NHL rookie camp stars: Who impressed at Buffalo, Penticton and Traverse City?

NHL Training camps officially opened last weekend, with junior tournaments taking place across the NHL scene. Today we’re discussing who stood out in three of the main events: the championship in buffalo It includes Boston, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh; Tournament in Penticton, BC, with CalgaryAnd the EdmontonAnd the Winnipeg and Vancouver. and Traverse City, Michigan, which appeared ColumbusAnd the DallasAnd the DetroitAnd the Saint Louis And the Toronto.

Corey Bronman was at the Buffalo Championships, although he was not present in the final. Thomas Drence reported from Penticton, and Max Bultmann was in Traverse City. Overall, here are a handful of potential clients we picked from each tournament that we felt stood out, focusing on players we felt helped their chances of breaking into the big club or made strong impressions of future pro potential.


Buffalo Championship: Corey Bronman

Owen Beckc, Montreal: Beck’s course wasn’t full of flashy moments, but he was a driver playing in the middle. He’s not that big, but his level of competition was very good, winning many fights and showing that his game was fast. He did it while doing some plays and getting involved in crime. He may never be high-profile at anything in the NHL, but he has a well-rounded skill set and looks like a man who would be effective as a professional.

Fabian Liesel, RW, Boston: Lissel was Boston’s most outstanding player from a talent perspective, as with his excellent skating skills and seemed to be the only striker who could make things happen consistently by entering an area or from an opportunity-creating perspective. He’s still not physically imposing, but I think he’s been working on being more consistent with his efforts and that’s been noticeable in the past few months.

Jerry Kulichc, buffalo: Kulich has had a solid performance in the past few months, building his MVP performance at the U18 Worlds Championship with good performances in World Junior and good camp performances for Buffalo. He played in the middle in this tournament as opposed to the winger and looked comfortable. Kulich isn’t the best at anything, but his combination of pace, work ethic and skill allowed him to lead play and achieve things even as an 18-year-old facing older players. The season will probably start in the AHL, and as far as I can tell he looks ready to help a team at this level.

Simon NemecRHD, New Jersey: Nemec wasn’t full of outstanding balls or player physical dominance like Juraj SlavkovskyBut he was very effective in his games. His hockey sense is excellent, and I’ve seen him through matches where he always seemed to make the right decisions with the puck, which keeps play moving forward and also creates insult. He combined that with strong defensive action. I would prefer him to play for another year outside of the NHL, but you can tell how proficient he is with how efficient and fast the disc moves.

Shin Bentoc, Ottawa: Bento was very good in the one game he played. His strong skills and competitive levels were evident and he often made positive things happen about the disc. he had mid-match injury scare, who wasn’t perfect after missing a lot of time recently due to injury, but he came back and finished the match. Looks like he’s ready to play a special role in Senators.

Samuel Boleyn, Pittsburgh: Pauline’s streak did well in one match penguins game. I don’t think he excelled and took charge, but I liked how Pauline’s game looks. He was winning many fights, competing well and was about the play above finishing plays. He also seemed comfortable playing quarterback, a fact I didn’t mistakenly allude to in my earlier writing of Pauline, playing the quarterback during the second half of the previous season.

Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, Montreal: Slafkovsky hasn’t been everywhere on the scoresheet in his two matches, but he stood out as you’d hope he’d be a first pick in 2022, especially in his first game. There were times when Slavkovsky physically outperformed his opponents with his massive frame. His speed, reach, and skill also allowed him to generate plenty of clean entries. He had many chances and scored them and was the most impressive pro of the event overall, as was somewhat expected.


Penticton Starring: Thomas Druns

Daniela Klimovich, RW, Vancouver: Klimovic is physically imposing, has tremendous skills and has high offensive instincts, but he has really only played one year of high level competitive hockey and that can show in his position and detail. In Vancouver’s first game, for example, Klimovic lost his temper, squandered the ball with poor shot selection, struggled to use his teammates and was always out of position. From there, Klimovic took over, flipping the pucks on the front check, supporting well along the wall and passing strings through the defenders at will. Great experience for player development, if Klimovich can level the blind spots in his hockey IQ, then there is a lot of potential here. His second professional season in North America got off to a very impressive start this weekend.

