CENTENNIAL, Colo.-The first day of Colorado Avalanche Training Camp is in the books, and while new head coach Jared Bednar ran a fast, up-tempo practice as expected, there were some player absences from the two on-ice sessions.
Colorado's first-round selection (10th overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft, Mikko Rantanen, suffered an ankle injury in the first game of the inaugural Rookie Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 17. The team previously announced that he was expected to miss approximately 2-4 weeks to recover.
Forwards Trent Vogelhuber-signed as a free agent on July 1, 2016-and Jiri Tlusty-brought in on a professional tryout-also missed the skate. According to Bednar, Vogelhuber is considered day-to-day as he's recovering from an appendectomy.
"[It happened] just before he got here, it would have been last week," said Bednar. "So he's probably day-to-day now. He may start to skate on his own.
"Tlusty didn't pass the physical."
Medical and physical testing, conducted at Pepsi Center on Thursday, is performed annually in order to check for lingering injuries and to verify the necessary level of fitness required to perform in the NHL.
Avs Training Camp continues Friday at Family Sports Center with the first group of skaters taking the ice at 8:45 a.m.