The Avalanche has begun its first of two on-ice sessions Friday morning at Family Sports Center. The first group wraps up at 10:15 am and the second one begins at 10:45 am, ending about 12:15 pm. This schedule runs daily through Monday. Camp is open to the public and free on a first-come basis.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH FRIDAY:
Avalanche’s third jersey for 2017-18 unveiled … circa 2015
Goalies Varlamov and Grubauer vying to own the Avalanche’s net
Avalanche appears to have a deep and balanced blue line
Kiszla: Goalie controversy for Avalanche? Philipp Grubauer is here to take Semyon Varlamov’s job.
Denver Sports Omelette: Avalanche training camp schedule and roster
— Goaltending. Five goalies are in camp but the two vying for the Avs’ starting job are the ones to watch. Friday marks the beginning of the Semyon Varlamov vs. Philipp Grubauer competition.
— MGM Line. Expect the top line of star center Nathan MacKinnon to continue to play with wingers Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. The so-called MGM Line was one of the best in the business last season and, given their ages, there is room for improvement. Landeskog is the oldest at the group, at 25. MacKinnon turned 23 on Sept. 1 and Rantanen will be 22 next month.
— G Man. Second-year defenseman Sam Girard, 20, has gained 16 pounds, from 164 to 180, and the added weight should help his game in every way.
Day 1 Avalanche training camp. Good showing this far pic.twitter.com/pWKkDQj3tF
— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) September 14, 2018