Prince George, B.C. – Heading into the weekend 10 Prince George Cougars are confirmed to attend 2016 NHL Summer Development Camps, some of which are already underway. The list of players includes seven players who have been drafted to NHL teams while three players are attending camps as free-agent invites.
Below is a list of the players attending camps along with their respective teams and the dates that their camps are taking place:
Jansen Harkins (Winnipeg Jets – July 3-7): Harkins was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round (47th overall) during the 2015 NHL Draft. This marks his second NHL Summer Development Camp with Winnipeg. Last season he finished fourth in team scoring with 24 goals and 33 assists. He holds the franchise record for assists in a season (59 in 2014-15) and currently sits 11th on the Cougars all-time list for points (70 points shy of the all-time lead). He was picked second overall by the Cougars in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
Jesse Gabrielle (Boston Bruins – July 12 – 15): Gabrielle was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft and is off to his second NHL Summer Devleopment Camp. He was acquired by the Cougars in a trade last summer with the Regina Pats. In 72 games this season Gabrielle finished tied for the team lead in goals with 40 and second in points with 75. He captured the Troy Bourke Award (Offensive Player of the Year) and the Dorothy Johnson Memorial Award (Fan Favorite Award) in 2016.
Brad Morrison (New York Rangers – June 27 – July 1): Morrison was picked by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft and is currently participating in his second NHL Summer Development Camp. Last season he set new career highs for goals (28), assists (34) and points (62) which placed him third on the team. He led the Cougars with 21 power play points and game winning goals (5). He was chosen seventh overall by the Cougars in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
Sam Ruopp (Columbus Blue Jackets – June 27 – June 30): Ruopp was selected in the fifth round (129th overall) by the Blue Jackets in the 2015 NHL Draft and is wrapping up his second NHL Development Camp today in Ohio. The Cougars two-year captain is coming off a season where he recorded four goals, 21 assists, 100 penalty minutes and a +23 rating (the highest plus-minus total for a Cougar since 2001-02). He is the two-time reigning Eric Brewer (Top Defensive Player) Award winner and also captured the Michael Fogolin Memorial Award (Player’s Choice) in 2016. He was drafted by the Cougars in the fourth round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
Tate Olson (Vancouver Canucks – July 4 -7): Olson was chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round (210th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and will also be attending his second ever NHL Development Camp. In 2015-16, Olson led all Cougars in scoring for defenceman with nine goals and 38 assists. He finished a +16 and was second on the team with 20 power play points. He was drafted by the Cougars in the second round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
Josh Anderson (Colorado Avalanche – July 5-11): Anderson was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) last Saturday at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo and will attend his first ever NHL Summer Development Camp next week. In 39 games in 2015-16, Anderson had a goal, five assists and 86 penalty minutes for the Cougars. He’s the fastest Cougars defenceman to have been selected in the NHL Draft since Ty Wishart (Round 1, 2006, San Jose). He was drafted third overall by the Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
Axel Jonsson-Fjällby (Washington Capitals – June 28 – July 2): Earlier this week the Cougars used the 28th overall pick in the 2016 CHL Import Draft to grab forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, a 2016 fifth round draft pick (147th overall) of the Washington Capitals. In 39 games played with Djurgårdens IF J20 in the SuperElit League, Jonsson-Fjällby scored 13 goals and added 16 assists and 8 penalty minutes and was a +11. He then struck for four goals and four assists in seven playoff games. He’s currently in the midst of his first NHL Summer Development Camp.
Ty Edmonds (San Jose Sharks – July 7 – 12): Goaltender Ty Edmonds is attending his first ever NHL Summer Development Camp later in July with the Sharks. The 19-year-old finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 21-17-2-1, a goals-against-average of 2.75, a .913 save percentage and four shutouts. He currently sits second all-time in games played by a Cougars goaltender (161). He’s 27 wins shy of surpassing Scott Myers for the all-time lead in victories for a Cougars goaltender. He was drafted by the Cougars in the ninth round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
Brogan O’Brien (Colorado Avalanche – July 5 – 11): Brogan O’Brien has been invited by the Colorado Avalanche to attend his first ever NHL Summer Development Camp. The reigning Cougars Rookie of the Year scored 18 goals and added 38 assists and a +12 rating in 71 games played in 2015-16. He was acquired by the Cougars in a 2015 trade deadline deal with the Kelowna Rockets and he signed with the team in March of that same year.
Kody McDonald (Montreal Canadiens – July 1 – 6): Kody McDonald is heading East tomorrow to Montreal to attend his first ever NHL Summer Development Camp. He just finished his sophomore season in the WHL and struck for 15 goals, 14 assists, a +5 rating and 137 penalty minutes (fourth in the WHL) in 71 games. He was drafted by the Prince George Cougars in the second round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
All 30 NHL teams are scheduled to host Summer Development Camps throughout the summer which means that even more players from the Cougars who are eligible could receive invites in the days and weeks to come