It may be Free Agent Frenzy, but the Canucks’ 2012 prospect development camp is still in full swing. The prospects have gone dragon boating, learned proper nutrition with a cooking class, and, of course, hit the ice for plenty of drills. Yesterday, we looked at 5 of the 11 invitee forwards at the camp. Here are the remaining 6, highlighted by a pair of goalscorers from the NCAA and the WHL.
Josh Jooris – Centre
6’0″ – 180 lbs – July 14, 1990
Union College Dutchmen
Jooris is a playmaking centre playing for the tiny, 2200 student Union College, which is actually one of the top NCAA schools in hockey. His dad, Mark Jooris, was a star for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the NCAA in the 80′s, winning the Frozen Four in 1985. Like any proud father, Mark claims that Josh is the better player: “He’s a way, way more a complete player. He hits and blocks shots and does all that stuff. He’s a better skater than I ever was, too.”
Jooris impressed at last year’s Boston Bruins development camp with his playmaking ability. Bob Mand of The Hockey Writers went as far as to call him the best invitee at camp. That was when he was coming off great freshman season, scoring 32 points in 40 games. His sophomore year was more of the same, scoring at a slightly slower pace with 28 points in 38 games.
The highlight of his sophomore year was scoring the gamewinning goal to send Union College into the Frozen Four, where they fell short against Ferris State University. Jooris is known more for his passing, vision, and creativity, but he also possesses a great backhand shot, as illustrated by that winning goal.
Adam Kambeitz – Left Wing
5’11″ – 198 lb – June 23, 1992
Red Deer Rebels
Kambeitz was named captain in his fourth year with the Red Deer Rebels and responded with his best offensive season, scoring 19 goals and 31 points in 45 games in an injury-shortened season. He missed 6 weeks with a fractured thumb and 3 more with a high ankle sprain, but still set a career high in goals.
He has a gritty and aggressive style that caught the eye of the Phoenix Coyotes enough to invite him to their training camp last season. He is expected to return to the Rebels next season as one of the teams three 20-year-olds and will hope to build upon his strong offensive output to help him transition into a professional career.
Incidentally, while he may be gritty, he’s not a great fighter.
Jeremy Langlois – Right Wing
6’0″ – 175 lbs – June 2, 1990
Quinnipiac University Bobcats
Langlois has led the Bobcats in goalscoring in each of his last two seasons, scoring a total of 35 goals in 74 games in that time. In 2010-11, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and, prior to that, he was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman for the Bobcats.
He started this past season on a 9-game point streak, scoring 9 goals and 6 assists, but only scored 11 points over his remaining 26 games, which raises some concerns over consistency. His stellar October was enough for him to be named the ECAC Player of the Month.
Before heading to Quinnipiac, Langlois was a standout star with the EJHL New Jersey Hitmen and was ranked 121st among North American skaters by Central Scouting heading into the 2009 draft. It’s likely that since he wasn’t ranked on the pre-season or midterm rankings, he flew under the radar, going undrafted. Now he’ll need to convince teams that his performance at the beginning of this last season was more indicative of his talent level than how he ended it. His senior year at Quinnipiac will be crucial.
Kenton Miller – Centre
6’0″ – 196 lbs – February 10, 1991
Calgary Hitmen/Moose Jaw Warriors
Sometimes, all it takes is the right situation. Up until late October last year, Kenton Miller was having a decent, if unspectacular WHL career. He was a secondary scorer for the Spokane Chiefs for two seasons before being dropped and picked up by the Calgary Hitmen last season. He had 3 points in 11 games for the Hitmen, all goals, and was traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors at the end of October. That’s when everything clicked.
Miller had 32 goals in 58 games in his over-age year for the Warriors, leading the team in goalscoring. He then added 7 more goals in 14 playoff games, again leading the team. With those 32 goals, he more than doubled his career total, which is the kind of jump in production that will catch people’s attention.
Miller was originally brought in to the Warriors to provide a “veteran presence down the middle” and was described as a “solid, two-way, reliable, experienced guy” who is “good on face-offs” and “a guy we can put on the ice late in a game with the draw in our own end and a one-goal lead.” His coach describes him as the “hardest working guy on the team day in and day out.”
Add those attributes to his goalscoring and you have a player worth noticing.
Stefano Momesso – Wing
6’1″ – 190 lbs – May 26, 1993
Momesso is certainly a name that is familiar to Canucks fans. Stefano’s father, Sergio Momesso, played 5 seasons for the Canucks in the early 90′s and was a member of the 1994 team that made it to game seven of the Stanley Cup Final. Stefano doesn’t quite have the pedigree of his father, scoring 31 points in 57 games in the CCHL rather than the big numbers Sergio put up in the QMJHL.
He’s also a different style of player. While his father was a physical power forward, Stefano is more “shifty and skilled” with a quick release on his shot. He was drafted to his father’s former junior team, the Shawinigan Cataractes, in 2010 but wasn’t able to crack the lineup.
A number of highlight videos of his goals can be found online, demonstrating his ability to get to the front of the net and get the puck off his stick quickly. He’ll need to produce a lot more offense, however, if he wants to get to the next level.
Buddy Robinson – Forward
6’5″ – 215 lbs – September 30, 1991
Lake Superior State University Lakers
Robinson is the biggest forward at camp and is listed at 225 lbs by most sources. That doesn’t mean he lacks skill: Robinson was a scorer in Junior A hockey. In 2010-11, he scored 38 points in 32 games for the Hamilton Red Wings in the OHJL before heading to the Nepean Raiders and putting up 24 points in 19 games in the CCHL.
In his freshman year at LSSU, Robinson scored 5 goals and added 5 assists in 39 games, reasonable, if unspectacular totals for an NCAA rookie. If he can improve on those numbers, he’ll certainly get some interest from the NHL because of his size.
Robinson is also a bit of an enigma: on his LSSU profile, he lists his favourite superhero as Spider-Man. On the same profile, he lists his worst fear as spiders. Make up your mind, Buddy! Of course, a bit further down he says the greatest lesson he has ever learned is to “have a short memory” so perhaps he was just putting that lesson into practice.Tags: 2012 Development Camp, Invitees, Prospects