Wed Sep 8

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 146 WHL players have been invited to attend NHL training camps in September.  All of the 146 players attending NHL camps are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2010-11 season.

Of the 146 WHL players set to attend NHL training camps, 95 were selected in the NHL Entry Draft and 49 are free agent invitees.  30 of the players who are attending NHL camps have been signed to NHL entry-level contracts.

All 22 WHL Clubs will send at least one player to an NHL training camp.  The Portland Winterhawks boast a whopping 13 players who will attend NHL camps, which is the most of any WHL Club, while the defending WHL Champion Calgary Hitmen will see 10 players head to NHL camps.

Each year, WHL graduates make up a significant percentage of players who play in the NHL.  In 2009-10, WHL graduates accounted for over 21 per cent of all players who played at least one game in the NHL.

The following is a list of WHL players, by team, who will attend NHL training camps for the 2010-11 season:

Brandon Wheat Kings
(Name, NHL Club, Draft Year/Free Agent, Signed Y/N)
Michael Ferland, Calgary Flames, 2010, No
Scott Glennie, Dallas Stars, 2009, Yes
Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders, 2008, Yes
Brodie Melnychuk, Anaheim Ducks, F/A, No
Brent Raedeke, Detroit Red Wings, F/A, Yes
Colby Robak, Florida Panthers, 2008, Yes
Brayden Schenn, Los Angeles Kings, 2009, Yes
Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators, 2010, No
David Toews, New York Islanders, 2008, No

Calgary Hitmen
Cody Beach, St. Louis Blues, 2010, No
Jimmy Bubnick, Atlanta Thrashers, 2009, No
Tyler Fiddler, Phoenix Coyotes, F/A, No
Kris Foucault, Minnesota Wild, 2009, No
Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings, F/A, Yes
Brandon Kozun, Los Angeles Kings, 2009, Yes
Matt MacKenzie, Buffalo Sabres, 2010, No
Ian Schultz, Montreal Canadiens, 2008 (St. Louis Blues), Yes
Tyler Shattock, St. Louis Blues, 2009, Yes
Michael Stone, Phoenix Coyotes, 2008, Yes

Chilliwack Bruins
Chris Collins, Carolina Hurricanes, F/A, No
Roman Horak, New York Rangers, 2009, No
Ryan Howse, Calgary Flames, 2009, No
Brandon Manning, New York Rangers, F/A, No
Dylen McKinlay, Minnesota Wild, 2010, No
Tyler Stahl, Carolina Hurricanes, 2010, No
Kevin Sundher, Buffalo Sabres, 2010, No

Edmonton Oil Kings
Cameron Abney, Edmonton Oilers, 2009, No
Cam Lanigan, Calgary Flames, F/A, No
Kristian Pells, Edmonton Oilers, 2010, No
Mark Pysyk, Buffalo Sabres, 2010, No

Everett Silvertips

Josh Birkholz, Florida Panthers, 2009, No
Landon Ferraro, Detroit Red Wings, 2009, No
Radko Gudas, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2010, Yes
Thomas Heemskerk, San Jose Sharks, F/A, Yes
Rasmus Rissanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 2009, No
Kent Simpson, Chicago Blackhawks, 2010, No
Alex Theriau, Dallas Stars, 2010, No
Kellan Tochkin, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, Yes

Kamloops Blazers

JT Barnett, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Josh Caron, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Corey Fienhage, Buffalo Sabres, 2008, No
Austin Madaisky, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2010, No
Brendan Ranford, Philadelphia Flyers, 2010, No
Chase Schaber, Edmonton Oilers, F/A, No

Kelowna Rockets
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche, 2009, No
Evan Bloodoff, Phoenix Coyotes, 2009, No
Brett Bulmer, Minnesota Wild, 2010, No
Mitchell Callahan, Detroit Red Wings, 2009, No
Antoine Corbin, Dallas Stars, F/A, No
Colton Jobke, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Geordie Wudrick, Phoenix Coyotes, F/A, No

Kootenay Ice
Steele Boomer, Chicago Blackhawks, F/A, No
Drew Czerwonka, Edmonton Oilers, 2010, No
Matt Fraser, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Kevin King, Dallas Stars, F/A, No
Joey Leach, Calgary Flames, 2010, No
Brayden McNabb, Buffalo Sabres, 2009, No
Max Reinhart, Calgary Flames, 2010, No
Hayden Rintoul, Florida Panthers, F/A, No

Lethbridge Hurricanes
Brandon Anderson, Washington Capitals, F/A, No
Cam Braes, San Jose Sharks, F/A, No
Brody Sutter, Florida Panthers, F/A, No

