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Avalanche Journal: Jonathan Drouin, Valeri Nichushkin and others with the most to prove during training camp

For most of the top Stanley Cup contenders, there could be a sense right now of wanting to fast forward to the start of the regular season, or even later in the NHL calendar.

Just get to the games that matter. Every one between now and then is just an opportunity for injury.

That sentiment might feel true for some of the most established players on the Avalanche, but there are plenty who need this training camp on some level. It could be to fight for a roster spot, compete for a role in the lineup, move up in the queue for an in-season call-up or simply to give the organization a little less collective stress when the regular season commences Oct.