Connect with us

Avs Training Camp

Landeskog Unlikely To Start Season On Time For Avalanche




Today was day one of the Colorado Avalanche training camp, which means one thing… HOCKEY IS BACK! We started out with mostly the veterans in the first group. There were a few absences however, for various reasons. Coach Jared Bednar later stated that Gabriel Landeskog is dealing with a lower body injury and that he may be lucky to see any preseason action this year – and unlikely to start the regular season on time.

That was probably the biggest and most unwelcome news on a day where there otherwise were a lot of smiles around Family Sports Center, and why not? This is a defending Stanley Cup championship team now. Other guys who weren’t here on opening day included:

Josh Manson, whose wife is having a baby. He could be back as soon as tomorrow. Val Nichuskin is due to skate on his own tomorrow while Darren Helm did today in a non contact sweater.

There is some added pressure on Alex Newhook this season as he fights for his role on the team. He let it show today as he was being physical in the corners and skating hard to the puck the whole time. His main competition in Evan Rodrigues, was on the same line and coach Bednar even said “I liked him a lot today and that he will be a nice addition.”

Landeskog’s issue may be with that same knee he had operated on late last season, but that is not confirmed. Remember, Landeskog rarely practiced in the playoffs, and it most likely had to do with that knee. Still, Landeskog played great in the postseason, which is why he and other Avalanche teammates will be sporting new diamond-studded baubles soon enough. Landeskog didn’t seem fazed by much of anything when he met the media on Wednesday.

Both Rodrigues and Newhook were on the same line, with Newhook as the center.  In previous days, Rodrigues has shown that he can keep up with Nathan MacKinnon and that some chemistry was starting to form already. Newhook said that he “has kept the same mindset in his training and thinks he is mentally ready” to take on the role of second line center.

Superstreak Bonus!

Nathan MacKinnon was showing his usual flare with the puck and and on the skates. MacKinnon has been in town for a couple of weeks already skating with a lot of the team, but this was the first formal skate for him. There were a lot of plays that he was big bodied and pushing the defender off of him in open ice.

The coaches on a few drills were concentrating on body contact and it seemed like Mackinnon was having some fun pushing people around. They definitely were not wasting their time getting the players back into shape for the season at all.  When asked if he felt there was less pressure on him and the team this year, “I don’t know. I don’t think. We only focus what is goes on in this room. I don’t know what pressure we were getting or not. We can’t control what everyone says. We just want to win another Cup, that’s our goal.”

Group Two consisted of mostly Colorado Eagles players so the drill were more to test their skill set. Charles Hudon, who signed with the Colorado Avalanche organization over the summer, was said by coach Bednar to be a standout. He plays a game very similar to Logan O’Connor, with a lot of back checking and checking on the opposing team. It showed in some of the drills today as he was physical in the corners a lot trying to earn his place on the team. he will likely be a top six forward in Loveland and potential call-up to Denver when needed.

Overall. it was a hectic day for the players and the media alike. Today was the first time that any media members were allowed in the locker rooms to interview players since March 2020. This means that we will be able to bring you a little more varied coverage of your favorite team! I will be able to talk to a variety of players instead of having just one or two sat down in front of me. This is going to be an exciting season for you and me. I look forward to covering the best team in the NHL for you all!!

Subscribe to CHN+ today!

Brennan is an aspiring sports writer just getting started in the industry. He is also an intern writer for Full Press Coverage. Brennan has lived in Colorado his whole life and is a graduate in History at Colorado State University. He loves rock and metal music, especially the band Papa Roach.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Victory Donald

Well Captain Fantastic! While out partying with the Cup and deshirting all along the knee was not a concern? He is old now by hockey standards. Maybe it is time to pass the torch a bit. High miles and never forget San Jose!

Last edited 2 months ago by Victory Donald
Trenton Dunn

Dude just brought home a Stanley Cup….

Thor's Hammer

That was last year!

Trenton Dunn

It was 3 months ago. He’s been loyal to Colorado for a decade. We should probably show him the same and have some patience with his injury.

Victory Donald

Ah he is well paid. They should have worked on his injury sooner. Clearly he played through the recovey from the March procedure. So almost seven months later here we are! He is a high mileage player though sub 30. But to your point, it matter where he is in April more than October that is for sure!

Thor's Hammer

+, good insight. It is surprising this was not attended too earlier or maybe they did and he is recovering. Many times multiple scoping is required. And what is the San Jose comment mean?

Donald Victory


Ryan Krueger

Look forward to your reporting Brennan.

Bob Neal

Agreed, a very nice report.

Karl Keen

Great reporting!

So our concerns about Landy are true. Hopefully he can be playing with a few games of the season’s start.


Great job Brennan. We look forward to you as our conduit to “all things Avs” during camp and preseason games. Let us know if you find more information on Val.

Glendon Gulliver

The 2nd line on opening night may now be Newhook-Rodrigues-Compher. They will all get a chance to shine and show they deserve to stay on the 2nd line when everyone returns. The 3rd line may be all prospects to start the season.


Things could be a little thin on the lines this year. Not exactly the plan that the team had for the season.


I heard Newhook, Rodrigues, and Galchenyuk were among the most impressive players. Maybe Galchenyuk is more than many thought? I’ll reserve my opinion until he plays an actual preseason game.


Hey, Brennan, where is the old sideline reporter and why did she leave?

Colorado's premier coverage of the Avalanche from professional hockey people. Adrian Dater, Editor-in-Chief. Part of the National Hockey Now family.

This site is in no way associated with the Colorado Avalanche or the NHL. Copyright © 2019 National Hockey Now and Adrian Dater.

Colorado Hockey Now in your Inbox

Sign up and get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox!

Thank you!