NHL Rookie Camp Standouts: Who Impressed in Buffalo, Penticton and Traverse City?

NHL Training camps officially opened this past weekend, with rookie tournaments taking place across the NHL landscape. Today we discuss who stood in the three main events: Tournament in Buffalo Featuring Boston, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa and Pittsburgh; With tournament in Penticton, BC Calgary, Edmonton, winnipeg and Vancouver; and Traverse City, Mich., which featured columbus, Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis And Toronto,

Corey Pronman was in the Buffalo tournament, although he did not appear for the final game. Thomas Drans reported from Penticton, and Max Bultman was in Traverse City. Overall, here are a few picks from each tournament we looked at, with a look at the players we felt helped their chances of breaking a big club or gave a strong impression of their future potential .


Buffalo Tournament: Corey Pronman

Owen BeckyC, Montreal: Beck’s tournament wasn’t full of flashy moments, but he was a play-driver in the middle. He’s not that big, but his level of competition was pretty good, he won a lot of battles and paced his game. He did this while doing some drama and getting involved in crime. He may never be high end in anything in the NHL, but he has a well-rounded skill set and looks like a guy who would be effective as a pro.

Fabian Liesel, RW, Boston: Lysell was one of the most noticeable players at Boston from a talent perspective, as with his excellent skating and skill he was the only forward who could consistently build things up from a zone entry or opportunity creation perspective. He’s still not physically imposing, but I think he’s working on being more consistent with his effort and it’s been noticeable over the past few months.

jiri kulichoc, buffalo: Kulich has built on his MVP performance at the U18 Worlds over the past few months with a strong junior junior and good camp performances for Buffalo. He played in this tournament on the opposite middle of the wing and looked comfortable. Kulich isn’t the best at any one thing, but his combination of pace, work ethic and skill inspired him to keep playing and things happened even when he went up against older players at the age of 18. He is going to start the season in the AHL, and as far as I can tell he is ready to help a team at that level.

simon germanRHD, New Jersey: Namek’s game was not filled with highlight reels or physical dominance of a player like Juraj SlafkowskiBut he was quite effective in his game. His hockey sense is excellent, and you saw it through matches where he always made the right decisions with the puck, keeping the game above the ice and creating offense as well. He combined it with solid defensive work. I’d love to see him play another year outside of the NHL, but you can tell how skilled and fast his puck-movement is by how much professional experience he has.

Shane PintoC, Ottawa: Pinto was very good in one match he played. His strong skills and level of competition were evident and he was often doing positive things around the puck. he had a fear of mid-game injury, Which was not ideal after losing so much time due to injury recently, but he came back and finished the game. He looks set to play a special role on this senators,

Samuel Paulin, C, Pittsburgh: Pollin Line did very well in one game the Penguin played. I don’t think he stood out and took over, but I liked how Polin’s game looked. He was winning a lot of battles, competing well and being on top of completing plays. He also seemed comfortable playing the middle, a fact I didn’t accidentally mention in my previous writings of Polin, as he played center during the second half of last season.

Juraj Slafkowski, LW, Montreal: Slafkovsky wasn’t on the entire score sheet in his two games, but he stood out as you’d expect 2022 to be the first overall pick, especially in his first game. At times Slafkowski physically outwitted his opponents with his massive frame. His speed, reach and skill combination allowed him to generate a ton of clean entries. He scored and generated plenty of scoring opportunities and overall was the most impressive supporter in the event, as was somewhat expected.


Penticton Tournament: Thomas Drance

Danila Klimovich, RW, Vancouver: Klimovich is physically imposing, highly skilled and has a tendency to attack high-end, but he has only really played high-level competitive hockey for one year and this can show in his position and detail. For example, in Vancouver’s first game, Klimovich lost his temper, ruined possession with poor shot selection, struggled to use his classmates and was constantly out of position. From there, however, Klimovich took over, turning the puck on the forecheck, backing well with the wall and threading passes through defenders at will. A fascinating player development experiment, if Klimovich can overcome the blind spots in his hockey IQ, there’s a ton of potential here. His second North American professional season got off to a wildly impressive start this weekend.

perfect coleC, Winnipeg: Perfetti found a way to make a significant impact at Penticton, despite some poor play from the Jets’ potential team as a whole. A supercomputer processing level is apparent when you look closely at Perfetti, and this allows him to influence whether he’s scoring or not. Defensively, he was excellent, with a disruptive stick and an wit to read and react in some difficult situations, which was important as Winnipeg prospects spent much of the tournament without Cook. Apart from the third period of Winnipeg’s final tournament game, which he completely took over, Perfetti consistently demonstrated his puck skills and playmaking on the power play, where he excelled at skillfully creating chances for his teammates. .

