Avalanche Prospects at Development Camp

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My personal favorite part of the entire day was Tracy Tutton lassoing the prospects and “mushing” down the ice. (I told you we’d get to that.)

Here’s Tutton looking for a likely prospect — literally:

Tracy Tutton prepares to lasso a prospect for a skating drill. Photo credit: Nadia Archuleta

Once she lassoed a prospect, it was mush!

Tracy Tutton explains the skating drill to the Avalanche prospects. Photo credit: Nadia Archuleta

I’m sure there is a technical basis for this skating drill. I imagine it’s at least partially to build strength — because it doesn’t look easy for the prospects to propel down the ice with the arguably petite Tutton in tow:

Avalanche prospect Andreas Martinsen (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) seems to be laboring under the additional load.

Not everyone labored. Prospect JT Compher (5-foot-11, 194 pounds), whom the Avalanche acquired as part of the Ryan O’Reilly trade, didn’t seem too bothered by the additional, well, baggage:

During the drill, Tutton is shouting encouragement and instruction at the prospects. Yet I just can’t help but think she’s secretly thinking “Mush! Mush!”

Anyway, even Patrick Bordeleau got lassoed and mushed:

The Colorado Avalanche prospects development camp takes place for two more days, both days starting out with a different team in shooting drills. Team Blue takes the ice at 8 AM tomorrow with Team Burgundy on Thursday.

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