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117 WHL players attending NHL training camps

 

Calgary, Alta. –  The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 117 WHL players will attend NHL rookie and training camps in September. All players are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2018-19 season.

Of the 116 players attending, 73 were selected in the NHL Draft, including Spokane Chiefs defenceman Ty Smith, who was selected 17th overall by the New Jersey Devils at the 2018 NHL Draft. Seven of the players attending NHL rookie and training camps were signed directly by NHL clubs, including Lethbridge Hurricanes captain Jordy Bellerive. Seven other players are currently free agents heading into their 20-year-old season with their respective WHL club. The remaining 30 players were provided NHL camp invites.

All 22 WHL teams are represented, with the Portland Winterhawks leading the charge with 10 players at NHL camps, including four players selected in the first round of the NHL Draft: Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights), Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders), Dennis Cholowski (Detroit Red Wings), and Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks).

The Regina Pats follow closely with eight players attending NHL Camps while the Everett Silvertips, Spokane Chiefs, Swift Current Broncos, and Tri-City Americans each boast seven players attending NHL camps respectively.

Overall, the East Division is sending the most players out of any WHL division, with 36 players off to NHL camps. The U.S. Division will see 34 players attend NHL camps with the Central Division (26) and B.C. Division (21) close behind.

Overall, 57 forwards, 46 defencemen and 14 goaltenders from across the WHL will attend NHL camps in 2018.

The following is a list of WHL players, sorted alphabetical by team, who will attend NHL training camps:

Brandon Wheat Kings (6)

F Luka Burzan Ottawa Senators Camp invite – Eligible 2019
F Ty Lewis Colorado Avalanche Signed (2017)
F Stelio Mattheos Carolina Hurricanes 2017 – Round 3 (73rd)
F Cole Reinhardt Colorado Avalanche Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Schael Higson Vegas Golden Knights Free agent
G Jiri Patera Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 6 (161st)

 

Calgary Hitmen (4)

F Carson Focht Boston Bruins Camp invite – Eligible 2019
F Riley Stotts Toronto Maple Leafs 2018 – Round 3 (83rd)
D Vladislav Yeryomenko Nashville Predators 2018 – Round 5 (151st)
D Egor Zamula Philadelphia Flyers Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Edmonton Oil Kings (3)

F Trey Fix-Wolansky Columbus Blue Jackets 2018 – Round 7 (204th)
F Brett Kemp Vegas Golden Knights Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Wyatt McLeod Pittsburgh Penguins Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Everett Silvertips (7)

F Connor Dewar Minnesota Wild 2018 – Round 3 (92nd)
F Garrett Pilon Washington Capitals 2016 – Round 3 (87th)
F Riley Sutter Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 3 (93rd)
D Jake Christiansen Calgary Flames Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Ondrej Vala Dallas Stars Signed (2016)
D Wyatte Wylie Philadelphia Flyers 2018 – Round 5 (127th)
G Carter Hart Philadelphia Flyers 2016 – Round 2 (48th)

 

Kamloops Blazers (4)

F Jermaine Loewen Dallas Stars 2018 – Round 7 (199th)
D Montana Onyebuchi Tampa Bay Lightning Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Sean Strange Colorado Avalanche Camp invite – Eligible 2019
G Dylan Ferguson Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 7 (194th) (DAL)

 

Kelowna Rockets (4)

F Dillon Dube Calgary Flames 2017 – Round 2 (56th)
F Kole Lind Vancouver Canucks 2017 – Round 2 (33rd)
F Kyle Topping San Jose Sharks Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Cal Foote Tampa Bay Lightning 2017 – Round 1 (14th) 

 

Kootenay ICE (3)

F Brett Davis Dallas Stars 2017 – Round 6 (163rd)
D Martin Bodak Vegas Golden Knights Camp invite – Eligible 2019
G Duncan McGovern Winnipeg Jets Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Lethbridge Hurricanes (4)

F Jordy Bellerive Pittsburgh Penguins Signed (2017)
D Calen Addison Pittsburgh Penguins 2018 – Round 2 (53rd)
D Igor Merezhko Calgary Flames Free agent
G Akira Schmid New Jersey Devils 2018 – Round 5 (136th)

 

Medicine Hat Tigers (6)

F Ryan Chyzowski Vegas Golden Knights Camp invite – Eligible 2019
F Mason Shaw Minnesota Wild 2017 – Round 4 (97th)
D Dylan MacPherson Florida Panthers Free agent
D Linus Nassen Florida Panthers 2016 – Round 3 (89th)
D David Quenneville New York Islanders 2016 – Round 7 (200th)
G Jordan Hollett Ottawa Senators 2017 – Round 6 (183rd)
Moose Jaw Warriors (6)
F Justin Almeida Pittsburgh Penguins 2018 – Round 5 (129th)
F Brett Howden New York Rangers 2016 – Round 1 (27th) (TBL)
D Josh Brook Montreal Canadiens 2017 – Round 2 (56th)
D Kale Clague Los Angeles Kings 2016 – Round 2 (51st)
D Oleg Sosunov Tampa Bay Lightning 2016 – Round 6 (178th)
D Jett Woo Vancouver Canucks 2018 – Round 2 (37th) 

 

Portland Winterhawks (10)

