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Get to know the eight skaters invited to this year's camp


With the 2017 Young Stars Classic on the horizon, has profiled the eight players attending prospect camp on try-out agreements:


78 - Tyson Helgesen

The 20-year-old has spent his entire WHL career with the Spokane Chiefs and served as captain in the 2016-17 campaign. In 191 games, he's scored 12 goals and 72 points and had 173 PIM. While the 6-foot-2, 185-lb. blueliner put up a career-high eight goals and 29 points last season, he is more well known for his ability to play a shutdown role. He plays a hard-nosed game and doesn't shy away from physical play. 


98 - Sam Ruopp

Initially drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round back in 2015, the 21-year-old became a free agent after the team did not sign him this year. Known for his punishing, physical play, the Regina product has amassed 346 PIM in 258 career games. Ruopp's maturity and poise led to the Prince George Cougars naming him captain after just one year in the WHL, a post he has held since the 2014-15 season. 

73 - Cliff Watson

The 23-year-old just wrapped up his collegiate career with Michigan Tech, playing 162 games over the past four seasons. He served as captain in his final two seasons in Michigan and put up a career-high 15 points in 45 games last year. Watson, who was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2012 but did not sign with the club, plays a crisp, tight game in his own zone and is known for his defensive-minded play. 


89 - Sam Dove-McFalls

Dove-McFalls became a free agent when he did not sign with the Philadelphia Flyers, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2015. The 6-foot-2, 207-lb. forward is coming off of a career year with the Saint John Sea Dogs, scoring 17 goals and 53 points in 65 regular-season games. In the playoffs, he netted five goals and 12 points in 18 games. The Montreal native excels at two-way play and is an adept penalty killer.

80 - Glenn Gawdin

Gawdin is a versatile player who plays a responsible, defensively-sound game. While his skill set lends itself well to playmaking, he also can also act as a finisher. Over the past two seasons, the Richmond, B.C. native has scored 45 goals for the Swift Current Broncos. Gawdin was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round in 2015 but did not sign with the club.

97 - Ben Hawerchuk

Hawerchuk, who is the son of NHL Hall-of-Famer Dale, has a bit of grit to his game. The 5-foot-11, 180-lb. left-winger relishes puck battles and won't hesitate to play in the hard areas. Lauded for his work ethic, Hawerchuk has a non-stop engine and a never-quit attitude his coaches and teammates love. He is coming off of a career-year with the Barrie Colts, scoring 15 goals and 31 points in 57 regular-season games and has accrued 59 points in 176 games since entering the OHL as a 16-year-old.

84 - Brad Morrison

Originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round in 2015, the pivot became a free agent this summer when he did not sign with the team. The 20-year-old plays an uptempo, fast game and uses this speed to generate plenty of offensive chances for he and his linemates. In 260 WHL games, all with the Prince George Cougars, he has scored 85 goals and 187 points. 

50 - Mark Rassell

The Calgary product had a breakout year in 2016-17, scoring a career-high 36 goals and 61 points with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In the playoffs, the 20-year-old put up seven goals in 11 games. The speedy forward has become one of the Tigers top special teams contributors, scoring 10 powerplay goals and seven short-handed markers last year.

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