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Colorado Avalanche Camp Day 3: Manson Still Gone, Mikko Out



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It was an exciting final day of Colorado Avalanche training camp with most of the skaters in attendance. Again I say MOST. Josh Manson was once again out after the birth of his second child on Thursday night. I was told to expect him back today but he remained out of the facility. Mikko Rantenen was out due to maintenance according to coach Jared Bednar. Val Nichushkin and Darren Helm both skated after group one on their own in non contact sweaters. But enough about the players who are hurt, let’s talk about the ones that were there, right?

Evan Rodrigues continues to make an impact on the fans and the coaching staff with his skills and speed. Today Rodrigues skated with Nathan MacKinnon and Arturri Lehkonen, but fit right in. On plays, he keeps his head up to make and receive passes all while he keeps skating.  When asked how Rodrigues felt about skating at altitude he said that it took him about a week to adjust to it. I asked him was there any difference to skating with MacKinnon or Sidney Crosby and he said that they are very similar in their play and they both train they same way as well.

Another player that stood once again today was Martin Kaut. The last two days he was skating in group two, but today was pulled to group one. This has a lot to do with the fact that Mikko was out. I did mention yesterday that he was looking really good and was flying down the wings. Coach Bednar even said today that he feels that Kaut has had really good camp. Kaut was on the same line as Alex Newhook and Alex Galchenyuk. I can only think that this will help Kaut’s confidence, as it seemed a little low after the skate on Thursday.

This will be a wrap from training camp. It was definitely a cool experience to talk to the players in the locker rooms for the first time and get their take on it all. There will be a total TWO games tomorrow. That’s right, two. The Colorado Avalanche will take on the Minnesota Wild in Minneapolis tomorrow at 2pm. The Vegas Golden Knights will be in town at 7pm at Ball Arena for the second game. Both of the games will be split-squad games. Coach Bednar said he will be on the bench for the Wild game and in the arena for the second game. I will be at the Golden Knights game for your coverage there.

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