Draft picks, signees and invitees will hit the ice on Monday as the 2016 Vancouver Canucks Development Camp begins in Shawnigan Lake.
As usual, players will be put through the paces on the ice each day, as well as take part in other team activities throughout the week. The prospects arrived in Vancouver Friday, taking part in medical and fitness testing.
Just like any year, there are a lot of new faces attending camp, so we went to work, breaking down the roster:
- Thirty-three players will be attending camp, 18 of which are either drafted or signed by the Canucks.
- Eighteen forwards, 10 defenceman and four goaltenders.
- This will mark the third Canucks Development Camp for Thatcher Demko and Mackenze Stewart, as well as free agent and Utica Comets forward Curtis Valk.
- Goaltender Michael Garteig and defenceman Troy Stecher, both of which signed with the Canucks this spring out of the NCAA, both attended the Canucks 2014 Development Camp as free agents.
- Six different countries will be represented as 21 players are from Canada, seven from the United States, two from Latvia, and one each from Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic.
- 10 players played in the QMJHL last season, seven played in the WHL, seven played in the NCAA and four played in the OHL.
- Valk is the lone player that spent the entire 2015-16 season playing pro, as he suited up in 30 games for the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings and 12 games with the Utica Comets. Mackenze Stewart and Andrew Miller also played a few games in the AHL.
- Speaking of Miller (June 18, 1991), he is the oldest player in camp having turned 25 a few weeks ago, while William Lockwood (June 20, 1998), who celebrated his 18th birthday two days after Miller turned 25, checks in as the youngest.
- Rodrigo Abols checks in as the tallest player in camp at 6-foot-5. In total, 10 players stand 6-foot-2 or taller.
- Mackenze Stewart and invitee Jacob Sweeney will share the title as the heaviest players in camp, both tipping the scale at 215-pounds.
- Guillaume Brisebois and invitee Olivier Galipeau were teammates on Team Quebec at the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge.
- Yan-Pavel Laplante will be making his debut at Canucks Development Camp. The Canucks signee was teammates with current Canucks forward Bo Horvat on Team Canada at the 2012 Hlinka Memorial.
- Latvian-born invitee Eduards Tralmaks will head to the University of Maine next season.
- Draft pick Jakob Stukel and invite goaltender Ryan Kubic were both second round WHL Bantam Draft picks of the Vancouver Giants and teammates earlier this season with the Giants, before Stukel was traded to the Calgary Hitmen.
- Justin Parizek, an invitee from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, also has a local junior hockey connection, having played 17 games with the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen in 2011-12.