F Kieffer Bellows New York Islanders 2016 – Round 1 (19th)
F Joachim Blichfeld San Jose Sharks 2016 – Round 7 (210th)
F Cody Glass Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 1 (6th)
F Jake Gricius San Jose Sharks Camp invite – Eligible 2019
F Skyler McKenzie Winnipeg Jets 2017 – Round 7 (198th)
D Dennis Cholowski Detroit Red Wings 2016 – Round 1 (20th)
D Brendan De Jong Carolina Hurricanes 2017 – Round 6 (166th)
D Henri Jokiharju Chicago Blackhawks 2017 – Round 1 (29th)
D John Ludvig Boston Bruins Camp invite – Eligible 2019
G Shane Farkas Calgary Flames Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Prince Albert Raiders (5)

F Cole Fonstad Montreal Canadiens 2018 – Round 5 (128th)
F Noah Gregor San Jose Sharks 2016 – Round 4 (111th)
F Parker Kelly Ottawa Senators Signed (2017)
D Brayden Pachal Calgary Flames Camp invite – Eligible 2019
G Ian Scott Toronto Maple Leafs 2017 – Round 4 (110th)

 

Prince George Cougars (2)

F Jackson Leppard Tampa Bay Lightning Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Joel Lakusta St. Louis Blues Free agent

 

Red Deer Rebels (6)

F Brandon Hagel Montreal Canadiens Free agent
F Reese Johnson New York Rangers Free agent
F Kristian Reichel Winnipeg Jets Signed (2018)
D Alexander Alexeyev Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 1 (31st)
D Dawson Barteaux Dallas Stars 2018 – Round 6 (168th)
D Jacob Herauf Pittsburgh Penguins Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Regina Pats (8)

F Nick Henry Colorado Avalanche 2017 – Round 4 (94th)
F Robbie Holmes Colorado Avalanche Camp invite – Eligible 2019
F Jake Leschyshyn Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 2 (62nd)
F Sam Steel Anaheim Ducks 2016 – Round 1 (30th)
D Cale Fleury Montreal Canadiens 2017 – Round 3 (87th)
D Libor Hajek New York Rangers 2016 – Round 2 (37th) (TBL)
D Josh Mahura Anaheim Ducks 2016 – Round 3 (85th)
G Max Paddock San Jose Sharks Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Saskatoon Blades (4)

F Eric Florchuk Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 7 (217th)
F Max Gerlach Arizona Coyotes Free agent
F Kristian Røykås Marthinsen Washington Capitals 2017 – Round 7 (213th)
F Chase Wouters Tampa Bay Lightning Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Seattle Thunderbirds (3)

D Reece Harsch Vegas Golden Knights Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Jarret Tyszka Montreal Canadiens 2017 – Round 5 (149th)
G Liam Hughes Philadelphia Flyers Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Spokane Chiefs (7)

F Jaret Anderson-Dolan Los Angeles Kings 2017 – Round 2 (41st)
F Jake McGrew San Jose Sharks 2017 – Round 6 (159th)
F Kailer Yamamoto Edmonton Oilers 2017 – Round 1 (22nd)
F Eli Zummack Toronto Maple Leafs Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Filip Kral Toronto Maple Leafs 2018 – Round 5 (149th)
D Ty Smith New Jersey Devils 2018 – Round 1 (17th)
G Dawson Weatherill Boston Bruins Camp invite – Eligible 2019

 

Swift Current Broncos (7)

F Aleksi Heponiemi Florida Panthers 2017 – Round 2 (40th)
F Beck Malenstyn Washington Capitals 2016 – Round 5 (145th)
F Tyler Steenbergen Arizona Coyotes 2017 – Round 5 (128th)
D Josh Anderson Colorado Avalanche 2016 – Round 3 (71st)
D Colby Sissons New Jersey Devils Signed (2016)
G Joel Hofer St. Louis Blues 2018 – Round 4 (107th)
G Stuart Skinner Edmonton Oilers 2017 – Round 3 (78th)

 

Tri-City Americans (7)

F Morgan Geekie Carolina Hurricanes 2017 – Round 3 (67th)
F Krystof Hrabik Winnipeg Jets Camp invite – Eligible 2019
F Michael Rasmussen Detroit Red Wings 2017 – Round 1 (9th)
D Jake Bean Carolina Hurricanes 2016 – Round 1 (13th)
D Dylan Coghlan Vegas Golden Knights Signed (2017)
D Kyle Olson Anaheim Ducks 2017 – Round 4 (122nd)
D Juuso Valimaki Calgary Flames 2017 – Round 1 (16th)

 

Vancouver Giants (7)

F Tyler Benson Edmonton Oilers 2016 – Round 2 (32nd)
F Owen Hardy Vancouver Canucks Camp invite – Eligible 2019
F Milos Roman Calgary Flames 2018 – Round 4 (122nd)
D Kaleb Bulych Vancouver Canucks Camp invite – Eligible 2019
D Alex Kannock-Leipert Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 6 (161st)
D Dylan Plouffe Arizona Coyotes Camp invite – Eligible 2019
G David Tendeck Arizona Coyotes 2018 – Round 6 (158th)

 

Victoria Royals (4)

F Tanner Kaspick St. Louis Blues 2016 – Round 4 (119th)
F Matthew Phillips Calgary Flames 2017 – Round 6 (166th)
F Lane Zablocki Detroit Red Wings 2017 – Round 3 (79th)
D Scott Walford Montreal Canadiens 2017 – Round 3 (68th)

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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