Yesterday, Hockey Canada officially announced the 46 prospects invited to their National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp. Traditionally, if a player wants to appear on the prestigious World Junior Championship team, this camp is the first step. Likewise, USA Hockey announced the roster for the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Just like the neighbors to the north, this camp is the first step for any prospects who hope to make the WJC team in Alberta in December.
With the season completed and the Stanley Cup awarded, many fans have already directed their attention to the future. Here are the American and Canadian rosters that were recently announced; both will be littered with current NHL prospects as well as kids who will have their names called at the Draft next weekend.
Team Canada Development Camp Roster
Tyler Bunz – Medicine Hat (WHL)
Louis Domingue – Quebec (QMJHL)
Mark Visentin – Niagara (OHL)
Scott Wedgewood – Plymouth (OHL)
Nathan Beaulieu – Saint John (QMJHL)
Cody Ceci – Ottawa (OHL)
Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc – Rimouski (QMJHL)
Brandon Gormley – Moncton (QMJHL)
Erik Gudbranson – Kingston (OHL)
Dougie Hamilton – Niagara (OHL)
Scott Harrington – London (OHL)
Martin Lefebvre – Quebec (QMJHL)
Joe Morrow – Portland (WHL)
Ryan Murphy – Kitchener (OHL)
Ryan Murray – Everett (WHL)
Stuart Percy – Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Matthew Petgrave – Owen Sound (OHL)
Mark Pysyk – Edmonton (WHL)
Duncan Siemens – Saskatoon (WHL)
Dillon Simpson – North Dakota (WCHA)
Michaël Bournival – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Brett Connolly – Prince George (WHL)
Sean Couturier – Drummondville (QMJHL)
Phillip Danault – Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Brendan Gallagher – Vancouver (WHL)
Freddie Hamilton – Niagara (OHL)
Patrick Holland – Tri-City (WHL)
Quinton Howden – Moose Jaw (WHL)
Jonathan Huberdeau – Saint John (QMJHL)
Boone Jenner – Oshawa (OHL)
Ryan Johansen – Portland (WHL)
Lucas Lessio – Oshawa (OHL)
Greg McKegg – Erie (OHL)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Red Deer (WHL)
Matthew Puempel – Peterborough (OHL)
Ty Rattie – Portland (WHL)
Brett Ritchie – Sarnia (OHL)
Mark Scheifele – Barrie (OHL)
Jaden Schwartz – Colorado College (WCHA)
Michael Sgarbossa – Sudbury (OHL)
Devante Smith-Pelly – Misssissauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Ryan Spooner – Kingston (OHL)
Mark Stone – Brandon (WHL)
Ryan Strome – Niagara (OHL)
Christian Thomas – Oshawa (OHL)
Tyler Toffoli – Ottawa (OHL)
Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp Roster
Jack Campbell – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Mac Carruth – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
John Gibson – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Andy Iles – Cornell Univ. (ECACH)
Adam Clendening – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Brian Cooper – Fargo Force (USHL)
Justin Faulk – Univ. of Minn. Duluth (WCHA)
Derek Forbort – Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
Kevin Gravel – St. Cloud State Univ. (WCHA)
Justin Holl – Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Stephen Johns – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Seth Jones – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Austin Levi – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Jon Merrill – Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
Connor Murphy – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Jamie Oleksiak – Northeastern Univ. (HEA)
Robbie Russo – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Jarred Tinordi – London Knights (OHL)
Kenny Agostino – Yale Univ. (ECACH)
Bill Arnold – Boston College (HEA)
Chase Balisy – Western Michigan Univ. (CCHA)
Tyler Biggs – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Nick Bjugstad – Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Reid Boucher – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Connor Brickley – Univ. of Vermont (HEA)
Charlie Coyle – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Emerson Etem – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Rocco Grimaldi – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Kevin Hayes – Boston College (HEA)
Jared Knight – London Knights (OHL)
Phil Lane – Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Shane McColgan – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Mike Mersch – Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
J.T. Miller – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Matt Nieto – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Stefan Noesen – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Shane Prince – Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Bryan Rust – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Brandon Saad – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Nick Shore – Univ. of Denver
Vince Trochek – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
T.J. Tynan – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Austin Watson – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Jason Zucker – Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
The L.A. Kings have brought back pending restricted free agent forward Andy Andreoff.
