Three Rangers 2003 Entry Draft selections - forward Hugh Jessiman (right - first round, 12th overall) and defensemen Corey Potter (fourth round, 122nd overall) and Dylan Reese (seventh round, 209th overall) are set to participate in the 2003 United States National Junior Evaluation Camp, which includes 43 of the best American players under the age of 20.
The camp, which begins today and runs until August 9, is taking place at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York and will include exhibition contests between two U.S. squads (Teams Blue and White) and under-20 select teams from Finland and Sweden.
Jessiman, a 6-4, 200-pound native of New York, New York, will enter his sophomore season at Dartmouth University (ECAC). Last year, as a freshman, Jessiman ranked second on the club with 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 29 matches.
Potter, a 6-3, 183-pound native of Lansing, Michigan is entering his sophomore season at Michigan State University (CCHA). In his freshman campaign, Potter collected seven points (four goals, three assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 32 matches with the Spartans.
Reese, a 5-11, 195-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be entering his freshman season at Harvard University after spending last year with the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In 56 games, he collected 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points, along with 98 penalty minutes.
Players will be evaluated as part of the selection process to represent the United States at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The tournament will take place from December 25, 2003 to January 4, 2004 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.
Both Jessiman and Reese are also scheduled to attend the Rangers' summer development camp
in Calgary following their time in Lake Placid.USA NATIONAL JUNIOR EVALUATION CAMP
Sunday, August 3 - Practice TBD
Monday, August 4 - Practice TBD
Tuesday, August 5 - USA Blue vs. Sweden (4PM); USA White vs. Finland (7PM)
Wednesday, August 6 - USA Blue vs. Finland (4PM); USA White vs. Sweden (7PM)
Friday, August 8 - USA White vs. Finland (4PM); USA Blue vs. Sweden (7PM)
Saturday, August 9 - USA White vs. Sweden (1PM); USA Blue vs. Finland (4PM)