Colorado Avalanche Camp Day 2: Nisushkin Skates, Manson Back Tomorrow

I only made it to the second group of Colorado Avalanche skiers today during training camp. Prior to my arrival I was told that both Val Nichushkin and Darren Helm had been skiing alone in contactless sweaters after the main group. Josh Manson welcomed his second child into the world last night and is expected to return to camp tomorrow morning. Nichushkin and Helm are both unclear when they will return from their injuries.

As for the skaters in the second group, it was packed with players from the Colorado Eagles again. Coach Jared Bednar pushed the group hard again, trying to test their limits. We’ve seen a variety of exercises that test their skills and their focus.

There were a couple of dignitaries today. Martin Kuyt, knowing this might be his last chance to do an avalanche, pushed himself today. There seems to be some extra thrust in his step today. Last year he had a shoulder injury on the last day of training camp and he was looking really good. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover from the injury. He’s been skating with Jean-Luc Fode and Jason Megna, his streak last season with the Eagles. Kuyt said he loves the chemistry of the line and it seems to help with his playing.

Another player who looked impressive today is Sambo Ranta. It’s another player who said he feels this might be his last chance to achieve an avalanche. Ranta was getting some great shots from the blue line as well as being more physical to gain the ball. He was showing some great positioning in order to open himself up for passes as well.

There are a few Colorado Avalanche players who will be bubble players this year like Charles Huddon and Brad Hunt, but only time will tell who will make up the team. I’ll be in the entire practice from tomorrow morning 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM. I’ll learn more about the veteran group tomorrow and what it would look like too. So stay tuned and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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