With the Greyhounds training camp slated to open on Wednesday August 28th I thought I would take a quick look at those invited to camp including the returning players. This year’s camp is split into 4 teams Red, Black, White and Green with a total of 47 players at camp. Without further ado here are the players suiting up for teams Red and Black. With team White and Green coming up tomorrow and a big picture look on the team and position battles coming up on Tuesday.
3rd Round pick in 2011 Justin served as Matt Murrays back up last year after playing prep hockey in the States for the 11-12 season. Really came on late last season with a .924 sv% and a 2.14 G.A.A. in February and his first career shutout March 3rd against the Peterborough Petes.
The Hounds 2nd round pick from the 2012 draft had an up and down rookie season last year which included an 8 game suspension for a head check in Sarnia. Kevin suited up for 22 games and picked up 2 assists and was a plus 2. The Hounds have a lot of depth on the back end so it will be imperative that Kevin has a good camp.
Kyle played last year for the Oakville Rangers of the OJHL where he was a standout for them on the blueline. For the season Kyle picked up 9G 20A in 46 games and was named an OJHL 1st team all prospect. Kyle is also a minor midget teammate of fellow Hounds David Miller and Nick Pastorious on the OHL Cup champion Mississauga Rebels.
Hounds fans who attended the Telus Cup last year in S.S.M. were able to get a sneak peak at Medric as he scored 4 goals for the the silver medal winning Ottawa Jr 67’s of the OEMHL. Medric also suited up in 9 games for the Hawksbury Hawks of the CCHL where he picked up 1g and 1a. In the 11-12 OHL Cup Medric picked up 1g 7a in 6 GP.
Andrew is one of 3 overage players in camp for the Hounds and he will be wearing an “A” on his sweater this year. Personally I am a big fan of Andrew Fritsch and I feel that he is someone who can put up big numbers as an OA. Andrew came on strong for the Hounds in the second half of last season picking up 12 goals and 11 assists in the final 18 games. With 212 career OHL games and 165 career points Andrew will be looked upon to bring leadership and offense to the table.
Mitchell Dempsey came to the Hounds last season along with Dylan Mascarin for former 1st round pick Gianluca Curcuruto and while he had a strong training camp last year he was a bit of a disappointment during the regular season in terms of offensive production. That being said the potential is still there for Mitchell enough so that the Boston Bruins made him a 7th round draft pick last year. With 2 consecutive seasons with 1 goal and 4 assists it will be imperative for Mitchell to show early that he can bring more offense to the table or risk losing ice time to younger Hounds.
I’m not going to lie I couldn’t find any information on Dalton. Why is this? Well he is a sleeper; Kyle Dubas wanted to keep him under wraps so he deleted all Google information on him. Obviously this isn’t true but I had to write something about Dalton.
Riley spent last season with the Whitby Wildcats Major Midget team where he picked up 20 goals and 24 assists in 36 games. The Wildcats were one of the top midget teams in the province last year and lost out on a trip to the Telus cup when they fell to the Ottawa Jr 67’s in the provincial championship.
Last year’s 1st round draft pick Jared had a fantastic year for the Hounds where he netted 21 goals to go along with 23 assists for 44 points. How good were those numbers for a Hounds 16 year old? That is the most goals by a Hounds 16 year old Rookie since Joe Thornton netted 30 in 95-96 and the most points by a Hounds 16 year old rookie since Trevor Daley picked up 46 in 99-00. While his season ended disappointingly with a concussion after vicious headshot from Cameron Brace in the OHL Playoffs, Jared was able to bounce back and help lead Canada to a Gold Medal at the summer Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic.
Peter is a free agent invitee who played last year for the Abitibi Eskimos of the NOJHL where he picked up 13 goals and 26 assists in 35 games. On top of that he has played in 16 OHL games for the Sudbury Wolves the last 3 seasons picking up 1 goal. Since Peter has no NCAA eligibility issues to worry about look for him to get a long look throughout training camp and the exhibition schedule. He could be one player who surprises and steals a spot.
