Mitchell Heard has the handshake of a hockey player down pat. The second-round draft choice of the Avalanche grips a reporter's hand and squeezes it like a piece of Play-Doh.

It's now up to Heard to prove he can be a hockey player at the highest level. He got his first taste of the pro life this week at the Avalanche's development camp, which more accurately might be better termed a "get-together."

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