Wild Prospects Gear Up For Camp
|Benoit Pouliot headlines the Wild Prospects camp, which runs from July 25 to 31.|
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
|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|
|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|
|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|