The hounds picked up Travis in the 10th round of this past May’s priority selection. Last season he suited up for the Windsor Jr Spitefires where he picked up 6 goals in 6 assists in 36 games including both regular season and playoffs.
The Hounds 8th round pick from this past May’s priority selection spent last season with the OHL Cup champion Oakville Rangers. Picked up 3 wins in 4 games at the OHL cup and finished with a 0.75 G.A.A. and 1 Shutout.
Free agent invite who has spent the last 2 seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars of the GNMHL. Brian will suit up for the Soo Thunderbirds this season in the NOJHL. His younger brother is a draft pick of the North Bay Battalion. Had a G.A.A. of 2.27 and 2.21 the last two years with the North Stars.
Jake spent last season with the Thunder Bay Kings minor midget program where he picked up 20 goals and 33 assists in 82 games. While he was held scoreless in 4 games at the OHL Cup he chipped in with 1 goal and 1 assists in 5 games for team HNO at the inaugural OHL Gold Cup. While I can’t foresee Jake making the team this year he is a player I imagine will push for a spot in a year or two.
Couldn’t find much on Jack VanBoekel as Google has let me down once again. What I did find out is that he is a big boy at 6’6” and he did pick up an assists in the final game of the Hounds development camp.
The Beard is back and he will have an “A” on his jersey this year. The 6’3” 205lbs rearguard matched career highs last year with 3 goals and 11 assists but it is his physical play and team first attitude that has endeared him to the local fans. With Miller and Sproul now moved on look for Alex to be leaned on more this year with high leveraged minutes against opponents top lines. It should also be noted that Alex has been invited to the Florida Panthers rookie tournament team so congratulations on the invite Alex.
Colton White was the Hounds 2nd round draft pick from this past May’s draft and he has already commited and signed with the Hounds. A skilled and mobile defender Colton should be a boon for the Hounds power play during his time in Sault Ste. Marie.
The other piece that came over from Plymouth in the Curcuruto trade Dylan split last year between Thunder Bay of the SIJHL and Smith Falls of the CCHL. Dylan picked up 3g and 11a in Thunder Bay and 1g and 1a in Smith Falls. Dylan suited up for Thunder Bay in the OHL Cup in 10-11 and suited up for Thunder Bay in the Dudley Hewitt Cup in 11-12. A high energy forward look for Dylan to push for a spot in the Hounds bottom 6 this season.
A former 4th round pick 77th overall of the Missisauga St Michaels Majors franchise Grant suited up 62 times for the Majors/Steelheads franchise. Known more as an agitator with 0 goals and 85 PIMs in his time in Missisauga. Spent the last half of the 12-13 season with the Soo Thunderbirds following his release from the Steelheads. Much like Peter Poulin-Roy expect Grant to get a long look in camp and the exhibition season due to the fact that he has no NCAA eligibility.
The Hounds 6th round pick this past May out of the Halton Hurricans program. Chris can be a dynamic scorer as demonstrated by his 5 goals and 2 assists in 5 games at the OHL cup for Halton last April. While I don’t expect him to play for the Hounds this year I am hoping he finds a home in the OJHL this year and develops similarly to Kyle Jenkins and David Miller.
One of last seasons 3 16 year olds to play the whole season in the Soo, Trent is a high energy player who never stops moving his feet and is fearless when going into corners. With Trent, Landon Schiller and Nick Pastorious the Hounds have the makings of a fantastic “Energy Line” the next few seasons.
One of the 3 OA’s in camp for the Hounds Patrick is a Sault Ste. Marie native that was picked up early in the offseason in a trade with the Guelph Storm. The Storm are a team that I saw the most last year outside of the Greyhounds and Patrick was far and away one of the more enjoyable players to watch on that team. He is great on the PK and with Ryan Horvat and Tyler Bertuzzi he helped form one of the better 3rd lines in the league last year using his speed to continually pressure opponent break outs and to frustrate opposing D.
A free agent signing last season from Coach Sheldon Keefe’s Pembroke Lumber Kings Tyler acquitted himself quite well to the Soo faithful. Primarily used in the 3rd line role Tyler excelled on the PK and showed that he can fill in admirably on the 2nd line for short periods of time.