145 WHL Players to Attend NHL Training Camps

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Calgary, Alta. –  The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 145 WHL players will attend NHL rookie and training camps in September. All players are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2017-18 season.

Of the 145 players attending, 90 were selected in the NHL Draft, including Brandon Wheat Kings forward Nolan Patrick, who was chosen second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2017 NHL Draft. Regina Pats captain Sam Steel – the reigning WHL scoring champion – was a first-round selection of the Anaheim Ducks in 2016 and will be in camp with the club. The remaining 55 players were provided NHL camp invites.

All 22 WHL teams are represented, with the Portland Winterhawks leading the charge with 12 players at NHL camps, including Cody Glass, the first draft choice in Vegas Golden Knights franchise history.

The Kelowna Rockets and Seattle Thunderbirds follow closely, each with 10 players attending NHL camps.

Overall, the U.S. Division is sending the most players out of any WHL division, with 40 players off to NHL camps. The East Division will see 38 players attend NHL camps with the B.C. Division (35) and Central Division (32) close behind.

Overall, 87 forwards, 48 defencemen and 10 goaltenders from across the WHL will attend NHL camps in 2017.

The following is a list of WHL players, sorted alphabetical by team, who will attend NHL training camps:

Brandon Wheat Kings (7)

Position Name   NHL Team   Draft Status
F Nolan Patrick Philadelphia Flyers 2017 – Round 1 (2nd)
F Stelio Mattheos Carolina Hurricanes 2017 – Round 3 (73rd)
F Tanner Kaspick St. Louis Blues 2016 – Round 4 (119th)
F Ty Lewis Colorado Avalanche Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Daniel Bukac Boston Bruins 2017 – Round 7 (204th)
D Kale Clague Los Angeles Kings 2016 – Round 2 (51st)
G Logan Thompson Vegas Golden Knights Free agent

Calgary Hitmen (7)

F Beck Malenstyn Washington Capitals 2016 – Round 5 (145th)
F Jakob Stukel Vancouver Canucks 2016 – Round 6 (154th)
F Matteo Gennaro Ottawa Senators Free agent
F Mark Kastelic San Jose Sharks Camp invite – Eligible 2018
F Luke Coleman Edmonton Oilers Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Jake Bean Carolina Hurricanes 2016 – Round 1 (13th)
G Nick Schneider Calgary Flames Signed 2015

Edmonton Oil Kings (3)

F Trey Fix-Wolansky Edmonton Oilers Camp invite – Eligible 2018
F Davis Koch Edmonton Oilers Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Will Warm Vegas Golden Knights Camp invite – Eligible 2018

Everett Silvertips (4)

F Patrick Bajkov Vegas Golden Knights Free agent
D Noah Juulsen Montreal Canadiens 2015 – Round 1 (26th)
D Kevin Davis Minnesota Wild Free agent
G Carter Hart Philadelphia Flyers 2016 – Round 2 (48th)

Kamloops Blazers (7)

F Garrett Pilon Washington Capitals 2016 – Round 3 (87th)
F Deven Sideroff Anaheim Ducks 2015 – Round 3 (84th)
F Rudolfs Balcers San Jose Sharks 2015 – Round 5 (142nd)
F Luc Smith New York Rangers Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Ondrej Vala Dallas Stars Signed 2016
G Dylan Ferguson Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 7 (194th) (DAL)
G Connor Ingram Tampa Bay Lightning 2016 – Round 3 (88th)

Kelowna Rockets (10)

F Kole Lind Vancouver Canucks 2017 – Round 2 (33rd)
F Dillon Dube Calgary Flames 2016 – Round 2 (56th)
F Carsen Twarynski Philadelphia Flyers 2016 – Round 3 (82nd)
F Calvin Thurkauf Columbus Blue Jackets 2016 – Round 7 (185th)
F Nick Merkley Phoenix Coyotes 2015 – Round 1 (30th)
F Tomas Soustal Dallas Stars Free agent
D Cal Foote Tampa Bay Lightning 2017 – Round 1 (14th)
D Lucas Johansen Washington Capitals 2016 – Round 1 (28th)
D Braydyn Chizen Minnesota Wild 2016 – Round 7 (204th)
D Devante Stephens Buffalo Sabres 2015 – Round 5 (122nd)

Kootenay ICE (3)

F Brett Davis Dallas Stars 2017 – Round 6 (163rd)
F Vince Loschiavo Dallas Stars Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Cale Fleury Montreal Canadiens 2017 – Round 3 (87th)

Lethbridge Hurricanes (4)

F Giorgio Estephan Minnesota Wild Free agent
F Jordy Bellerive Pittsburgh Penguins Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Brennan Menell Minnesota Wild Free agent
G Stuart Skinner Edmonton Oilers 2017 – Round 3 (78th)

