The players attending were bantam draft picks from the last two drafts and a few free agent invites. It is a good chance for the players to see what it means to be an Oil King as they are introduced to the staff, tour the facilities and meet potential teammates.
2012 draft picks Andrew Koep, Colton Kehler, Patrick Dea, Jesse Mills and Garrett Armour were some of the more recognizable names, and they did not disappoint. There will be an opportunity for several of the 16 year prospects to crack the roster at main camp in September.
Meanwhile several of the 2013 picks showed strong including Davis Koch, Kyle Yewchuk and Alex Rotundo. The prospects will have access to video of the camp, with lessons to work on throughout the summer as they prepare to return for Rookie Camp in August.
This and That
-Brett Pollock was one of the current Oil Kings helping during the camp. He sported a helmet with the number 39 on it, indicating a change from 20 which he wore last year.
-Expect a couple other number changes from returning players when camp opens in September.
-Goaltender Tristan Jarry and forward Curtis Lazar spent the weekend in Toronto at the NHL Draft Combine. Lazar had 26 interviews with NHL team managers.