The season is almost upon us. Today we look at the training camp roster, here there are a few names whom the Pats have brought in to fight for spots, the young undrafted invitees and some notable absences.
Looking at the main camp roster we start with a few names that are not on the list.
Koby has had concussion issues in his career and was shut down for the season after leaving a game against Swift Current on October 28th. He is still listed on the Pats roster, but will not be attending training camp. Update: Koby has signed with the Dauphin Kings of the MJHL
The recently drafted Russian is a notable absence as the Pats are in need of some scoring this season and he seemingly would provide that. He has not committed to the team, but the Pasts are doing everything they can to recruit him. John Paddock has signed all of his import selections in his time with the Pats, so it is a bit of a surprise that Daniil is not attending camp.
The goalie from Kansas could be in good position to battle for the third string spot. The 17-year-old could have the potential to be the back up if the Pats move on from one of their two veteran goalies at some point this season. He has played all over the United States, with stops in Iowa, Arizona and two seasons in Colorado.
Ty not being on the camp list is not much of a surprise since he is in the second year of the USNDTP. There is still some hope he may be available next year as he no longer has a commitment to an NCAA school at this time. He will get picked in the NHL draft in the spring, so that may determine his route for the 2020-21 season.
Names to look at that are invited to main camp.
Cole is the son of former Pats star Rhett Gordon, Cole is a late 2002-born forward. He was listed by the Pats in fall of 2018. Last season he played for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 16U team in his native Colorado. He scored four goals and eight assists in 14 games played. That team also featured Makai Mitchell and Jackson Dylla.
The recently listed 17-year-old from Saskatoon had a good season in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA hockey league last season. He played for the Saskatoon Contacts and scored 22 goals and added 27 assist in 44 games, which was good for 14th in the league. The season prior he had 21 points in 42 games. His second year in Bantam AA was also a good one with 35 goals and 25 assists in 29 games.
The 17-year-old was drafted in the 11th round in 2017. Last season he played Midget Prep in the CSSHL at Edge. He collected 22 points in 35 games. He had a two-game call up to the Lloydminister Bobcats of the AJHL, scoring one goal.
A free agent invite, Luke is planning to play with the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL next season. The 18-year-old had 24 goals and 18 assists in 44 games with the Battlefords Stars of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League last season.
Looking at the rookie camp roster there are a few names to watch for
Justin played for the Yorkton Terriers Bantam AA team last season. He scored 14 goals and seven assists in 23 games, he also had 55 PIM. The 15-year-old forward will be looking to make an impression with some scoring touch and grit in his game.
The defenceman from Brandon played for his home town Wheat Kings in the Winnipeg Bantam AAA league. He scored 4 goals and added 26 assists in 36 games played. The 15-year-old had 82 PIM in the season.
The recently listed 16-year-old forward had an excellent season for the NWCAA Bruins Minor Midget AAA team. He was 10th in league scoring with 18 goals and 34 assists in 43 games.
The twin brother of recently acquired Sloan, has been invited,. He may not have the offensive numbers Sloan has put up, but it is a nice story to bring him in.
The Forward from Minnesota put up some nice numbers in his bantam season with 27 goals and 32 assists in 41 games played. The 2004 born forward is still small at 5-foot-5, 150 pounds, but a definite quality camp invite.
Liam split time in the net for his hometown Bantam AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers this past season. He put up excellent numbers, with 2.04 GAA and 0.907 save percentage in 15 regular season games. He appeared in four playoff games and had a stellar 1.26 GAA and 0.949 save percentage while helping his team win the Alberta Major Bantam league championship. The 15-year-old has an excellent frame already at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, as pro teams are always looking for that tall goaltender.
A couple names missing from the rookie camp.
The 2019 second round draftee showed well at the spring camp, but he has a soccer commitment that he will be attending instead.
Riley Applegate & Adam Grenier
Both attended spring camp as well, but will not be at training camp this year.
2019 training camp begins Thursday August 22nd, time to get back in the rink!