever rookie tournament on Saturday, as the team's prospects took on those of the San Jose Sharks at Solar4America Ice in San Jose.

Colorado hosted the exhibition last year and went on to win both games against the Sharks and Anaheim Ducks to be crowned event champions.

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