Well, here we are.
The Everett Silvertips return to Angel of the Winds Arena this week.
Training camp opens on Thursday, August 22nd. The first scrimmage open to the public is at 10:30 AM. Camp will continue through Sunday, when the team will hold its annual Green-Grey game. The Green-Grey game has historically been an event in which fans can watch the upcoming season’s potential talent. The players too young to skate in a preseason game are typically excused, and the contenders for a roster spot battle it out in a full 60 minute contest.
Over 90 players will attend the camp, according to the team’s press release. While fans can expect to see many returning players, the spotlight will be on those who are looking to join the team this season. There will also be a number of players there with the intentions of cracking the protected list or signing a contract.
I’ve compiled a quick snapshot that breaks down Everett’s training camp roster and highlights key factors as they head into training camp. Josh Critzer, fellow beat writer for the Portland Winterhawks, created an awesome PDF ‘cheat sheet’ that breaks down Portland’s entire training camp roster. I’ve used the same document for Everett, and it can be downloaded below for you to bring along to training camp. You can view the PDF on your mobile device, or print either format and bring a paper copy for reference.
Training Camp Roster Snapshot
- Twin brothers Rylan and Ryder Ringor (2004 born) are in attendance. Rylan was was drafted in the third round of the 2019 MJHL draft, and Ryder was drafted by Everett in the WHL Bantam Draft.
- Goalie Andrew Tworkowski (Team Black), attended the Tri-City Americans’ training camp last year.
- Forward Mitch Thiessen (2002 born) was drafted by and played two games for the Winkler Flyers (MJHL) last season.
- Overager Lucas Cullen is absent from the training camp roster. Everett now has four overagers, assuming that Connor Dewar and Riley Sutter (who are at camp playing defense) go pro.
- Everett has five players on the training camp roster that come from the Everett Youth Hockey Program.
- Goaltender Danton Belluk is also not at camp. He has been Everett’s emergency backup for the last few seasons, filling in when one or more of their goalies gets injured.
Notable Returning Players
The Slovakian import returns to Everett for his third season and offers quite the offensive potential. As he doubled his point totals last season, Fasko-Rudas could make a huge impact on the team by continuing to score more goals. With the loss of Sutter and Dewar, the team will no doubt be looking for production. Fasko-Rudas, along with Michal Gut, the new import forward, have the potential to be explosive.
The 2017 first round bantam draft pick is entering his NHL Entry Draft-eligible season, so be prepared for elevated play from the defenseman this season. The 17-year-old was the sole rookie defenseman last year, so he was given the opportunity to play next to elite blue liners that already had experience in the league.
Goncalves could potentially be a diamond in the rough for Everett this season. The 18-year-old played his rookie season last season and suited up in all but one game. He had a respectable 15 points, tying Jackson Berezowski for the most points among the five rookies. Goncalves also took faceoffs for the Silvertips at times. The Mission, BC, native had a 43.5% faceoff win percentage.
Wylie is coming off of his second summer at the Philadelphia Flyers development camp. Drafted in 2018, he has not signed a contract, which means that he could potentially return to Everett for his overage year. He comes off of an impressive 19-year-old season, in which he posted an impressive +33, the best plus/minus rating among all Silvertips defensemen last season. The only player with a better plus/minus rating was Bryce Kindopp with a +37.
2019 Bantam Draft Class
Everett has yet to sign any of their picks from the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. Training camp will be an excellent time for the newly-acquired draft class to showcase their talents. There are eleven players listed on the protected list that were drafted in 2019. Here are a few notable players that could be at camp on Thursday.
Ben Hemmerling (3rd round, 49th overall)
Hemmerling was the Silvertips’ first selection in the draft. The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native put up an impressive 53 points in 30 games played last season with the Northern Alberta Bantam Prep team.
Austin Roest (3rd round, 64th overall)
Roest was Everett’s second selection in the draft. The 5-foot-7, 146-pound forward played with the Okanagan Rockets Minor Midget team in his previous season. He scored four goals in six games with the Rockets and won the championship with his team. He is committed to playing for the Rockets next season.
James Hong (5th round, 108th overall)
Hong had what was possibly the most impressive numbers out of the bantam draft class. The 14-year-old scored a profound 85 points (35G, 50A) in 50 games with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks Bantam AAA team.
2018 Bantam Draft Class
The Silvertips could also be seeing some of their 2018 bantam draft class this week. These players will be entering their first year of WHL eligibility and could play their rookie seasons. Everett has signed four of nine of their bantam draftees, and one player — Brent Johnson — has committed to the NCAA.
D-man Olen Zellweger is the only member of the 2018 draft class that has suited up in a game for Everett. He also played one preseason game with the team last year.
The other three players who have signed a contract — Ty Gibson, Carter Halamandaris, and Nate Goodbrandson — will also be skaters to watch during camp.
Preseason Roster and Offseason Notes
Currently, Everett only has 21 players on their preseason roster. This includes 13 forwards, six defensemen, and two goaltenders.
The departure of the three overagers from last year (Artyom Minulin and Sahvan Khaira, defensemen; Zack Andrusiak, forward) freed up three spots. The Silvertips also lost forwards Sutter and Dewar, both moving on to the professional ranks.
Gut, the newly acquired European standout, takes a spot on the roster.
Announced earlier in the offseason, Max Palaga will be playing in the BCHL this season, so he is also absent. Lastly, forward Robbie Holmes was sent back to Regina in a trade this summer.
Notably, Everett native Wylie remains on the roster, as he did not sign a contract with Philadelphia over the summer. Wylie’s presence could potentially be a huge boost for the Silvertips.
The Silvertips are carrying six potential overage players on their preseason roster. The overage deadline is October 10, meaning the Silvertips still have seven weeks to make their decision.