The Canucks’ annual summer prospect development camp opens Monday at UBC, with a total of 35 players scheduled to attend. Of those 35 on the camp roster, 19 are Canucks prospects, including all 7 draft picks from this year, though they spelt poor Mackenze Stewart’s name wrong.
Along with first round picks Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann, Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Brendan Gaunce, there are 16 players on the camp roster that are unsigned and undrafted invitees. They will be hoping to catch the eye of the Canucks’ management team to earn a contract or, at the very least, earn another look in the future, either at training camp in the fall or further down the line.
PITB will have full profiles of each invitee over the next couple days and will do some more in-depth posts on the new Canucks prospects during the summer, but for now, here’s the camp roster with a couple notes.
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- Jake Virtanen just had shoulder surgery, so he surely won’t be participating in any (or at least many) of the physical tests and drills.
- Hunter Shinkaruk, on the other hand, might be ready after losing the bulk of last season to hip surgery. He was close to being 100% according to recent reports.
- Only one of the five goaltenders coming to camp is Canucks property, second round draft pick Thatcher Demko. He’ll be in camp with the guy who scored a hattrick against him to knock Boston College out of the Frozen Four, Daniel Ciampini.
- There will be three 5’9″ players at camp: two invitees and Jordan Subban. Please, someone take a picture of them next to 6’7″ Nikita Tryamkin.
- One of those 5’9″ players is one of the most intriguing invitees at camp, Curtis Valk. He’s coming off back-to-back 90+ point seasons for the Medicine Hat Tigers. He just finished his over-age season, meaning he’s looking for a pro contract. Though majorly undersized, he’d be an intriguing target for a cheap, two-way contract to see if he can overcome his size to become, at the very least, an effective top-six forward in Utica.
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