The highest 10 prospects to get NHL post-season coaching camp invitations
The Return to Play event affords a novel alternative for groups to deliver their future stars into an NHL setting for a concentrated dose of the professional ranks. Listed below are among the names that caught our prospect skilled’s eye.Bowen Byram|Steven Ellis/The Hockey Information)From a prospects angle, one of the vital thrilling features of the Return to Play coaching camps is the inclusion of among the finest and brightest from the NHL’s future ranks. Whereas there isn’t any assure that any of the youngsters will play post-season video games this 12 months, their mere presence might be a boon to their respective developments. One of the vital necessary classes to be discovered on the best way to the highest is put together and act like an expert – and what higher manner to do this than to be sequestered away with NHL veterans who’ve been there and accomplished that earlier than?
With that in thoughts, listed here are 10 high prospects who can profit from their time at Return to Play camp. And simply in case a spot or two does open up within the playoffs, I’m proscribing the record to these eligible to play – which suggests no Okay’Andre Miller (NYR), Kirill Kaprizov (MIN) or Alexander Romanov (MTL).
Bowen Byram, D, Colorado: The Avs are constructing a lethal again finish, with Cale Makar and Samuel Girard already within the fold. Byram will be a part of them quickly. Like his brethren, Byram is a depraved skater with offensive hops and he earned himself a gold medal with Canada on the world juniors this 12 months. Again within the WHL with the Vancouver Giants, the promising D-man posted greater than some extent per recreation. Now he will get an opportunity to hold with a heavy crew from Colorado.
Phil Tomasino, C, Nashville: A speedster who can actually end, Tomasino is coming off a scorching OHL marketing campaign break up between Niagara and Oshawa. He’s the proper future weapon for a Predators squad that doesn’t have numerous harmful forwards proper now and that future could also be arriving quickly. Tomasino nonetheless has a 12 months of junior eligibility left, so it is a nice alternative for him to spend an prolonged time frame with the Preds earlier than battling for a spot on the 2020-21 Nashville squad.
Nick Robertson, LW, Toronto: Robertson finds himself in a improbable place proper now – not solely is he fantastically proficient, however wage cap-wise, he’s additionally low-cost. That makes him fairly helpful for a 2020-21 Toronto squad that may want all of the cap room it may possibly get. Robertson is a good skater who’s tenacious across the puck. He led the OHL with 55 objectives this season whereas enjoying for Peterborough.
Calen Addison, D, Minnesota: One of many items that got here to the Wild within the Jason Zucker cope with Pittsburgh, Addison is a modern-style defenseman who can quarterback an influence play and actually assistance on the offensive finish. Defensively, he’s not huge, however he does have an incredible Torey Krug-like battle degree. Getting reps with the large boys will additional his progress in that respect.
Samuel Poulin, LW, Pittsburgh: A giant child with wonderful professional habits already, Poulin scored in bunches for QMJHL Sherbrooke this season. Given the dearth of prospects within the Penguins system, Poulin has a reasonably clear path to a roster spot within the close to future, however clearly he has to earn it first. This camp will give him an incredible alternative to get the lay of the land with Pittsburgh.
Victor Soderstrom, D, Arizona: Good and swift-skating, Soderstrom is a wonderful two-way defender. He has already performed in opposition to males again dwelling in Sweden, however now he will get the possibility to hold with the Coyotes on North American ice in a pressurized atmosphere. It gained’t be lengthy earlier than Soderstrom is enjoying full-time in Arizona, maybe on a pairing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Peyton Krebs, C, Vegas: After all Krebs has ability, however what the Golden Knights actually love about their 2019 first-rounder is his drive and compete degree. Had he not been coming off a critical harm (torn Achilles), Krebs might need made Canada’s WJC squad. As it’s, he’ll be an incredible possibility for the subsequent tourney. Within the meantime, he’ll get some nice expertise with Vegas earlier than probably heading again to the WHL’s Winnipeg Ice for yet one more go-around.
Jakub Skarek, G, NY Islanders: I like this one loads. This was Skarek’s first season in North America and he break up his time between AHL Bridgeport and ECHL Worcester. He’s an enormous goalie with numerous potential, however he’s nonetheless studying the sport. Having him in the identical sphere as execs like Semyon Varlamov and Thomas Greiss might be improbable for his improvement.
Yegor Zamula, D, Philadelphia: The Flyers signed Zamula as a free agent in September of 2018 and it’s already wanting like an enormous pick-up. Zamula is an enormous child who performs a dynamic two-way recreation and he was one in all Russia’s finest defensemen on the world juniors, alongside Alexander Romanov. Zamula missed the second half of the season with WHL Calgary as a consequence of a again harm, so getting the chance to skate in a aggressive atmosphere once more this season is an enormous win for him.
Philip Broberg, D, Edmonton: Along with his enviable dimension and skating capability, the longer term is vibrant for Broberg. He has been creating his recreation again dwelling in Sweden whereas enjoying in opposition to males, however it was heartening to see him play a shutdown position for the Swedes on the world juniors. Now he will get to see the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl up shut and private – which absolutely might be illuminating for the younger blueliner.
Tags: prospects, stanley cup playoffs, nhlConnect: Concerning the AuthorRyan KennedyRyan Kennedy is the affiliate senior author and draft/prospect skilled at The Hockey Information. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all referred to as his home. He lives in Toronto together with his spouse and youngsters the place he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.