Now that the 2017 NHL Draft is out of the way, the next step for the Canucks’ youngsters is Development Camp, which takes place next week.
All eight of Vancouver’s 2017 draft picks will be on hand, including fifth overall pick Elias Pettersson, as will a number of other notable names.
Pettersson’s teammate and the player acquired for Alex Burrows in February, Jonathan Dahlen, will be on the ice in Canucks colours for the first time. Perhaps we’ll get a look at their famed chemistry they developed playing for Timra.
A pair of other first round picks, Brock Boeser (2015) and Olli Juolevi (2016), will be among the 36 players to report.
College forwards Adam Gaudette and Will Lockwood will suit up, as well as junior defencemen Guillaume Brisebois and Jalen Chatfield.
The best news of all is that after locating Development Camp on Vancouver Island in previous years, on-ice sessions will be in Vancouver this year.
UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will host practices on July 4, 5, and 6, with on-ice sessions open to the public (note: practices will be held on the Protrans rink with limited viewing areas).
New this year is a top prospects game held at Rogers Arena, taking place on July 6 at 6 pm.
The ‘Summer Showdown’ is open only to season ticket members and invited guests, although the Sports Bar will be open to the public. The game will also be streamed online via the team’s Facebook page.
The game will have a twist, as the first period will see players’ play 5-on-5, the second period 4-on-4, and the third period 3-on-3.
Development Camp is a great opportunity for the team to introduce new players to the organization, as well as providing final instruction to prospects before the summer.