Wednesday, September 4, 2013

OHL Free Agent Invites to NHL Rookie Camps

If you follow me on twitter, you'd know that I've been trying to keep everyone up to date on which OHL players have received free agent invites to NHL rookie camps/tournaments. We all know that the drafted players will be attending, but it's great to know which other OHL players will be leaving their teams for the time being.

With nearly all of the rookie camp rosters announced, I've decided to accumulate a master list of all the free agent invites from the OHL (organized according to OHL team). I'm not including graduated OA's (like Matt Petgrave, Alex Cord, etc), although I have been tweeting news about them receiving invites.

Barrie Colts:
Mitchell Theoret - Winnipeg Jets
Erik Bradford - Columbus Blue Jackets (injured and can't attend)
Zach Hall - Vancouver Canucks

Belleville Bulls
Scott Simmonds - Pittsburgh Penguins

Erie Otters
Stephen Harper - Philadelphia Flyers
Dane Fox - St. Louis Blues

Guelph Storm
Ryan Horvat - Anaheim Ducks
Hunter Garlent - Carolina Hurricanes
Zach Mitchell - Carolina Hurricanes

Kingston Frontenacs 
Jean Dupuy - Winnipeg Jets
Michael Moffat - Nashville Predators

Kitchener Rangers
Ben Fanelli - New York Rangers
Max Iafrate - San Jose Sharks

London Knights
Matt Rupert - Toronto Maple Leafs
Dakota Mermis - Columbus Blue Jackets
Paxton Leroux - New York Rangers
Brett Welychka - Tampa Bay Lightning

Mississauga Steelheads
Dylan Smoskowitz - Calgary Flames

Niagara IceDogs
Jordan Maletta - Detroit Red Wings
Luke Mercer - Columbus Blue Jackets (injured and can't attend)
Chris Festarini - Montreal Canadiens

North Bay Battalion
Barclay Goodrow - Detroit Red Wings
Marcus McIvor - Los Angeles Kings
Zach Bell - Winnipeg Jets
Brendan Miller - St. Louis Blues

Oshawa Generals
Justice Dundas - San Jose Sharks

Ottawa 67's

Owen Sound Attack
Cameron Brace - Pittsburgh Penguins
Kyle Hope - Vancouver Canucks

Peterborough Petes
Greg Betzold - St. Louis Blues
Stephen Pierog - Carolina Hurricanes
Connor Boland - Buffalo Sabres

Plymouth Whalers
Carter Sandlak - Minnesota Wild

Saginaw Spirit
Justin Sefton - Columbus Blue Jackets

Sarnia Sting
Alex Basso - Minnesota Wild

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Alex Gudbranson - Florida Panthers

Sudbury Wolves
Matthew Campagna - Los Angeles Kings
Brody Silk - Boston Bruins
Kevin Raine - Toronto Maple Leafs
Franky Palazzese - Edmonton Oilers

Windsor Spitfires
Ty Bilcke - Edmonton Oilers
Trevor Murphy - Toronto Maple Leafs
Jordan DeKort - Columbus Blue Jackets
Remy Giftopoulos - New Jersey Devils

It's possible that a couple more names could be added to this list in the coming days as the tournaments begin. We're also missing the rosters of a couple teams (NJD, PHX, NYI).

Of course, if these players perform well, they could earn an invite to the main camp, which would delay their return to their OHL club. It's also possible that the OA players listed above could earn a tryout to an AHL camp, which could also delay their return...or even prevent it permanently should they receive a contract offer.

If you want to follow these prospect tournaments to see how these players above, and the ones drafted, are doing, here are the links:

Traverse City Prospect Tournament (CAR, DET, BUF, DAL, DET, MIN, NYR, STL)

Toronto Rookie Tournament (TOR, OTT, PIT, CHI)

Penticton Young Stars Tournament (VAN, CGY, EDM, SJ, WPG)

Coral Springs Rookie Tournament (FLA, BOS, NSH, TBL) - no link found yet

Los Angeles' and Anaheim's rookie teams will play each other in two exhibition games separate from any tournament. You're best to follow those through the bevy of blogs on either club, or at hfboards.


Anonymous said...

Dozens of names missing. London sent 19, Guelph 12 and Kitchener 8 alone.

Anonymous said...

This is a free agent listing only , read the heading of the post !

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