126 WHL Players Attending NHL Camps


September 9, 2013 Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 126 WHL players have been invited to attend NHL training camps in September.  All of the 126 players attending NHL camps are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2013-14 season.

Of the 126 WHL players set to attend NHL training camps, 85 were selected in the NHL Draft and 41 are free agent invitees.  37 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 Edmonton Oil Kings boast an impressive 13 players who will attend NHL camps, which is the most of any WHL Club.  In addition, the Portland Winterhawks will send 12 players to NHL camps, and the Medicine Hat Tigers will see 10 players attend NHL training camps.

Each year, WHL graduates make up a significant percentage of players who play in the NHL.  In 2012-13, WHL graduates accounted for 20 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 2013-14 season:

Brandon Wheat Kings (4)

Name, NHL Club, Draft Year/Free Agent, Signed (Y/N)

Richard Nejezchleb, Pittsburgh Penguins, F/A, No
Ryan Pulock, New York Islanders, 2013, No
Eric Roy, Calgary Flames, 2013, No
Nick Walters, St. Louis Blues, 2012, No

Calgary Hitmen (9)

Brady Brassart, Tampa Bay Lightning, F/A, No
Greg Chase, Edmonton Oilers, 2013, No
Chris Driedger, Ottawa Senators, 2012, No
Kenton Helgesen, Anaheim Ducks, 2012, No
Zane Jones, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Victor Rask, Carolina Hurricanes, 2011, YES
Jaynen Rissling, Washington Capitals, 2012, No
Alex Roach, Los Angeles Kings, F/A, YES
Mack Shields, Florida Panthers, F/A, No

Edmonton Oil Kings (13)

Brandon Baddock, Edmonton Oilers, F/A, No
Laurent Brossoit, Calgary Flames, 2011, YES
Cody Corbett, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Travis Ewanyk, Edmonton Oilers, 2011, YES
Martin Gernat, Edmonton Oilers, 2011, YES
Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2013, YES
Curtis Lazar, Ottawa Senators, 2013, No
Keegan Lowe, Carolina Hurricanes, 2011, YES
Mitchell Moroz, Edmonton Oilers, 2012, No
David Musil, Edmonton Oilers, 2011, YES
Griffin Reinhart, New York Islanders, 2012, YES
Henrik Samuelsson, Phoenix Coyotes, 2012, YES
Michael St. Croix, New York Rangers, 2011, YES

Everett Silvertips (7)

Ben Betker, Edmonton Oilers, 2013, No
Jujhar Khaira, Edmonton Oilers, 2012, YES
Austin Lotz, Carolina Hurricanes, F/A, No
Mirco Mueller, San Jose Sharks, 2013, No
Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2012, YES
Linden Penner, Calgary Flames, F/A, No
Reid Petryk, Edmonton Oilers, F/A, No

Kamloops Blazers (5)

Tim Bozon, Montreal Canadiens, 2012, YES
Joel Edmundson, St. Louis Blues, 2011, YES
JC Lipon, Winnipeg Jets, 2013, No
Colin Smith, Colorado Avalanche, 2013, YES
Cole Ully, Dallas Stars, 2013, No

Kelowna Rockets (9)

Myles Bell, New Jersey Devils, 2013, No
Madison Bowey, Washington Capitals, 2013, No
Tyrell Goulbourne, Philadelphia Flyers, 2013, No
Colton Heffley, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Jesse Lees, Boston Bruins, F/A, No
Ryan Olsen, Winnipeg Jets, 2012, No
Damon Severson, New Jersey Devils, 2012, YES
Colton Sissons, Nashville Predators, 2012, YES
Mitchell Wheaton, Detroit Red Wings, 2013, No

Kootenay Ice (1)

Mackenzie Skapski, New York Rangers, 2013, No

Lethbridge Hurricanes (3)
Axel Blomqvist, Winnipeg Jets, F/A, No
Josh Derko, San Jose Sharks, F/A, No
Adam Henry, Chicago Blackhawks, F/A, No

Medicine Hat Tigers (10)

Kyle Becker, Anaheim Ducks, F/A, No
Jacob Doty, St. Louis Blues, F/A, No
Spenser Jensen, San Jose Sharks, F/A, No
Miles Koules, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Marek Langhamer, Phoenix Coyotes, 2012, No
Boston Leier, Washington Capitals, F/A, No
Tyler Lewington, Washington Capitals, 2013, No
Hunter Shinkaruk, Vancouver Canucks, 2013, YES
Ty Stanton, Winnipeg Jets, F/A, No
Curtis Valk, St. Louis Blues, F/A, No

