TORONTO -- The NHLPA invited 27 NHL prospects and rookies to its eighth annual National Hockey League Players' Association Rookie Showcase at Mattamy Athletic Center on Monday.
The event was a chance for Upper Deck, the official trading card partner of the NHL and NHLPA, to photograph and film the next wave of talent in their NHL uniform and get their autographs on cards and other memorabilia.
Four Coyotes prospects attended the event: Christian Dvorak, Ryan MacInnis, Lawson Crouse and Anthony DeAngelo.
Dvorak is considered to be one of few rookies challenging for a roster spot out of training camp this season.
|Christian Dvorak. Photo by Norm Hall. |
Dvorak (No. 58, 2014) has exceled in London of the Ontario Hockey League the past two seasons, and appears ready to begin his NHL career. He scored 41 goals and 109 points in 66 games in 2014-15 and 52 goals and 121 points in 59 games as captain last season when London won the Memorial Cup.
Dvorak (6-0, 187), who signed a three-year entry level contract on April 17, 2015, feels having so many good young players battling for roster spots in training camp will create good competition.
"I think that brings out the best in you," he said. "It just brings out the competitive juices a little more trying to vie for a spot with all these other great prospects. The future looks very bright for the organization."
Calgary Flames prospect Matthew Tkachuk, who, along with Dvorak and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner formed one of the most dangerous offensive lines in junior hockey last season, feels Dvorak was a solid two-way player.
"He's sneaky offensively, too," Tkachuk said. "He had over 50 goals last season and a ton of points and he is so sound defensively. He showed that throughout the year in the regular season, playoffs, the Memorial Cup and at the World Junior Championship (for the United States). I think he's going to have a great year with Arizona and a great career."