35 players to attend Canucks prospect development camp, starting Monday at UBC

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.

Courtesy Jason Botchford on Twitter. Click to embiggen.

Notes:

  • 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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19 comments

  1. 5mintuesinthebox
    July 3, 2014

    Interesting article on Valk from NHL.com

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=85643

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  2. Doop
    July 3, 2014

    bigwhite06 had a good highlight package for Tryamkin @ the WJC. Dude looks like an ostrich on skates but he’s pretty quick, definitely not a Jon Scott. I hope he has good showing.

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  3. Morgan
    July 3, 2014

    Googled Valk to see if he is related to Garry and found a forum where someone pointed out this: http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1pe1w/WHLPreview2010/resources/8.htm which mentions he is actually related to Kelly Hrudey somehow. Also he’s played with Hunter Shinkaruk in the past. On an unrelated note that same document mentions a goalie named Deven Dubyk (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=112258). Thought they were talking about Devan Dubnyk at first. What a weird name coincidence.

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  4. Chris the Curmudgeon
    July 3, 2014

    I think Dane Fox will probably school most of these guys.

    Also intrigued by that Spencer Humphries cat, older BC guy playing in the KHL and Czech league trying to come back?

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    • zach
      July 3, 2014

      I am tempted to be optimistic that Fox has a natural goal scoring ability, but I just don’t think thats the case. I know that he scored at a ridiculous pace this past year, but its unusual to have a breakout year in your overage year. His previous point totals since entering the league in 09/10 have been: 7, 23, 32, 36, 107. Granted, he did not play full seasons in any of his previous four years aside from his first, but those don’t exactly jump off the page in terms of points. I think its more realistic that he makes it as a third liner somewhere down the road after he develops at the AHL level. I just doubt his ability to make a top six impact at any point. But in saying all that, I really hope he does because it would make for a great story. Really excited to see how far Horvat has come in a year, along with all the other kids.

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        July 3, 2014

        No, that was my point. Versus NHLers I’d be surprised if Fox really excelled but as a top junior overaged player against young prospects I think he’ll kill it.

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        • zach
          July 4, 2014

          fair enough, then I agree haha.

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  5. chrìs
    July 3, 2014

    Valk is kelly hrudey’s nephew. I hope he has a good showing. Pro teams should be more open to smaller over agers coming out of the chl after the rookie season tyler johnson had in tampa.

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  6. Matt
    July 3, 2014

    Is Brendan Gaunce not a first rounder as well?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 3, 2014

      Ack, yep. Can’t believe I forgot him.

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  7. the real bob
    July 4, 2014

    I’m excited to see our Russian Chara step onto the ice

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  8. Chrìs
    July 4, 2014

    Man Ben Hutton kind of looks like Brent burns, well at least when he is playing against other university players

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  9. Kris
    July 4, 2014

    Valk is a beauty. So much heart and talent. He was the reason that Shinkaruk did well. He has never had a problem playing as an undersized guy so far. He is a guy I would take on the team anyday. Would take him over Shinkaruk anyday – not selfish, team guy and a true captain.

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    • Naturalmystic
      July 4, 2014

      Undersized players

      Ray Whitney
      Cliff Ronning
      Henri Richard
      Marcel Dionne
      Theo Fleury
      Pat Verbeek
      Martin St.Louis
      Ted Lindsay

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      • Nuck in NorCal
        July 5, 2014

        Can’t leave out Paul Kariya.

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    • Sandy
      July 4, 2014

      Didn’t realize that Valk was drafted in the first round, over for that matter drafted at all. Shinkaruk has way more speed and talent then Valk and he would have been the captain had he been fit to play. All the scouts in the NHL must not see what you do. Please!!! Wishing Valk all the best however.

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      • Chrìs
        July 5, 2014

        Whatcha talking bout sandy? Valk was never drafted.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          July 5, 2014

          That was the point, I believe. Sarcastically pointing out that no one has ever said that Valk is better than Shinkaruk and it’s rather absurd to suggest it.

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  10. Jules
    July 5, 2014

    Got a picture of Jordan and Nikita standing together today!

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