The Jackets will host their annual prospect development camp later this month, it is tentatively scheduled to run from 30 June to 5 July. The camp consists of prospects drafted or signed by the Jackets and a handful of free agent invites. Here are the players who are on the roster at this point:
|Cam Atkinson||Anton Blomqvist||Chris Rawlings|
|Matt Calvert||Steve Delisle||Gustaf Wesslau|
|Sean Collins||Cody Goloubef||Allen York|
|Jake Hansen||Thomas Larkin|
|Tomas Kubalik||John Moore|
|Kevin Lynch||Drew Olson|
|Kyle Neuber||Kyle Page
|Matt Rust||Ted Ruth|
|Nick Sucharski||David Savard|
|Trent Vogelhuber||Will Weber|
Names will be added to the list after the draft later this month. Most of these names are well-known to Jacket fans, but there are some invites who may not be readily known:
RW Nick Sucharski: Former CBJ draft pick Sucharski completed his fifth year at Michigan State this past spring. I have to be honest, I don't know the details behind an NCAA player spending five years at school. I was under the impression that a prospect's rights were owned by the team that drafted him until the end of his fourth year at school, unless he's signed first. Perhaps it's four years after the player has been drafted, which is the situation with Sucharski. At any rate he is a fringe player looking for a shot in the pros. He has never scored more than nine goals with the Spartans, and will be a long shot to earn a contract with Columbus.
D Kyle Page: An undrafted free agent who also recently completed his college career. Page suited up for Bowling Green and had a tryout with the Toledo Walleye at the end of last season. He's an undersized guy (5-10, 185) who has offensive talent. Given the depth earmarked for the Springfield blueline, Page is in-tough to earn a contract. At the end of the day though, these guys could surprise- that's why they are invited to these camps in the first place.
G Chris Rawlings: Rawlings is an interesting story. He just completed his freshman year at Northeastern, after making the jump from Junior A. He had a rough start to his career but finished the season on a strong note. He's a monster as well- checking in at 6-5, 210. There is raw talent there, and with some coaching he could be a solid positional goalie in the pros. He's 22, so he's likely ready for a move to the pros.
It's good to see recent signing Gustaf Wesslau and draft pick Anton Blomqvist make the trek over from Europe to take part in camp. Wesslau will likely be part of the goaltending tandem in Springfield next season. A large portion of the potential Falcons blueline will be taking part in this camp, so it will be a great opportunity for these guys to gel together.
There is a hefty ommission from that list however, and that is Nikita Filatov. Tyler Wright is currently en-route to Russia to speak with Filatov, and the hope is for him to make the trip across the pond as soon as possible, working out in Columbus over the summer, rather than just showing up for main camp in September. Here's hoping Wright can convince him.