Vancouver Canucks development camp opens Tuesday
Published Friday, July 2, 2010 5:24PM PDT
The Vancouver Canucks development camp is set to open Tuesday, July 6 when 36 young Canucks are scheduled to report to General Motors Place in Vancouver.
Vancouver's prospects will participate in on-ice practices and off-ice activities.
The off-ice sessions, including a hiking trip up the Grouse Grind and a Dragon Boat run in False Creek, are meant to help players bond and get a sense of the city of Vancouver.
The camp showcases the Canucks top 2010 NHL Draft pick Patrick McNally.
The tough defenceman jumped 44 spots in Central Scouting ranking between mid-term reports and this spring before the Canucks selected him in the fourth round of the draft.
McNally, 18, scored 35 points (14-21-35) in 28 games with the Milton Academy Mustangs during the 2009-10 season.
Canucks 2009 first round pick, Jordan Schroeder will also be at the camp.
The 19-year-old right winger started last season with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, collecting 28 points in 37 games.
He then forgoed his college eligibility to join Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League scoring nine points in 11 games.
Vancouver Giants players James Henry and Kevin Connauton also skate into camp.
Connauton was selected 83rd overall in the 2009 NHL Draft and was signed on April 28, 2010.
Henry was never selected in an NHL draft, but the 22-year-old left winger has offensive potential, scoring 59 points last season with the Giants.
All of the young Canucks hopefuls will try to impress Vancouver's management and coaching staff as the club prepares for is 40th anniversary season in 2010-11.