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by Chad Lynch / Arizona Coyotes
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The Phoenix Coyotes 2007 Rookie Camp came to a close on Wednesday afternoon following the on-ice workout at Desert Schools Coyotes Center in Peoria.

During their final practice, the Coyotes’ prospects went through a series of drills before holding an informal scrimmage over the last 30-minutes.

With a little over six weeks until the start of the Coyotes 2007 Training Camp, the club’s prospects will now try to take a week’s worth of teaching and incorporate those lessons into their own game with the hopes of making the roster in September.

While most of the attendees at this week’s rookie camp are already thinking about the upcoming training camp, seven players will not be making journey back to the desert in September, but rather will be submerging themselves in term papers and lectures as they head back to college.

Goaltender Brett Bennett will return for his sophomore season at Boston University, where he will likely have the opportunity to go head-to-head with fellow Coyotes’ prospect and Boston College forward Benn Ferriero, who is returning his third season of Hockey east play.

The University of Michigan is eagerly awaiting the return of prospects Chris Summers, Chad Kolarik and Kevin Porter, who has already been named as the Wolverines team captain for the 2007-08 campaign.

Former first round draft pick Blake Wheeler will once again don a Golden Gophers sweater at the University of Minnesota as he tries to build on his stellar sophomore season that saw him finish fifth on the club in scoring with 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in 44 games.

And finally, Kyle Turris will make his way onto campus at the University of Wisconsin, where Badgers’ fans are anxious to see the highly touted freshman that racked up an astounding 121 points (66 goals, 55 assists) in 53 games with the Burnaby Express (BCHL) last year.

The Coyotes coaching staff continued to use four goalies in Wednesday’s on-ice session, giving Scott Darling the afternoon off.

Darling, 18, was selected by the Coyotes in the sixth round (153rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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