Just knowing that hockey (in the form of the prospect camp) is around the corner is cause for just enough jubilation to erase the lingering tequila-shit taste in my mouth left over from my fantasy football team tanking yesterday (Matt Schaub needs to stop chucking rocks into the arms of defensive backs and Larry Johnson needs to pretend he's vaguely interested in running again).
Later this week Vancouver will kick the pig on the prospect camp and it finishes up early next week with some games against the troglodyte Calgary prospects. We know the likes of Coulombe, Hodgson amd Grabner, so here's a look at some others:
Jordie Benn - D, 6’0", 180lbs
"Benn, 21, played in 60 games last season with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL where he scored 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points and 78 penalty minutes. The Victoria, BC native also scored eight powerplay goals and had a pair of game-winning goals. At the end of the season, he was named the Grizzlies Most Valuable Player as well as their top defenceman." Signed on with the Moose in July.
Shawn Morton-Boutin - D, 5’10", 185lbs
Shawn has spent the past two years with Val d'Or Foreurs of the QMJHL (former home of both Luongo and Bourdon). Can't find much on him through the internet tubes, but the good news is he did pop up on hockeyfights so you know you can never have too many of them.
Travis Ramsey - D, 6’4", 211lbs
This kid is freakishly large, huh? His collegiate record at the University of Maine sounds pretty solid and as early as last year was projected to be the team leader, blending together a team-best plus/minus with an overall low number of penalties called against him.
Oren Eizenman - F, 6’0", 180lbs
Oren tore up Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a few years before joining the Fresno Falcons of the ECHL last year. He had a great campaign with the Falcons, earning the eyes of those curious to see how far this Canadian/Israeli native of Toronto can go.
Dan Gendur - RW, 5’11", 190lbs
The 7th round, 206th pick of the 2007 draft, Dan lead the WHL's Everett Silvertips in scoring last year (29G, 55A). The year before Gendur notched 49 points in 61 games for the Everett Silvertips and Prince George Cougars. Dan also tied a Silvertips franchise record (along with Zach Hamill) by posting the most points in a single game (7) against the Portland Winter Hawks in January 2007.
Scott Howes - LW, 5’11", 190lbs
Second in scoring with the Saint John Sea Dogs last year, The Hockey News had him listed as one of the top undrafted free agents, helped greatly by his stellar post season (26 points in 14 games).
Pierre-Cedric Labrie - LW, 6’2", 212lbs
A big guy with some skating problems, the Canucks signed him last year where he appeared in 67 games and scored 18 points. Check out this Q&A with him last year or dive into the YouTube world with a few different fights.