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Prospect camps getting underway

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 3:06 PM / Prospects

By Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Prospect camps getting underway
The 2010-11 season just ended, but that isn't stopping some teams from starting to look toward 2011-12 with the start of prospect development camps.
The 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins will begin the summer by thinking about the future.

The Bruins have announced that 25 prospects -- including defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the No. 9 pick of the 2011 Entry Draft -- are expected to attend the team's development camp, which will take place July 7-11 at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

Boston is one of several NHL teams that have announced the dates and locations of their summer development camps.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' development camp started June 28 and runs through July 2, at the Ice Haus, the club's practice rink at Nationwide Arena.

Ryan Johansen, the team's 2010 first-round pick, again headlines the group of 30 players in attendance.

"It's nice to have a year under my belt. It's a great learning experience and it's been a tough first day, but it's been fun," Johansen told the team's Web site Tuesday. "We feel like it's been a month already and it's just been one day, so it's definitely going to be beneficial."

Ottawa also began its annual development camp June 28, and it will run through July 4, at Scotiabank Place and the Bell Sensplex. Each of the team’s 10 selections from the 2011 Entry Draft are attending.

The Ducks will host their annual prospect camp at Anaheim ICE from June 30-July 5. Twenty-two prospects will participate in on- and off-ice workouts throughout the camp, and fans are invited to attend an hour-long open scrimmage session June 30. The scrimmage is free of charge to the general public.

The New York Rangers’ prospect camp began June 27 and runs through July 1,  The camp -- at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. -- features several of the team's top prospects -- including Christian Thomas, Tim Erixon, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Bourque and Dylan McIlrath, plus 2011 first-round selection Jonathan Miller.

The Nashville Predators' camp, held at Centennial Sportsplex, began June 28 and will run through July 3. Ryan Thang is this year's oldest attendee (24 years, 1 month) while Simon Karlsson (17 years, 11 months) is the youngest.

The Sabres' camp will be held July 5-10 at Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y.  The on-ice sessions will be open to the public each day. More than 35 Sabres prospects are expected to attend the six-day camp, including several of the team's 2011 Entry Draft picks.

The Philadelphia Flyers' prospect camp will run July 6-11 at their Voorhees, N.J. practice site. One highlight of the camp will the "Trial on the Isle," a mini-triathlon in Stone Harbor, N.J. Among the participants will be 2011 first-round pick Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn, the top prospect acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the Mike Richards trade.

The Stars will host more than 30 of their top prospects at Dr. Pepper StarCenter McKinney at Craig Ranch from July 1-7. The Stars' last three first round picks -- defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak (No. 14, 2011), goaltender Jack Campbell (No. 11, 2010), and right wing Scott Glennie (No. 8, 2009) -- will participate in the week-long camp.

The Coyotes will hold a prospect development camp July 7-10 at Polar Ice in Peoria, Ariz. All sessions will be free and open to the public. 

From July 10-13, the Carolina Hurricanes will host 11 prospects in their annual conditioning camp at the Polar Ice House in Wake Forest, N.C. 

The Washington Capitals will host their prospects at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, VA from July 10-16.

From July 7-14, the Detroit Red Wings' top prospects will be at developmental camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan. 

San Jose's camp is July 11-15, but closed to the public.
The Los Angeles Kings will host their annual development camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif., from July 11-12.

The Oilers' camp will be July 4-8 at the Don Hartman NE Sportsplex in Calgary, Alta.

Meanwhile, the Blues will not be hosting a prospect development camp this year.
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