There’s only one summer camp worth attending this year and that’s Vancouver’s invite-only Prospects Development Camp.
The action kicks off Tuesday at Rogers Arena where 36 prospects will gather for medical and fitness testing and headshots in the morning before a welcoming address from Canucks brass, opening meetings and on-ice training for player groups A and B and goalie pairings A and B.
Among the players taking part in camp this year are defencemen Peter Andersson, Yann Sauve, Evan Oberg, Taylor Ellington, Kevin Connauton and Chris Tanev; the forwards include Anton Rodin, Kellan Tochkin, Aaron Volpatti, Jordan Schroeder, Prab Rai and Steven Anthony; and between the pipes Joe Cannata, Jonathan Iilahti and Eddie Lack are in the mix.
Twenty-three prospects participating were either drafted or have been signed by the Canucks, leaving 12 free agents trying to make a good first impression.
Check back to Canucks.com throughout the week for updates on the young guns and their endeavors. If that's not enough, follow @VanCanucks on Twitter for even more updates.
The Vancouver Canucks will make several 40th anniversary announcements on Wednesday, July 7th at 7:00 pm at their annual Canucks Summer Summit (formerly called ‘State of the Franchise’) season ticket holder event and you can watch it live on Canucks.com.
Live streaming begins at 4:45 when fans will get a glimpse of the Canucks of tomorrow as the prospects do battle in an on-ice session. The formal presentation starts at 7 p.m. when co-hosts John Shorthouse and Jim Robson kick off a night chock-full of excitement, including an address from president and general manager Mike Gillis & chief operating officer Victor de Bonis on the team and business direction for the upcoming season, a 40th anniversary announcement featuring special guests and a fan Q&A period with Mike Gillis and team personnel.
Canucks.com is the place to be Wednesday and everyday. Cheesy, but true.