Six of the seven players selected by the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft over the weekend in Ottawa didn't have to wait long to get a sense of what life is like at the Madison Square Garden Training Center.
First-round pick Michael Del Zotto
, second round selection Derek Stepan
, third-rounder Evgeny Grachev, fourth-rounder Dale Weise, fifth-rounder Chris Doyle and sixth-rounder Mitch Gaulton are all participating Rangers' 2008 Conditioning Camp on Monday at the MSG Training Center.
Grachev, who was not initially expected to attend camp, managed to join his fellow draft picks on Wednesday, taking his first turn on the Training Center ice.
The annual camp, which helps Rangers prospects prepare for their pro careers, runs through Saturday. The week-long camp features 19 youngsters whose NHL rights are currently held by the Rangers. The group includes 2006 first-rounder Bobby Sanguinetti
and second-rounder Artem Anisimov
, and recent signees Justin Soryal
and Tomas Zaborsky
In addition, 10 players have been invited to the camp. Most of the invitees are undrafted major-junior players.
The following is the roster for this week's camp.
|Player ||POS. ||2007-08 Team (League) |
|Jean-Christophe Blanchard ||G ||Rimouski (QMJHL) |
|Oren Eizenman ||C ||Fresno (ECHL) |
|Chad Greenan ||D ||Kootenay (WHL) |
|Radek Meidl ||LW ||Tri-City (WHL) |
|Nick Pageau ||D ||Belleville (OHL) |
|Andrew Perugini ||G ||Sarnia (OHL) |
|Joe Ryan ||D ||Gatineau (QMJHL) |
|Mike Taylor ||LW ||Harvard (ECAC) |
|David Urquhart ||D ||McGill (CIS) |
|Justin Wallingford ||D ||Kingston (OHL) |