Canucks prospect development camp opens today

Yesterday, NHL hopefuls from around the world (aka. North America and Sweden) arrived in Vancouver to take part in the Canucks’ annual prospect development camp. A total of 35 prospects are expected to attend the camp that runs from today, June 28th, until July 1st. As in previous years, the camp will include dragon boating at False Creek and a race up the Grouse Grind.

The schedule and roster for the camp is available on the Canucks website, with a whopping 24 of the prospects being unsigned or undrafted invitees. Longtime Bulies will know that I am endlessly intrigued by invitees who, if they impress at the development camp may earn a contract with the Canucks or, at the very least, by invited back for training camp in the Fall.

As in previous years, I will be exercising my Google Fu to bring you as much information as possible about these invitees and who among them might be dark horses for earning a spot in the Canucks system. In 2010, however, the Canucks had just 13 invitees to the development camp. Last year, they had 12. This year, they have twice that number, so it’s going to take me twice as long to research and write their bios. Accordingly, they will be spaced out over the course of the development camp.

This means that only 11 of the development camp attendees have actually been drafted and/or signed by the Canucks, including four of the Canucks’ 2012 draft picks. I suspect one of the reasons many of the Canucks’ drafted prospects are not attending is because Gillis has selected a number of players bound for the NCAA. Accepting any monetary compensation from a professional team affects a player’s NCAA eligibility, so college-bound prospects have to pay their own way to these types of camps.

The Canucks’ prospects attending the camp are:

  • Peter Andersson (D, 5th round, 2009)
  • Matt Beattie (C/W, 7th round, 2012)
  • Joe Cannata (G, 6th round, 2009)
  • Frankie Corrado (D, 5th round, 2011)
  • Alex Friesen (C, 6th round, 2010)
  • Brendan Gaunce (C, 1st round, 2012)
  • Ben Hutton (D, 5th round, 2012)
  • Nicklas Jensen (W, 1st round, 2011)
  • Joseph Labate (C, 4th round, 2011)
  • Alexandre Mallet (C, 2nd round, 2012)
  • Pathrik Westerholm (C/W, 7th round, 2011)

The inimitable Derek Jory has more information on the development camp and its attendees and will be providing the inside scoop on Canucks.com and through the @VanCanucks Twitter account.

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4 comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 28, 2012

    But will Schultz be there? dundundunnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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  2. north
    June 28, 2012

    I remember one year I got to watch a prospect vs prospect game at UBC. Do they still open up to public for the prospect camp? It’d be nice to watch the prospects up close.

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  3. Colby
    June 28, 2012

    Hopefully we can see a Guance – Jensen line, could be a look into the future?

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  4. REM
    June 28, 2012

    Looking ove rthe list one thing that is readily apparent is size, size, size. Especially there are some huge kids on the blueline – it’d sure be nice if at least a couple of them can actually play.

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