CENTENNIAL, Colorado – Before heading to Vegas tonight to play the Golden Knights in the Colorado Avalanche’s preseason opener, the roster took part in the Avs’ first morning kate of the year at the Family Sports Center.
Colorado will use a young squad for the exhibition tour, which has some veteran players mixed in.
“Our veterans will be playing in twos or threes and there are some guys we need to take a close look at,” said head coach Jared Bednar on Monday. “Some of our young people see what they can do in the show. Some of the guys who are deep are calling out guys – we let these guys fight and see, give them a lot of opportunities and mix our veterans as we get along. Some guys want to play some games right now, there is usually a young lineup in the early exhibition that you’ll hit for a few games so we’ll have a young lineup [on Tuesday]. “
Seven of the players who get dressed in the matchup also played for the Avalanche in the 2021 Arizona Rookie Faceoff. Forward Shane Bowers, Oskar Olausson, Callahan Burke, Nick Henry and Alex Beaucage and defense attorney Bowen Byram and Justin Barron will also be playing in Vegas.
All four professional tryouts in the Avalanche roster will face the Knights, including forwards Artem Anisimov, Gabriel Fontaine and Dalton Smith and defenseman Jack Johnson.
goalkeeper Pavel Francouz and Jonas Johansson are the net keepers who dress for the excursion.
Below are the preseason fixtures for tonight’s Avalanche. It is subject to change.
Colorado avalanche list
|43||Darren Helm||LW / C|
|68||Callahan Burke||C / RW|