Medicine Hat Tigers (8)

F Mason Shaw Minnesota Wild 2017 – Round 4 (97th)
F Zach Fischer Calgary Flames 2017 – Round 5 (140th)
F James Hamblin Boston Bruins Camp invite – Eligible 2018
F Mark Rassell Calgary Flames Free agent
F Matt Bradley Minnesota Wild Free agent
F Max Gerlach Phoenix Coyotes Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D David Quenneville New York Islanders 2016 – Round 7 (200th)
G Jordan Hollett Ottawa Senators 2017 – Round 6 (183rd)

Moose Jaw Warriors (7)

F Brett Howden Tampa Bay Lightning 2016 – Round 1 (27th)
F Noah Gregor San Jose Sharks 2016 – Round 4 (111th)
F Jayden Halbgewachs Vegas Golden Knights Free agent
F Tanner Jeannot Washington Capitals Free agent
D Josh Brook Montreal Canadiens 2017 – Round 2 (56th)
D Oleg Sosunov Tampa Bay Lightning 2016 – Round 6 (178th)
D Dmitri Zaitsev Washington Capitals 2016 – Round 7 (207th)

Portland Winterhawks (12)

F Cody Glass Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 1 (6th)
F Skyler McKenzie Winnipeg Jets 2017 – Round 7 (198th)
F Kieffer Bellows New York Islanders 2016 – Round 1 (19th)
F Joachim Blichfeld San Jose Sharks 2016 – Round 7 (210th)
F Alex Overhardt Nashville Predators Free agent
F Evan Weinger Los Angeles Kings Free agent
F Ryan Hughes Nashville Predators Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Henri Jokiharju Chichago Blackhawks 2017 – Round 1 (29th)
D Brendan De Jong Carolina Hurricanes 2017 – Round 6 (166th)
D Caleb Jones Edmonton Oilers 2015 – Round 4 (117th)
D Keoni Texeira Vegas Golden Knights Free agent
G Cole Kehler Winnipeg Jets Free agent

Prince Albert Raiders (4)

F Jordy Stallard Winnipeg Jets 2016 – Round 5 (127th)
F Parker Kelly Ottawa Senators Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Vojtech Budik Buffalo Sabres 2016 – Round 5 (130th)
G Ian Scott Toronto Maple Leafs 2017 – Round 4 (110th)

Prince George Cougars (8)

F Nikita Popugaev New Jersey Devils 2017 – Round 4 (98th)
F Jansen Harkins Winnipeg Jets 2015 – Round 2 (47th)
F Jesse Gabrielle Boston Bruins 2015 – Round 4 (105th)
F Radovan Bondra Chichago Blackhawks 2015 – Round 5 (151st)
F Kody McDonald Winnipeg Jets Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Dennis Cholowski Detroit Red Wings 2016 – Round 1 (20th)
D Josh Anderson Colorado Avalanche 2016 – Round 3 (71st)
D Brendan Guhle Buffalo Sabres 2015 – Round 2 (51st)

Red Deer Rebels (7)

F Lane Zablocki Detroit Red Wings 2017 – Round 3 (79th)
F Brandon Hagel Buffalo Sabres 2016 – Round 6 (159th)
F Adam Musil St. Louis Blues 2015 – Round 4 (94th)
F Michael Spacek Winnipeg Jets 2015 – Round 4 (108th)
F Kristian Reichel Winnipeg Jets Camp invite – Eligible 2018
F Grayson Pawlenchuk Edmonton Oilers Free agent
D Ethan Sakowich Boston Bruins Camp invite – Eligible 2018

Regina Pats (10)

F Jake Leschyshyn Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 2 (62nd)
F Nick Henry Colorado Avalanche 2017 – Round 4 (94th)
F Sam Steel Anaheim Ducks 2016 – Round 1 (30th)
F Austin Wagner Los Angeles Kings 2015 – Round 4 (99th)
F Matthew Bradley Minnestoa Wild Free agent
D Josh Mahura Anaheim Ducks 2016 – Round 3 (85th)
D Sergei Zborovskiy New York Rangers 2015 – Round 3 (79th)
D Connor Hobbs Washington Capitals 2015 – Round 5 (143rd)
D Jonathan Smart Toronto Maple Leafs Camp invite – Eligible 2018
D Liam Schioler Edmonton Oilers Camp invite – Eligible 2018

Saskatoon Blades (2)

D Libor Hajek Tampa Bay Lightning 2016 – Round 2 (37th)
D Evan Fiala Detroit Red Wings Free agent

Seattle Thunderbirds (10)

F Matthew Barzal New York Islanders 2015 – Round 1 (16th)
F Keegan Kolesar Vegas Golden Knights

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