Moose Jaw Warriors (3)

Travis Brown, Chicago Blackhawks, 2012, No
Tanner Eberle, Montreal Canadiens,F/A, No
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2012, YES

Portland Winterhawks (12)

Oliver Bjorkstrand, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2013, No
Brendan Burke, Phoenix Coyotes, 2013, No
Anton Cederholm, Vancouver Canucks, 2013, No
Adam de Champlaine, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Garrett Haar, Washington Capitals, 2011, No
Seth Jones, Nashville Predators, 2013, YES
Taylor Leier, Philadelphia Flyers, 2012, YES
Brendan Leipsic, Nashville Predators, 2012, YES
Nicolas Petan, Winnipeg Jets, 2013, No
Derrick Pouliot, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2012, YES
Ty Rattie, St. Louis Blues, 2011, YES
Tyler Wotherspoon, Calgary Flames, 2011, YES

Prince Albert Raiders (6)

Chance Braid, Washington Capitals, F/A, No
Jayden Hart, Boston Bruins, F/A, No
Mark McNeill, Chicago Blackhawks, 2011, YES
Josh Morrissey, Winnipeg Jets, 2013, No
Harrison Ruopp, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2011 (Phoenix), No
Mike Winther, Dallas Stars, 2012, No

Prince George Cougars (5)

Troy Bourke, Colorado Avalanche, 2012, No
Colin Jacobs, Buffalo Sabres, 2011, YES
Marc McNulty, Detroit Red Wings, 2013, No
Zach Pochiro, St. Louis Blues, 2013, No
Klarc Wilson, New York Rangers, F/A, No

Red Deer Rebels (5)
Patrik Bartosak, Los Angeles Kings, 2013, No
Rhyse Dieno, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Kayle Doetzel, Nashville Predators, F/A, No
Mathew Dumba, Minnesota Wild, 2012, YES
Lukas Sutter, Winnipeg Jets, 2012, No

Regina Pats (4)

Kyle Burroughs, New York Islanders, 2013, No
Morgan Klimchuk, Calgary Flames, 2013, No
Dmitry Sinitsyn, Dallas Stars, 2012, No
Chandler Stephenson, Washington Capitals, 2012, No

Saskatoon Blades (4)

Darren Dietz, Montreal Canadiens, 2011, YES
Andrey Makarov, Buffalo Sabres, F/A, YES
Duncan Siemens, Colorado Avalanche, 2011, YES
Matej Stransky, Dallas Stars, 2011, YES

Seattle Thunderbirds (4)

Alexander Delnov, Florida Panthers, 2012, No
Mitch Elliot, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Jared Hauf, Philadelphia Fllyers, F/A, No
Shea Theodore, Anaheim Ducks, 2013, No

Spokane Chiefs (1)

Reid Gow, St. Louis Blues, F/A, No 

Swift Current Broncos (7)

Graham Black, New Jersey Devils, 2012, No
Colby Cave, San Jose Sharks, F/A, No
Coda Gordon, Calgary Flames, 2012, No
Dillon Heatherington, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2013, No
Adam Lowry, Winnipeg Jets, 2011, YES
Richard Nedomel, Detroit Red Wings, 2011, YES
Reece Scarlett, New Jersey Devils, 2011, YES

Tri-City Americans (4)

Eric Comrie, Winnipeg Jets, 2013, No
Michal Plutnar, Detroit Red Wings, F/A, No
Connor Rankin, Pittsburgh Penguins, F/A, No
Zachary Yuen, Toronto Maple Leafs, F/A, No

Vancouver Giants (6)

Cain Franson, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Mason Geertsen, Colorado Avalanche, 2013, No
Jackson Houck, Edmonton Oilers, 2013, No
Brett Kulak, Calgary Flames, 2012, No
Dalton Thrower, Montreal Canadiens, 2012, No
Marek Tvrdon, Detroit Red Wings, 2011, YES

Victoria Royals (4)

Austin Carroll, Anaheim Ducks, F/A, No
Keegan Kanzig, Calgary Flames, 2013, No
Logan Nelson, Buffalo Sabres, 2013, No
Ben Walker, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.