The Vancouver Canucks announced that their prospects training camp will take place on September 7th-9th at Rogers Arena. Here’s who will be there.
You won’t get to see Vasily Podkolzin or Nils Hoglander at the Vancouver Canucks prospects training camp this year, as both players prepare for their seasons overseas in the KHL and SHL, respectively.
Podkolzin played his first game with SKA St. Petersburg yesterday and played just 41 seconds. Hoglander’s season in the SHL with Rogle BK has yet to begin, but fans will be keeping a close eye on both players all season long.
You also won’t see Petrus Palmu at prospects training camp. Palmu appeared in 12 games with the Comets last year and recorded just one assist before he returned home to play for TPS Turku of the Finnish Liiga. Although it appeared as though Palmu would return to training camp this year and fight for a spot in Utica once again, it’s not a good sign that Palmu isn’t at prospects camp.
For a second, I thought the reason for Palmu’s absence was due to his age, but then I realized players such as Francis Perron, Zack MacEwen, Josh Teves, Brogan Rafferty and Justin Bailey will all be in attendance — so age isn’t the reason for Palmu’s absence. Here is a full list of the players who will be there:
Unlike in past years, the goaltenders in attendance are all currently under contract with the Canucks, as sixth-round Latvian born goaltender Arturs Silovs was signed to a three year entry-level deal on August 23rd. Jake Kielly, who will likely see the most time in Utica next season out of the three goaltenders.
It will be interesting to see how the next wave of young Canucks fare in the skills and conditioning drills, as we get another look at many of the same prospects who were in attendance at the Canucks’ first development camp with the 2019 draft class, which took place shortly after the draft back in June.
Top prospect Quinn Hughes headlines the 19 players that will participate in the Vancouver Canucks‘ annual rookie camp.
Hughes, who was drafted seventh overall in the 2018 draft, will be among those hoping to catch the attention of the Canucks’ brass during on-ice skills and condition sessions at Rogers Arena in Vancouver from Sept. 7 to 9.
Hughes, 19, had three assists in five games in 2018-19 after his season with the NCAA’s Michigan Wolverines came to an end.
Fellow Canucks first-round pick Olli Juolevi (fifth overall in 2016) will also be in attendance.
The big club’s camp kicks off in Victoria on Sept. 13.