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Focused Practice For Rookies Before Tournament Finale

Colorado wraps up the prospect showcase against Arizona

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

IRVINE, Calif.--After playing on consecutive days at the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff, the Colorado Avalanche had a quick practice on Monday morning to prepare for its final game of the 2019 rookie tournament.

Colorado's prospects practiced for half an hour at Great Park Ice, though several players stayed out for up to another 45 minutes to fine-tune their skills and get individual work in with the assistant coaches.

"Today, short and sweet," said forward Travis Barron, who is competing at his fourth prospect showcase with the Avs. "Get a good sweat, get a good flush in for your legs and get your brain into it. Tomorrow is obviously a big game."

The Avalanche has a 1-1-0 record so far at the Anaheim Ducks-hosted showcase and concludes the event with a 12 p.m. MT contest on Tuesday versus the Arizona Coyotes (1-1-0).

"This is an opportunity for all of us to show what we got individually but also collectively," Barron said. "A lot of us have played together before and a lot of familiar faces. There is a bunch of older guys here this year, and we're doing a good job of just bonding and creating new friendships and teammates."

The San Jose Sharks (2-0-0) have won both of their games at the tournament, while the Ducks own a 1-0-1 mark. Los Angeles joins the Avs and Coyotes with 1-1-0 records, while the Vegas Golden Knights (0-2-0) are still looking for their first victory in Irvine.

LINEUP NOTES

Goaltender Adam Werner is expected to get the start in net for the Avs versus the Coyotes after being held out of the previous two games with a minor injury. The Swedish keeper is preparing for his first season in North America after playing pro hockey in his home country for the past three seasons.

The Avs had seven players make their debuts at the rookie tournament in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, while 11 players have appeared in both contests. Colorado opened the showcase with a 5-2 victory over Vegas on Saturday.

Forwards Martin Kaut, Ty Lewis and Logan O'Connor and defenseman Conor Timmins didn't play against the Kings, but they are all expected to suit up in the finale.

PRACTICE COMBOS

Forwards
Nick Henry - Shane Bowers - Martin Kaut
Ty Lewis - Josh Dickinson - Logan O'Connor
Luka Burzan - Brandon Saigeon - Sasha Mutala
Alex Beaucage - Travis Barron - Bryce Kindopp
Joe Wegwerth - Igor Shvyrev - Logan Barlage - Felix Lauzon - Navrin Mutter

Defense
Wyatt McLeod - Conor Timmins
Bowen Byram - Kevin Davis
Josh Anderson - Nolan Kneen
Peter Tischke - Sasha Larocque
Samuel Regis

Goalies
Adam Werner
Trent Miner
Hunter Miska

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