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Rookie Camp: By The Numbers

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
A total of 30 players will attend Colorado’s 2009 rookie camp from Sept. 7-11. Those players range in age from 18 to 24, and have experience levels spanning from major junior and NCAA hockey all the way up to the National Hockey League.

With the players taking to the ice on Wednesday, now is an opportune time to take break down the 30-man roster.

1 – 2009 NCAA Champion
Brandon Yip was one of four Avalanche prospects who led Boston University to the NCAA national title in 2008-09. With Yip playing up front, Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk on the blueline, and 2009 draftee Kieran Millan tending net, the Terriers skated to a 35-6-4 record and the school’s fifth national championship. Shattenkirk and Cohen are entering their junior seasons at BU, while Millan will be a sophomore. Yip, however, completed his NCAA eligibility and will begin his pro career in 2009-10.

2 Sheets of Ice, 3 Days of On-Ice Activity
The Avalanche’s young prospects will be on the ice for three days from Sept. 9-11 at the South Suburban Family Sports Center in Centennial, Colo. The facility, which has two sheets of ice, will host practices and scrimmages each morning from roughly 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All sessions are open to the public at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

4 – Netminders at Rookie Camp
Trevor Cann, Peter Delmas, Brandon Maxwell and Billy Sauer will man the pipes during rookie camp. Cann split the 2008-09 campaign between the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and London Knights and signed an entry-level contract with Colorado on May 11. Delmas played for the Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL) last season, but was traded to the Quebec Remparts during the offseason. Maxwell, a product of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, will spend the coming season with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Sauer recently completed a solid four-year career at the University of Michigan.

4 – Canadian World Junior Hopefuls
This figure also represents the number of Avalanche prospects (Matt Duchene, Cameron Gaunce, Ryan O’Reilly and Kelsey Tessier) who recently competed in Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp. The Aug. 5-9 event served as a measuring stick for selecting Canada’s entry for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, set for Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan. 5, 2010 in Saskatoon & Regina, Saskatchewan. In addition to the four players who attended Canada’s camp, Brandon Maxwell tended goal during USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp in August.

5 – 2009 Draftees
Five of Colorado’s seven picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft will be in attendance. In draft order, those players are Matt Duchene (first round, 3rd overall), Ryan O’Reilly (second round, 33rd overall), Stefan Elliott (second round, 49th overall), Tyson Barrie (third round, 64th overall) and Brandon Maxwell (sixth round, 154th overall).

5 – Players With NHL Experience
The Avalanche suffered a slew of injuries during the 2008-09 season, giving 11 players the chance to see their first NHL action. Five of those athletes will be on the ice Sept. 9-11, as Philippe Dupuis (8 NHL games), T.J. Galiardi (11 games), Ray Macias (6 games), Wes O’Neill (3 games) and Derek Peltier (11 games) will attend rookie camp.

10 - Players Who Were Drafted in the First or Second Round
While Matt Duchene is the highest draft pick at camp (and the Avalanche’s earliest selection since moving to Denver), he won’t be the only coveted prospect in attendance. The Avs have stockpiled second-round picks in recent years, and it will show at rookie camp, as second-rounders Codey Burki, Trevor Cann, Peter Delmas. Stefan Elliott, Tom Fritsche, T.J. Galiardi, Cameron Gaunce, Ryan O’Reilly and Ryan Stoa will all be in attendance.

12 – Players Who Skated in Lake Erie a Year Ago
Twelve skaters who spent at least part of the 2008-09 season with the Lake Erie Monsters - Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate – will be at rookie camp. Included in that group are Josh Aspenlind, Patrick Bordeleau, Codey Burki, Philippe Dupuis, Tom Fritsche, T.J. Galiardi, Ray Macias, David Marshall, Kevin Montgomery, Wes O’Neill, Derek Peltier and Ryan Wilson.

18 – Age of Youngest Player
Six players will enter rookie camp as 18-year-olds. That list includes five of Colorado’s 2009 draft choices - Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene, Stefan Elliott, Brandon Maxwell and Ryan O’Reilly - and Samuel Finn, who will attend camp on an Amateur Tryout Contract. Barrie will be the youngest overall, carrying a birth date of July 26, 1991.

20 – Total Avalanche Draftees
A total of 20 players drafted by the Avalanche will be at camp. Matt Duchene (3rd overall in 2009) will be the earliest Colorado selection at camp, while Brandon Yip (239th overall in 2004) will be the latest. Click here for the Avalanche’s complete draft history.

24 – Age of Oldest Player
Four players will be 24 years old when camp opens (Philippe Dupuis, David Marshall, Derek Peltier and Brandon Yip). Marshall and Peltier are the elder statesmen of the group, as both players were born on March 14, 1985.

30 - Players Out to Prove Something
No matter what they’re shooting for – whether they’re gunning for a roster spot with the Avalanche or the Monsters, or just trying to show they have pro potential down the line – all 30 players at rookie camp will be working to showcase their games to the Avalanche brass.
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