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2015 Development Camp primer

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

New faces and some familiar names highlight the 2015 Vancouver Canucks Prospects Development Camp which gets underway on Friday in Shawnigan Lake.

Players will be put through on-ice workouts, off-ice workouts, team building exercises as well as a trip on the ferry and the annual Grouse Grind.

We have broken the roster down, analyzed all the data and this is what we found:

-Twenty-nine players will be attending camp: 12 forwards, 12 defenceman and five goaltenders.

-Of the 29 players scheduled to attend, 18 are either drafted or signed by the Canucks.

-All seven players from the 2015 draft class will attend.

-This will be the fourth time Ben Hutton and Evan McEneny have attended a Canucks Prospects Development Camp.

-This will be the third time around for Cole Cassels, Anton Cederholm and Jordan Subban.

-Twelve players on the roster also attended last year, including invitees Curtis Valk and Jackson Whistle.

-Three players (Hutton, Valk and Jake Virtanen) saw game action with the Utica Comets at some point last season.

-Goaltender Thatcher Demko will attend but not take part in any on-ice sessions.

-Five countries are represented as players hail from Canada (19), United States (8), Czech Republic (1), Russia (1), and Sweden (1).

-Nine players measure at 6-foot-3 or taller, the tallest being goaltending invitee John McLean, who stands at 6-foot-9. Yup, you read that right…6-foot-9. Think Zdeno Chara in goalie gear.

-Nine players tip the scale at over 200 pounds, the heaviest being 216-pound Mackenze Stewart.

-Invitee Justin Lemcke played the past two seasons with Jordan Subban on the Belleville Bulls. The 6-foot-3 blueliner was ranked 137th by Central Scouting for the 2015 NHL Draft.

-Invitee Reid Gardiner played the past two seasons with Mackenze Stewart on the Prince Albert Raiders. The 5-foot-11 forward was ranked 162nd by Central Scouting for the 2015 NHL Draft.

-Invitee John Stevens is the son of former Philadelphia Flyers head coach and current Los Angeles Kings assistant coach, John Stevens.

-Invitee Jackson Whistle, who played one game in goal for the Canucks at the 2014 Young Stars Tournament, is coming off a WHL Championship season with the Kelowna Rockets.

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