A pair of NHLers have earned professional tryouts with Canadian clubs.
Forwards Joseph Cramarossa and Chris VandeVelde will attend training camp with the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators respectively.
Cramarossa, 24, split last season between the Anaheim Ducks and the Vancouver Canucks. He had four goals and six assists in 49 games with Anaheim before claimed off waivers by the Canucks in March. Cramarossa had no points in 10 games with Vancouver.
The Flames have 12 forwards on one-way contracts as of right now. That doesn’t include players like Spencer Foo, Mark Jankowski and Hunter Shinkaruk, who are all on entry-level deals. So Cramarossa has his work cut out for him to make the roster.
VandeVelde spent the previous four years in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. The 30-year-old had six goals and 15 points in 81 games in 2016-17.
“We just felt we wanted as competitive a camp as possible and we’re bringing in (another) NHL body to see what he can do,” said Senators GM Pierre Dorion, per the Ottawa Citizen. “We still have some (training camp) room and he’ll compete with some of our younger kids to (try and) make our team.”