The Kings announced Saturday that they have re-signed Andreoff to a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $677,500.
He appeared in only 36 games last season, spending time on injured reserve, adding two assists. The previous year, however, he played in 60 games for L.A., scoring eight goals with 10 points.
At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Andreoff is known more for his physical style and checking abilities than offensive production, with 146 penalty minutes combined over the last two seasons.
CHICAGO — His stats jump right off the page.
On a Kingston Frontenacs squad that really struggled to score, Jason Robertson had 42 goals as a 17-year-old. Nobody else on his team had more than 26 goals.
For that reason, the Dallas Stars are hoping they got a steal in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft. Robertson, a winger, went 39th overall Saturday at United Center. A lot of scouts had him pegged as a first-rounder.
So why didn’t he go earlier?
Probably his skating.
“Everyone needs to work on stuff,” Robertson said. “Obviously, for me, I need to work on that. It’s something I’m always going to keep working on.”
But skating didn’t stop Robertson (6-2, 192) from shooting up the prospect rankings in 2016-17. At the midpoint of the season, NHL Central Scouting had him as the 34th-best North American skater. By season’s end, he was 14th.
“I think a lot of it came from confidence,” he said. “I gained more confidence in my game, my skating, my shot. Once I did that in the second half of the year, I really took off.”
He sure did, with 30 of his 42 goals coming in the final 40 games of the regular season. He then added five goals and 13 assists in 11 playoff games.
Robertson was born in Los Angeles, where his dad and grandpa were Kings season-ticket holders. He started playing hockey in L.A., then moved to Detroit when he was 10.
It’s been rumored for days that Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic might be on the move.
And now it’s happened.
Per Sportsnet, the Isles have dealt Hamonic to Calgary. It’s the second significant move of the draft weekend from GM Garth Snow who, on Thursday, acquired Jordan Eberle from Edmonton in exchange for Ryan Strome.
Hamonic, 26, is coming off a difficult campaign in which injuries limited him to just 49 games. That said, he’s still a well-regarded blueliner that will make Calgary’s defense one of the deepest in the league.
There, he’ll play alongside Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton and T.J. Brodie, putting the Flames in the conversation with Nashville for the best top-four in the NHL.
Hamonic had made waves during the ’15-16 campaign, when it was learned he’d requested a trade from the Islanders due to a family issue. That request had since been rescinded.
It’s worth mentioning that Hamonic has one of the more club-friendly deals in the league. He has three years left on a seven-year, $27 million deal, one that carries a $3.857M average annual cap hit. For a top-four defenseman that can log big minutes and post solid possession metrics, that’s a pretty low price to pay.
No word yet on what the return is for New York. The Isles selected a pair of defensemen — Robin Salo and Benjamin Mirageas — with their second- and third-round picks on Saturday morning.
UPDATE: Looks as though the Isles are only getting picks in return.
If Calgary misses the playoffs on 2019, the Isles get the pick that year. That condition stems from an earlier one in which Arizona would get the Flames’ second-rounder in 2019 if the Flames make the playoffs.
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Winnipeg has retained some of its defensive depth, re-signing Ben Chiarot to a two-year deal worth $2.8 million.
It’s a $1.4 million average annual cap hit for the 26-year-old, and a nice pay bump from the $850,000 he was making on his previous deal.
Chiarot had a nice campaign in ’16-17, scoring a career-high 12 points while appearing in 59 games. The season ended on a down note, however, as he suffered an upper-body injury in mid-March and was shut down for the year.
Looking ahead, Chiarot will likely continue to serve in a depth role for the Jets. The club is bringing back nearly all of the same defensemen it had last year, and it’s expected youngster Josh Morrissey will take on an even bigger role.