Medicine Hat Tigers
Tyler Bunz, Edmonton Oilers, 2010, No
Jace Coyle, Dallas Stars, F/A, Yes
Emerson Etem, Anaheim Ducks, 2010, No
Cole Grbavac, Dallas Stars, F/A, No
Wacey Hamilton, Colorado Avalanche, F/A, No
Tristan King, Dallas Stars, F/A, Yes
Sebastian Owuya, Atlanta Thrashers, 2010, No
Tyler Pitlick, Edmonton Oilers, 2010, No
Linden Vey, Los Angeles Kings, 2009, No

Moose Jaw Warriors
Spencer Edwards, San Jose Sharks, F/A, No
Dallas Ehrhardt, Edmonton Oilers, F/A, No
Thomas Frazee, Dallas Stars, F/A, No
Antonin Honejsek, Detroit Red Wings, F/A, No
Quinton Howden, Florida Panthers, 2010, No
Kendall McFaull, Atlanta Thrashers, 2010, No
Dylan McIlrath, New York Rangers, 2010, No

Portland Winterhawks
Taylor Aronson, Nashville Predators, 2010, No
Spencer Bennett, Calgary Flames, 2009, No
Riley Boychuk, Buffalo Sabres, 2010, No
Mac Carruth, Chicago Blackhawks, 2010, No
Oliver Gabriel, Columbus Blue Jackets, F/A, No
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2010, No
Tayler Jordan, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Nino Niederreiter, New York Islanders, 2010, No
Taylor Peters, Pittsburgh Penguins, F/A, No
Brett Ponich, St. Louis Blues, 2009, Yes
Brad Ross, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2010, No
Troy Rutkowski, Colorado Avalanche, 2010, No
Luke Walker, Colorado Avalanche, F/A, No

Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan Button, Boston Bruins, 2009, No

Prince George Cougars

Brett Connolly, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2010, No
Charles Inglis, Phoenix Coyotes, F/A, No
Martin Marincin, Edmonton Oilers, 2010, No

Red Deer Rebels
Willie Coetzee, Detroit Red Wings, F/A, Yes
Byron Froese, Chicago Blackhawks, 2009, No
Andrej Kudrna, Phoenix Coyotes, F/A, No
Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild, 2009, No
Alex Petrovic, Florida Panthers, 2010, No
Justin Weller, Phoenix Coyotes, 2009, No

Regina Pats
Carter Ashton, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2009, Yes
Ricard Blidstrand, Philadelphia Flyers, 2010, No
Brandon Davidson, Edmonton Oilers, 2010, No
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers, 2008, Yes
Garrett Mitchell, Washington Capitals, 2009, No
Colten Teubert, Los Angeles Kings, 2008, Yes
Jordan Weal, Los Angeles Kings, 2010, No

Saskatoon Blades

Darian Dziurzynski, Phoenix Coyotes, F/A, No
Stefan Elliott, Colorado Avalanche, 2009, No
Curt Gogol, San Jose Sharks, F/A, No
Curtis Hamilton, Edmonton Oilers, 2010, No
Randy McNaught, New York Rangers, 2010, No
Adam Morrison, Philadelphia Flyers, 2009, No
Josh Nicholls, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2010, No
Jyri Niemi, New York Rangers, 2008 (New York Islanders), Yes
Gaelan Patterson, Calgary Flames, 2009, Yes
Marek Viedensky, San Jose Sharks, 2008, Yes
Teigan Zahn, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2010, No

Seattle Thunderbirds
Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche, 2010, No
Scott Ramsay, Anaheim Ducks, F/A, No

Spokane Chiefs
Kyle Beach, Chicago Blackhawks, 2008, Yes
Jared Cowen, Ottawa Senators, 2009, Yes
Blake Gal, Philadelphia Flyers, F/A, No
Tyler Johnson, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Brendan Kichton, Detroit Red Wings, F/A, No
Levko Koper, Atlanta Thrashers, 2009, No
Mitch Wahl, Calgary Flames, 2008, Yes
Swift Current Broncos
Justin Dowling, Philadelphia Flyers, F/A, No
Cody Eakin, Washington Capitals, 2009, Yes

Tri-City Americans
Justin Feser, Columbus Blue Jackets, F/A, No
Patrick Holland, Calgary Flames, 2010, No
Spencer Humphries, San Jose Sharks, F/A, No
Brooks Macek, Detroit Red Wings, 2010, No
Jordan Messier, Columbus Blue Jackets, F/A, No
Alexander Pechurskiy, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2008, No
Brendan Shinnimin, New York Rangers, F/A, No

Vancouver Giants

Lance Bouma, Calgary Flames, 2008, Yes
Kevin Connauton, Vancouver Canucks, 2009, Yes
Craig Cunningham, Boston Bruins, 2010, No
Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens, 2010, No
James Henry, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Matt MacKay, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Neil Manning, Philadelphia Flyers, F/A, No
Tomas Vincour, Dallas Stars, 2009, Yes
James Wright, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2008, Yes