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Canadiens, Senators flush with gamers to look at at rookie event


Rookie camps and tournaments mark the start of a brand new season.

It’s an thrilling time for NHL franchises this week as all 32 groups welcome their prospects to the start of the 2022-23 season.

Setting The Tone

In at present’s NHL, turnover occurs regularly on the head teaching place. Every time change happens it places the group of gamers on discover {that a} new regime will imply new expectations on the subject of preparation.

Just lately John Tortorella, the brand new bench boss in Philadelphia, went on file stating he has huge considerations concerning the Flyers “room”. He primarily known as out the tradition and let it’s recognized issues will likely be altering in Philly.

Rookie camps set the tone for the coaching camp journey. Higher administration, NHL coaches, minor league affiliate coaches, and participant improvement workers set objectives for coaching camp.

The prospects who’re probably the most ready will earn invitations to the NHL staff’s “most important camp” with the remainder of the professional roster. Others will achieve priceless expertise after which be returned to their junior, and typically European, groups.

The Journey to NHL Camps

Each participant has had a unique journey to this stage of their profession.

Juraj Slafkovsky, for instance, was the latest first total choice on the draft in Montreal.

A participant like Jordan Harris (MTL third-rounder, 2018) accomplished his faculty profession at Northeastern final spring and instantly jumped to the NHL roster with the Canadiens for a 10-game audition.

The Ottawa Senators’ 2021 first spherical decide Tyler Boucher began final season at Boston College earlier than shifting over to the Ottawa 67’s within the Ontario Hockey League. Boucher will likely be skating in his first official professional camp this season.

It’s common to see a participant who has gone by way of the draft, or not been certified a proposal from the staff that initially drafted them, attend a coaching camp on a tryout. These prospects vary in age from 18–24 years and are available from all areas of the hockey world (main junior, faculty, and Europe).  

Buffalo Sabres Rookie Problem Preview

I will likely be attending the Rookie Problem in Buffalo this week, the place younger weapons from the Sabres, Canadiens, Senators, Penguins, Bruins and Devils will face-off in opposition to one another beginning Thursday, Sept. 15, and concluding Monday, Sept. 19.

Listed below are some prospects I’m anxious to view on the occasion:

Juraj Slafkovsky, RW, Montreal Canadiens: First total decide in 2022

When his title was known as on the draft in Montreal, half the constructing gasped whereas the opposite half cheered wildly. Quickly sufficient all Habs followers have been embracing the decide and Slafkovsky was paraded across the venue like a rock star. He embraced the second and by all accounts hit the bottom working on the Canadiens improvement camp.

It’s time to get right down to enterprise. All eyes will likely be on Slafkovsky as he begins his NHL journey. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how he adapts this week enjoying on the smaller ice floor. I count on his energy sport and ability to be on full show.

Jake Sanderson, D, Ottawa Senators: Fifth total decide in 2021

Sanderson is an elite expertise who ought to push for an NHL roster spot with the Senators instantly. He’s precisely what the NHL is about in its present state: a improbable skater who transitions pucks with correct retailers, or by skating up ice on his personal.

He’s sneaky bodily and has the intelligence for use in all in-game eventualities. He’ll attend his first official NHL coaching camp, however first will likely be trying to impress the Senators brass with a powerful displaying in Buffalo.

Simon Nemec, D, New Jersey Devils: Second total decide in 2022

It was an thrilling day for Slovakia when their nation noticed two homegrown gamers chosen first and second total on the draft in Montreal. The Devils have a possible prime pairing defenceman of their steady with the addition of Nemec. He’s shut to a whole participant.

Nemec transitions pucks, defends properly and might run the ability play. He has confirmed he can produce enjoying in opposition to males on the professional degree in Europe. The NHL is a unique degree, nevertheless, and he will likely be examined early.

Jiri Kulich, C, Buffalo Sabres: twenty eighth total decide in 2022

Kulich exploded up the 2022 draft rankings after his MVP efficiency on the U18 World Championships final spring in Germany. He continued his momentum with an excellent efficiency on the just lately accomplished World Junior Championship in Edmonton by scoring two objectives and 5 assists in seven video games. All this child does is produce offence. He shoots the puck a ton and has a misleading, correct, launch. Sabres followers will get a primary hand take a look at one in all their prime prospects at this occasion.

Kevin Mandolese, G, Ottawa Senators: 157th total decide in 2018


Mads Sogaard, G, Ottawa Senators: thirty seventh total decide in 2019

In the end one in all these two gigantic Senators goalie prospects goes to need to separate himself from the opposite. Goalies mature at completely different charges earlier than changing into full time NHL puck stoppers. Neither one in all these goalies seem near NHL prepared, however the competitors for belief throughout the Senators group begins at this event.

Jan Mysak, C, Montreal Canadiens: forty eighth total decide in 2020

Mysak is an attention-grabbing prospect. He has at all times produced offensively, however his element and willingness to compete within the small areas was a priority prior to now. He’s evolving. I count on to see him and Slafkovsky enjoying collectively in Buffalo. They might be a handful for opponents to defend.

James Hardie, LW, Boston Bruins: Free agent invite

Hardie is a participant I’m to look at this weekend. He has traditionally scored at a excessive degree each step of his improvement. Final season he produced 41 objectives and 77 factors for OHL Mississauga. Groups have shied away from drafting him for a wide range of causes. If his health, and tempo, has improved he might open some eyes within the Bruins group.


Jordan Harris, Justin Barron, Kaiden Guhle, Arbur Xhekaj: Montreal Canadiens

Harris and Barron are possible destined for the the Habs’ NHL roster this season with Guhle not far behind. Xhekaj is a superb story. He mainly fell into their lap final season as a free agent invite who went on to earn a contract.

Every of those 4 is a defenceman, so to say Montreal is flush with Grade “A” prospects on their again finish is an understatement.

(Add Jayden Struble to their long-term prospect listing as properly. He isn’t eligible for rookie camp as a result of truth he has returned to Northeastern for one more 12 months on the NCAA degree.)

Samuel Poulin, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: twenty first total decide in 2019

Poulin is coming off an honest rookie season within the AHL, the place the ability ahead scored 16 objectives and 37 factors for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It’s truthful to say the Pens are searching for this first-round decide to take one other step in his improvement and it begins in Buffalo.

All participant playing cards and information from The Professional Hockey Group.




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