Cool Perfectc, Winnipeg: Perfetti has found a way to make a huge impact in Penticton, despite some poor play from the potential Jets as a whole. There is a level of processing on the supercomputer that becomes apparent when you observe Perfetti closely, and you allow him to make an impact whether he scores or not. Defensively, he was excellent, with a disruptive wand and a wit to read and react in some challenging circumstances, which was important as Winnipeg’s prospects spent most of the tournament. without disc. Aside from the third period of Winnipeg’s final championship game, of which he took full charge, Perfetti has consistently demonstrated his puck-making and puck-making skills on strong play, as he was excellent at creating chances efficiently for his teammates.

Connor Zare, LW/C, Calgary: Zari’s intelligence was on the ice and his competitive edge was unmistakable this weekend. Playing as center and winger, Zary’s pace, often cited as his biggest area of ‚Äč‚Äčimprovement, wasn’t a far problem, and his anticipation, stick handling, and ability to pinch in traffic allowed him to skate through defenders, win fights and beat the ice as you like. Zare took the loss on a personal level, played with advantage and went into the net hard. He also had two questionable decisions with the puck, but he created chances and enjoyed the appearance of a player who has been bouncing away from offensive tackle throughout the tournament.

Dylan HollowayW, Edmonton: The potential Oilers were the most talented team in the Penticton Championship, and Holloway was their most consistently dynamic player. With a mixture of speed and size, Holloway looked like an NHL player throughout the tournament. He showed more creativity than I expected, created a number of scoring opportunities in his first Edmonton Championship game, and was credited with that match (although I thought he should have been credited with another one as well). Contributing to both teams’ own units, Holloway showed a good sense of plentiful slick in strong play, and was relied upon to play in leverage situations – both late in a one-goal game on Friday, and the opponent’s net empty on Saturday night. Perhaps most importantly, Holloway’s shot seemed completely unburdened by the time-wasting wrist surgeries last fall:


Traverse City Championship: Max Bultmann

Kent Johnsonc, Columbus: Johnson was one of the most impressive – and most effective – players at Traverse City this weekend. He had a lot of puck ball, attacked quickly, and his conspicuous skill and hockey sense translated onto the score sheet with six points (two goals, four assists) in three games. He looked a little shy at times in a physical game against St. Louis early in the tournament – something to watch as he pushes his NHL roster – but even in that game he had a goal and two assists by the end of the night. And when the Blue Jackets arrived late in Toronto, Johnson was in the middle of Columbus’s late attempt to equalize in the last minutes. It was a solid show.

Denton MatichokDoctor of Human Sciences, Columbus: On a Columbus team with many interesting possibilities, Matichuk was one of the most famous players on the ice thanks to his skateboarding and intelligence. He didn’t light up the box result – he only had one pass on the weekend – but he was a controlled exit machine and looked poised under pressure, making plenty of clever, simple plays.

Christian KerrRHD, Dallas: Like Matichok, Kiro was impressed by his brain and ability to move. He’s scored two goals for the stars, but what’s even more impressive is how much of an impact he’s made as a compact 19-year-old defender in an event with plenty of players in their early or mid-20s. He consistently demonstrated his wits and poise, dodging pressure when needed and helping create a star attack.

Zachary BolducC/LW, St. Louis: It wasn’t a great show by the Blues as a whole, as St. Louis lost two different games by 7-1. But after I didn’t notice him much in the team’s first game, Bolduc featured me in the last two games, creating chances and taking them. I’m not sure if that’s a coincidence, but those last two games came with Bolduc on the wing after he played a position in the opening game. He finished the weekend with two goals and two assists in three games, and I also loved seeing some physical strength from him. It is also worth noting that his selection in the sixth round will be 2022 Landon Sim, finished within the championship that won the lead with five points (three goals and two Sans) in three matches. Off the targets, Sim was noted primarily for his level of competition, but it was a fruitful display for such a young late pick.

Sebastian Kosa, J., Detroit: Detroit split time evenly among three guards in this event, so Cosa played in half of two games, but was in control. He held off 33 of the 34 he saw, including some harsh, bandaged shots. He’s big, athletic and looked in control over the weekend. He was the best goalkeeper of the tournament. It will be really interesting to see where Detroit chooses to play with this season, a decision that looks set to extend into main camp and pre-season.

(Image by Juraj Slafkovsky: David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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