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No Days Off For Tyson Jost

The rookie is aiming to help the Avs next season

by Erin Hodges /

As the recent Colorado Avalanche development camp came to a close and the newest draftees were headed home, one of the "veterans" that hit the ice is far from finished working on his game.

Forward Tyson Jost, the Avs' 2016 first-round draft pick (No. 10 overall), knows that summer hockey and training is just as important as in-season competition and workouts.

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Getting To Know: Petr Kvaca

The Avalanche picked the goalie in the fourth round

by Erin Hodges /

Petr Kvaca, a 6-foot-1, 174-pound goaltender, was the No. 114 overall pick by the Colorado Avalanche at 2017 NHL Draft. This is the second consecutive year that the Avs have used a mid-round selection on a European keeper after they chose Adam Werner in the fifth round last year.

Kvaca, 19, played for HC Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic in 2016-17. He appeared in 18 games with Ceske and had three shutouts and a .939 save percentage while leading the league with a goals-against average of 1.14. At the end of the season, the team won the championship in the country's second-tier pro league. 

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Avalanche To Participate In Sharks' 2017 Prospect Showcase

Colorado will play Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose in exhibitions

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche will take part in the San Jose Sharks' 2017 Prospect Showcase from Sept. 9-12 in San Jose, California.

Colorado will join the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes and the Sharks in showcasing their prospects and young players in exhibition games. The teams will play each opponent once in a round-robin format, with the contests mirroring those that are played in the NHL.

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Getting to Know: Denis Smirnov

Forward talks about getting drafted by the Avs and his first development camp

by Matt Shwayder /

Denis Smirnov was the 156th selection of the sixth round in the 2017 NHL Draft, which was held June 23-24, at United Center in Chicago.

Smirnov, a native of Moscow, Russia, spent much of his teenage years in the United States. He first played youth hockey in Pennsylvania before spending three seasons in the United States Hockey League. This past season, he had 19 goals and 28 assists (47 points) as a freshman with the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Big Ten. He was named to the conference's All-Freshman Team and helped Penn State win the Big Ten Tournament championship. 

He recently talked with about being drafted and getting ready for the upcoming season.

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Development Camp All About Development

Really, that's the entire purpose

by Ryan Boulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--It seems silly and obvious to say, but the fact remains that Colorado Avalanche development camp is about… well, development.

Organizational prospects, new faces and even a handful of free agents are brought out to Colorado with the sole purpose of making them better, smarter athletes. There's on-ice instruction, video review, fitness sessions, nutrition lessons, meetings and even a trip to the Manitou Springs Incline. All of these things are about informing, educating, training and yep, developing these players.

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Beaudin, Meloche Ready For Next Steps

Both players will be playing professional hockey this year

by Ryan Boulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--While every player attending Colorado Avalanche development camp is taking the next step in their hockey career, two members of the organization are preparing for the transition to the professional game for the very first time.

Although it is unfair to lump them together, both center J.C. Beaudin and defenseman Nicolas Meloche are graduating from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after playing out their fourth and final years with their respective clubs.

While neither played together, instead having to battle it out against each other at least twice a season, the forward from Longueuil, Quebec, and the rear guard from LaSalle, Quebec, are linked together for a number of reasons.

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Getting To Know: Nicolas Meloche

The blueliner was Colorado's second-round selection in 2015

by Matthew Shwayder /

Nicolas Meloche was Colorado's third selection (second round, 40th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

A native of LaSalle, Quebec, Meloche had 16 goals and 31 assists this past season, splitting time between the Gatineau Olympiques and the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The defenseman followed his regular season performance with another seven points (three goals, four assists) in 13 contests as the Islanders marched their way to a QMJHL semi-finals appearance. Meloche signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Avs back in March.

He recently talked with about development camp and getting ready for the upcoming season.

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On-Ice Focus At Development Camp

The Avalanche closed out two-a-day practices on Wednesday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche's 2017 development camp marks the third-straight year in which prospects have taken the ice at Family Sports Center to work on their skills with the team's coaches and consultants.

There have been tweaks to the program in that time. From simply doing power skating to adding a little skill work to a focus on positional development, the Avs' annual summer camp has evolved and changed year to year.

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Getting To Know: Conor Timmins

The defenseman was the the Avalanche's second-round pick at this summer's draft

by Matt Shwayder /

Conor Timmons was the first selection of the second round (32nd overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, which was held June 23-24, at United Center in Chicago. 

Timmons, a native of Thorold, Ontario, had seven goals and 54 assists (61 points) last season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and was rated as 18th-best North American skater by NHL Central Scouting going into the draft. In the OHL Playoffs, he recorded eight points (one goal and seven assists) in 11 contests.

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Getting To Know: Travis Barron

The forward was Colorado's seventh-round selection in 2016

by Matt Shwayder /

Travis Barron was Colorado's sixth selection (seventh round, 191st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. The left-handed forward stands at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds and has been playing in the Ontario Hockey League for the past three years. 

Barron, a native of Brampton, Ontario, had 13 goals and 21 assists (34 points) last season as the captain of the Ottawa 67's. He is attending his second Avalanche Development Camp.

Barron recently talked with about being drafted, camp and getting ready for the upcoming season.

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