The Colorado Avalanche returned to practice Saturday afternoon after their thrilling 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not present on the ice for the session was overtime hero J.T. Compher, who was looked at after the game and then held out of practice for further evaluation for what head coach Jared Bednar described as an upper-body injury.

Compher’s status for tomorrow’s game against the New York Islanders remains unclear but he was seen walking around the facility with no visible injury. The team will decide tomorrow morning whether or not they will slot in recently recalled defenseman Andrei Mironov as once again roll out their seven defensemen alignment.

Today’s practice session was predominantly skill work as players focused on individual aspects of their game they were looking to work on. Two players who have taken a shine to working together are forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost, the former blossoming into a true superstar and the latter still finding his legs in his first full NHL season.

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A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.