Connor Jari, LW/C, Calgary: Zari’s on-ice intelligence and competitiveness were unmistakable this weekend. Playing as both a center and a wing, Zari’s speed, often cited as his greatest area for improvement, was not an issue from afar, and his anticipation, stick handling and pucking in traffic were not an issue. K’s ability to defend allowed him to skate through defenders, win battles and move around the ice at will. Zari conceded defeat individually, played with the lead and fought hard at the nets. He also made some questionable decisions with the puck, but he created opportunities and looked like a player who was far from breaking through on the offensive throughout the tournament.

Dylan HollowayW, Edmonton: The Oilers’ potential team Penticton was easily the most talented side in the tournament, and Holloway was their most consistently dynamic. With his combination of speed and size, Holloway looked like an NHL player throughout the tournament. He showed more creativity than I expected, creating several scoring chances in Edmonton’s first tournament game, and was credited with assisting in that game (though I felt he should be credited with another one as well). Holloway contributed to both special teams’ units, showing great experience for bumper spots on the power play, and counted on playing in leveraged positions – late in a one-goal game on Friday, and in the opponent’s net on Saturday. Empty night. Perhaps most importantly, Holloway’s shot seemed completely burdened by the wrist surgery that caused him to miss the last:


Traverse City Tournament: Max Bultman

kent johnsonC, Columbus: Johnson was one of the most influential and most effective players at Traverse City this weekend. He had plenty, attacked with pace, and his clear skills and understanding of hockey translated into three matches with six points (two goals, four assists) on the scoresheet. Louis at the start of the tournament—something to watch as he pushes his NHL roster—but he also had one goal in that game and two by the end of the night. used to help And while the Blue Jackets were down late for Toronto, Johnson was in the midst of a late push for Columbus to tie it in the final minutes. It was a strong performance.

Denton MatechukLHD, Columbus: On the Columbus team with many interesting prospects, Matechuk was one of the most consistently noticeable players on the ice for his skating and smarts. He didn’t light up the box score – he had just one assist over the weekend – but he was a controlled exhaust machine and looked ready under pressure, making lots of smart, simple plays.

Christian KyrouRHD, Dallas: Like Mateychuk, Kyrou impressed with his wits and dynamism. He scored two goals for the Stars, but even more impressive was how impressive he was as an undersized 19-year-old defenseman with plenty of players in his early to mid-twenties. He consistently showed his shrewdness and poise, escaping pressure when needed and helping create offense for the stars.

Zachary BoldusiC/LW, St. Louis: This was not a great performance by the Blues as a whole, as St. Louis lost two separate games 7–1. But when I didn’t pay much attention to him in the team’s first game, Bolduc stood up to me in the last two games, creating opportunities and converting them. I’m not sure if it was a coincidence, but the latter two games came with Bolduc on the wing when he played center in the opener. He finished the weekend with two goals and two assists in three games, and I love seeing some physicality from him, too. It is also worth noting that his linemate, 2022 Sixth Round Selection landon sim, finished the tournament among the scoring leaders with five points (three goals and two assists) in three games. Beyond the goals, I looked to the Sim primarily for its competitiveness level, but it was a productive performance for such a young late-round pick.

Sebastian Cosa, G, Detroit: Detroit split the time equally among the three goalscorers in this event, so Kosa played in half of the two games, but was dominant. He intercepted 33 of the 34 shots he saw, including some hard shots with the pads. He is big, athletic and looks in control over the weekend. He was clearly the top goalscorer in the tournament. It will be really interesting to see if Detroit chooses to play him this season, which looks like it will span main camp and preseason.

(Photo by Juraj Slafkowski: David Kirouk/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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