August, the unhockiest of months, is finally over and, with the end of August, comes the announcement of the Canucks’ 2013 prospect camp roster. Prospect camp rosters are like the first robin of spring for hockey fans, the first indication that the figurative winter of the off-season is over and the literal winter of the hockey season is just around the corner.
Prospect camp kicks off on September 4th in Penticton, with all on-ice sessions open to the public. The Young Stars tournament starts the next day, as the Canucks host the Sharks, Flames, Oilers, and Jets. Pass it to Bulis will be in Penticton to provide in-person coverage of the event and get our first real look at the Canucks’ 2013 draft picks, particularly Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk.
Here’s the complete Canucks prospect camp roster and you can expect our usual invitee profiles over the next couple days.
Adam De Champlain*
*invitees that have neither been drafted nor signed by the Canucks
For more information on the Canucks roster for the camp and tournament, check out the PDF roster on Canucks.com.
There are a number of intriguing players to watch at the tournament, including several that have a shot at making the Canucks opening night roster. On defence, Frank Corrado is a likely candidate for the Canucks’ bottom pairing and will likely see a lot of ice during the tournament. Henrik Tommernes is also one to watch as he comes over for his first season in North America after several solid seasons in Sweden.
At forward, you’ll want to keep your eyes on Brendan Gaunce and Nicklas Jensen, both of whom could be on the Canucks once the season rolls around. Gaunce will battle to be third line centre with the likes of Jordan Schroeder and Brad Richardson, while Jensen could find a spot on the third line on the wing. He will need to show that he has adapted to the North American game after his impressive goalscoring in Sweden dried up in the AHL last season.
Then there’s the outside chance that Bo Horvat makes it impossible for the Canucks to send him back to junior with a stellar performance in camp and he ends up as the Canucks third line centre this season. It will certainly be fun to see him, Hunter Shinkaruk, and the rest of the Canucks’ draft picks from this year.
In net, this will be Canucks fans first chance to see Joacim Eriksson in action after the Canucks signed him out of Sweden in June. He’ll split starts with Mathieu Corbeil, who is likely to be the backup with the Utica Comets if Joe Cannata is sent down to the ECHL for more starts, while Eddie Lack will be at camp as a reserve if needed. Lack is easily the oldest player on the Canucks’ roster, but the Canucks chose to bring him along rather than inviting another unsigned goaltender.
Tags: Invitees, Prospects, young stars