32 WHL players attending NHL Development Camps in Central Division


A total of 32 current and former WHL players have sharpened their skills as NHL Central Division teams held their annual development camps.

The 32 WHL players and alumni from 19 different WHL member clubs attended development camps with the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, and Winnipeg Jets.

A break-down by team shows the WHL players listed alphabetically on each team by position and associated with their most current WHL team.

Chicago Blackhawks (6)
F Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
F Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
F Reese Johnson (Red Deer Rebels)
F Kyle Olson (Tri-City Americans)
F Michal Teply (Winnipeg ICE)
D Cole Moberg (Prince George Cougars)

Six WHL players past and present will suit up with the Blackhawks at their development camp. Led by the third-overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, Dach will guide this year’s group of attendees while defenceman Cole Moberg, a seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks last month, represents the lone WHL rear guard at the camp. Michal Telpy, an import-draft selection of the Winnipeg ICE will also be in attendance after he was selected in the fourth round of this year’s draft.

A pair of free-agent signings in Hagel and Johnson were at the camp as well after concluding their seasons with the Rebels and the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate. Americans’ forward Kyle Olson was an invite to the camp.

Colorado Avalanche (10)
F Logan Barlage (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
F Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
F Nick Henry (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
F Bryce Kindopp (Everett Silvertips)
F Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
D Josh Anderson (Swift Current Broncos)
D Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
D Nolan Kneen (Saskatoon Blades)
D Wyatt McLeod (Edmonton Oil Kings)
G Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)

The Avalanche boasted 10 current and former WHL players at their development camp, fuelled by the four WHL players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft. That grouping was led by Giants’ defenceman Bowen Byram, the fourth-overall selection in this year’s draft. Following from the draft class is Sasha Mutala of the Americans, Luka Burzan of the Wheat Kings, and Miner of the Giants.

Formerly selections and now signed prospects of the organization, forward Nick Henry and defenceman Josh Anderson returned to the camp. A WHL Champion with the Broncos in 2018, Anderson recently completed his first season in the professional ranks while Henry split the season between the Regina Pats and Hurricanes.

On top of the drafted or signed prospects, four other players earned invitations as Nolan Kneen from the Blades, Wyatt McLeod of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Logan Barlage of the Hurricanes, and Bryce Kindopp of the Silvertips attended the camp.

Dallas Stars (5)
F Brodi Stuart (Kamloops Blazers)
D Dawson Barteaux (Red Deer Rebels)
D Jarret Tyszka (Seattle Thunderbirds)
D Ondrej Vala (Everett Silvertips)
D Luke Zazula (Kamloops Blazers)

A quintet of WHL talent took to the ice with the Stars. Formerly of the Blazers and Silvertips, Vala recently completed his first season of professional hockey in the Stars’ organization. Selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, Barteaux continued to forge his path from the Rebels’ blue line to the Stars’ organization. The link between the Blazers and Stars was strengthened by a pair of camp invites in Stuart and Zazula. Also earning a camp invite was Tyszka, who recently completed his fourth season with the Thunderbirds on the blue line.

Minnesota Wild (2)
F Connor Dewar (Everett Silvertips)
F Adam Beckman (Spokane Chiefs)

Two talented WHL players from the US Division wound up at the Wild’s development camp in late June. Having completed his fourth season with the Silvertips, Dewar was present at the Wild’s camp after being selected in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Wild. Selected in the third round of the 2019 draft, Adam Beckman is coming off a strong rookie season that saw him finish second in WHL rookie scoring.

Nashville Predators (3)
F Tanner Jeannot (Moose Jaw Warriors)
D Vladislav Yeryomenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
G Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)

At the Predators’ camp, the WHL was represented at each position by a single player to give them a trio in attendance. Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in mid-June, Ingram recently completed his second season in the professional hockey ranks with the camp in late June giving him a first experience with his new organization. Up front, Jeannot recently completed the first season in the Predators’ organization, spending it with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. On defence, Yeryomenko attended camp after being selected by the team at the 2018 NHL Draft. Yeryomenko was recently acquired by the Warriors, Jeannot’s former team.

St. Louis Blues (2)
F Krystof Hrabik (Tri-City Americans)
G Joel Hofer (Portland Winterhawks)

The Stanley Cup Champion Blues had a pair of WHL talents at their camp. Leading the way was Winterhawks goaltender Joel Hofer, the team’s fourth-round pick at the 2018 NHL Draft. Joining him at camp was Czech forward Krystof Hrabik, who recently completed his first season in the WHL by tallying 51 points (21G-30A) in 63 games.

Winnipeg Jets (4)
F Skyler McKenzie (Portland Winterhawks)
F Noah Philp (Seattle Thunderbirds)
F Luke Toporowski (Spokane Chiefs)
D Scott Walford (Victoria Royals)

The Jets invited a quartet of WHL talents to their camp, with all originating from the Western Conference. Leading the way was drafted and signed prospect Skyler McKenzie, who recently completed his first season in the professional ranks with the Manitoba Moose. Also joining him on the forward core were camp invites Noah Philp and Luke Toporowski of the Thunderbirds and Chiefs, respectively. Rounding out the group was Royals’ defenceman Scott Walford.

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