Friday, August 31, 2007

CHL Camp Update

Here's a few notes from a couple CHL camps...

Colorado College recruit Rylan Schwartz is attending Brandon Wheat Kings camp. He's still committed to going to CC, but is at least considering the WHL route.

Shawn Szydlowski drew praise from Erie's coach at Erie Otters camp. It's way buried and there's no permalink, so here's what you need to know:
Bassin is impressed by several prospects, led by O’Reilly, 2006 pick Shawn Szydlowski and 2005 pick Samuel Coyne.

Ontario native Daniel Ciampini along with three other Americans didn't report to Peterborough's camp to keep their NCAA options open. Ciampini will be playing with the St. Mike's Buzzers this year.

The London Knights had their first exhibition game tonight and Minnesota recruit Sam Lofquist isn't playing, so it looks like there are no concerns there.

Michigan State recruit and Soo native Brett Perlini isn't even attending Soo Greyhounds camp, which is good news for the Spartans. 2007 First round pick Jordan Mayer is also not attending the Soo Greyhounds camp, though I'm guessing he's holding out to get traded elsewhere in the OHL, and not holding out for a college scholarship.

BCHL forward Taylor Stefishen didn't attend Prince George Cougars camp, instead opting to play at his BCHL team's camp to keep his NCAA options open. Stefishen is a '90 birthdate that scored 56 points in 59 games last year for Langley in the BCHL.


Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Why are some of these kids keeping their options open? I thought the CHL was da bomb. These kids can go to the CHL NOW and use their education package, but yet they are still keeping their options open. This is suppose to be win-win situation, but yet these players don't want to commit to the CHL. hmmmmmmmmmmm..............

Anonymous said...

Tatrn, Hostetter, Yogan, Shields, Mahalak, Duchene, Holland, Aggozino, Shugg, Jenks, Rogalski, Palmieri, Stamkos, Del Zotto, McRae...Maroon, Murovich, Bemis, Comrie, Kane, Gagner

Should I keep going??

Anonymous said...

many realize they are not going to play this year or may be 4th line guys. therefore, they retain their eligibility for another year and go to a lower league for playing time in order to better develop.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is why...

30 Drafted Collegians Now Free Agents

Thirty former college hockey players who had been selected in the NHL Draft but were unsigned by August 15 are now NHL free agents, per the league's collective bargaining agreement. The full list, with college and original NHL draft team:

Drew Bagnall (St. Lawrence/Florida), Chad Brownlee (Minnesota State/Vancouver), Mitch Carefoot (Cornell/Atlanta), Matt Christie (Miami/Anaheim), Dustin Collins (Northern Michigan/Tampa Bay), Tim Cook (Michigan/Ottawa), Joe Cooper (Miami/Ottawa), J.D. Corbin (Denver/Colorado), Art Femenella (Vermont/Tampa Bay), Michael Grenzy (Clarkson/Chicago), Marty Guerin (Miami/Los Angeles), Mike Hamilton (Maine/Atlanta), Brett Hemingway (New Hampshire/Colorado), Brian Ihnacak (Brown/Pittsburgh), Kevin Jarman (Massachusetts/Columbus), Mark McCutcheon (Cornell/Colorado), Tom Morrow (Boston University/Buffalo), Darin Olver (Northern Michigan/NY Rangers), Wes O'Neill (Notre Dame/NY Islanders), Joe Pearce (Boston College/Tampa Bay), Chris Porter (North Dakota/Chicago), Dylan Reese (Harvard/NY Rangers), Ken Roche (Boston University/NY Rangers), Kevin Schaeffer (Boston University/Nashville), Jason Smith (Sacred Heart/New Jersey), Mike Sullivan (Clarkson/Los Angeles), Zach Tarkir (Northern Michigan/New Jersey), Dan Travis (Quinnipiac/Florida), Mike Vannelli (Minnesota/Atlanta), Matt Zaba (Colorado College/Los Angeles)

Anonymous said...

The Tips secured part of their future by signing prospects Kent Simpson, Markus McCrea and Tyler Parker to WHL education contracts. What that means is that the players are now contractually committed to playing in the WHL rather than the NCAA.

The news about Simpson is no surprise. The goaltender is a Canadian kid, a first-round bantam draft pick, and he said he was committed to Everett the day he was drafted.

It's a bigger deal, however, for McCrea and Parker. Both forwards are from California, and thus more likely to be conflicted about choosing between the major junior and college routes. Talking to McCrea during rookie camp he said he was fully committed to playing for Everett should he be offered a spot as a 16- or 17-year-old. As for Parker, the contract indicates the undrafted player has done enough during his time at camp to warrant a place in Everett's future.