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Wild Prospects Gear Up For Camp

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

 Benoit Pouliot headlines the Wild Prospects camp, which runs from July 25 to 31.
Chris Hickey will be a senior at Cretin-Derham high school this fall. Prior to buying his number two pencils and Trapper Keepers, he’ll be skating on the Xcel Energy Center ice with the Minnesota Wild’s top prospects beginning on Tuesday, July 25.

Hickey will join the likes of highly-touted prospects like Benoit Pouliot, Roman Voloshenko, James Sheppard and Danny Irmen in the week-long camp, but he shouldn’t be intimidated. After all, Hickey is one of the few prospects who has played at Xcel, and dominated. He scored five goals in three games to lead the Raiders to the State Championship.

Every player that the Wild has drafted that is still team property and has not seen time in the National Hockey League will be there.

"We’ll show the guys what it’s like in the big building here," said Wild Assistant General Manager Tommy Thompson.

The camp moved from Brainerd to Xcel this summer because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement restricting the length of rookie camps. This year’s version will be a seven day camp, as opposed to an 18-day camp in previous years. It begins on Tuesday, and wraps up on Monday, the 31st.

Barry MacKenzie, the Wild’s coordinator of Player Development and Matt Shaw, the assistant coach and general manager for the Houston Aeros, will oversee the majority of the camp. Several other management and coaching personnel will also be in attendance including Thompson and Wild coaches Mike Ramsey, Mario Tremblay and Bob Mason.

They will not be there to figure out who is better than who, or put them through the rigors of an obstacle course. As Thompson said, it is not an assessment camp, but a development camp.

"We try to develop each hockey player," said Thompson. "We try and get a look at each player in an attempt to get these guys on the right track to development."

Each day will consist of two practices spanning an hour and 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon. The rest of the time will be spent learning training tips from strength and conditioning coach, Kirk Olson, or nutritional advice.

The Wild will participate in the rookie tournament in Traverse City, Michigan immediately prior to Wild training camp, which opens on September 15.

"That will be an assessment period," said Thompson. "That’s where we’ll figure out who will come to the Wild training camp."

The list of players participating in the camp is listed below. James Sheppard, the club’s first overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, will miss the first couple days because of a tryout for Team Canada’s World Junior team.

2006 Minnesota Wild Summer Prospects Camp Roster

 #  Forwards  HT  WT  Born   Birthplace   05-06 Team  LGE  Acquired
 49 Kyle Bailey  6-2  182   10/15/86 Ponoka, Alberta   Portland  WHL  Draft/05
60  Cal Clutterbuck   5-10 196  11/18/87  Welland, Ontario   Oshawa OHL  Draft/06 
59  Riley Emmerson  6-8  230  2/7/86  Burnaby, B.C.  Tri-City   WHL Draft/05 
 61  Ondrej Fiala  6-1  183  11/4/87  Sternberk, Czech Rep.  Everett  WHL  Draft/06 
52 Ryan Hamilton  6-2  219  4/15/85  Oshawa, Ontario  Barrie  OHL  FA/06 
51  Chris Hickey  6-2  185  9/2/88  St. Paul, MN  Cretin-Derham  USHS  Draft/06 
39  Danny Irmen   6-0 190  9/6/84  Fargo, ND  Minnesota  WCHA  Draft/03 
54  Ryan Jones  6-1  200  6/14/84  Chatham, Ontario  Miami  CCHA  Draft/04 
57 Matt Kassian  6-4  235 10/28/86  Edmonton, Alberta  Kamloops  WHL  Draft/05 
 48 Morten Madsen  6-2  187  1/16/87  Rodovre, Denmark  Frolunda Jr.  Sweden  Draft/05 
76  Peter Olvecky  6-2  195  10/11/85  Trencin, Slovakia  Houston  AHL  Draft/04 
 67 Benoit Pouliot  6-3  179  9/29/86  Alfred, Ontario  Sudbury   OHL Draft/05 
 68 Roman Voloshenko  6-1  200  5/12/86  Brest, Belarus  Houston  AHL  Draft/04 
41  James Sheppard  6-1   204 4/25/88  Halifax, Nova Scotia  Cape Breton  QMJHL  Draft/06 
40  Julien Sprunger  6-4  194  4/25/88  Fribourg, Switzerland HC Fribourg  Swiss  Draft/04 
64 Julian Walker   6-2  209 9/10/86  Bern, Switzerland  Basel  Swiss  Draft/06 
79  Kyle Wilson  6-0  200  12/15/84  Oakville, Ontario  Colgate  ECAC   Draft/04
 # Defensemen  HT  WT  Born  Birthplace  05-06 Team   LGE Acquired 
46  Anthony Aiello  6-1  187   5/19/86 Braintree, MA  Boston College  HE  Draft/04 
 73 Paul Albers  6-1  185  10/15/85  Melville, Saskatchewan  Vancouver  WHL  FA/06 
44  Shawn Belle  6-1  220  1/3/85  Edmonton, Alberta  Iowa/Houston  AHL  Trade/05 
 75 Jean-Michel Bolduc  6-4   203 2/27/85  Portland, ME  Drummondville   QMJHL Tryout 
72  Mike Madill  6-0   194 5/9/82  Kirkland, Quebec  St. Lawrence  ECAC   FA/06
 62 Kyle Medvec   6-5 191  6/16/88  Westminster, CO  Apple Valley  USHS  Draft/06 
 63 John Scott  6-7  255  9/26/82  St. Catharines, Ontario  Michigan Tech  WCHA  Tryout 
74  Clayton Stoner   6-3 215  2/19/85  Port McNeill, B.C.  Houston  AHL  Draft/04 
71  A.J. Thelen  6-3  210  3/11/86  Shakopee, MN  Prince Albert  WHL  Draft/04 
 # Goaltenders  HT  WT  Born  Birthplace  05-06 Team  LGE  Acquired 
 65 Niko Hovinen   6-7 200  3/16/88  Helsinki, Finland  Jokerit Jr.  Finland  Draft/06 
31  Miroslav Kopriva  6-2  176  12/5/83  Kladno, Czech Rep.  Houston  AHL  EN/03 
50  Kristofer Westblom  6-1  155  3/26/87  Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan  Kelowna  WHL  EN/05 

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