Sept 9,2014(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – With NHL rookie training camps opening this week, the Edmonton Oil Kings will be well represented in the professional ranks, with nine current Oil Kings invited to pro camps.
Leading the charge is Oil Kings leading goal scorer Curtis Lazar (2013 1st round, 17th overall), who will head to camp with the Ottawa Senators, and starting goalie Tristan Jarry (2013 2nd round, 44th overall), a prospect of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
All five of the Oil Kings chosen in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft will head off to pro camps, as Brett Pollock (Dallas Stars – second round, 45th overall), Dysin Mayo (Arizona Coyotes – fifth round, 133rd overall), Aaron Irving (Nashville Predators – sixth round, 162nd overall) and Edgars Kulda (Arizona Coyotes – seventh round, 193rd overall) all get their first taste of an NHL training camp. Brandon Baddock (New Jersey – sixth round 161st overall) will head to his second camp, having attended training camp as an undrafted invitee last season with the Edmonton Oilers.
Two Oil Kings have earned free agent invites to camps, as Ashton Sautner will join Arizona and Mads Eller will head to rookie camp with Dallas. Both players attended development camps this summer with the Coyotes.
Oil Kings Griffin Reinhart (New York Islanders – 2012 1st round, 4th overall), Henrik Samuelsson (Arizona – 2012 1st round, 27th overall) and Mitch Moroz (Edmonton – 2012 2nd round, 32nd overall) will also head to camps, but with all three eligible to play in the AHL this season, none are expected to return to the WHL this season.
Including signed free agent Cody Corbett (Colorado Avalanche) and free agent invite Reid Petryk (Colorado), 14 members of the 2014 Memorial Cup championship roster will attend NHL training camps this fall.