That time is upon us as the Greyhounds will host their annual development camp this coming weekend. It was at the development camp last season where Michael Bunting introduced himself to the Greyhound faithful as he registered a hattrick in the first scrimmage and continued to score all the way to training camp in September. This years camp roster has a nice balance of draft picks and free agent invites. A few names that jump out to me in particular are Matt Caruso and Cole Lussier. Both of these players were teammates of Hounds 2013 1st rounder Blake Speers with the Soo Thunder. This past season they spent time in Waterloo and Soo Michigan respectivly to continue with their hockey careers. Another player Hounds fans should keep an eye on is Bryce Hatten who comes from the Michigan Nationals program. Anyone who follows the Soo Thunder would know that they are a regular opponent and were one of the teams invited to the Greyhounds minor midget showcase in 2013.
The 2014 draft picks I would be most interested in seeing would be 3rd rounder Timmy Gettinger and 10th rounder Keeghan Howdeshell. Both players were invites to the USNTDP camp last month and both carry intriguing skill sets. From the 2013 draft class Chris Klack is one of the more intriguing prospects. One of the top prospects in the GOJHL Chris is widely considered to be one of the top uncommited prospects in Ontario gaining high praise from the website Thescout.ca.
Not surprisingly of the 3 Hounds prospects playing for St Andrews College this past season none will be at the development camp. 2 have already made NCAA commitments and it seems the 3rd is leaning that way.
Without further ado here is the camp roster as well as a little blurb on their most recent season and where they have played.
30. Joseph Raaymakers G/98 2nd Rd, 2014
The last Hounds goalie to be taken in the 2nd round of the OHL priority selection was Matt Murray. Spent last season with the Chatham-Kent Cyclones and helped lead them to an improbable OHL Cup semi-final run. Was an AP for the Chatham Maroons of the GOJHL last season. Will be suiting up for team Alliance in the upcoming OHL Cup in Kitchener.
33. Tyler Wall G/98 7th Rd, 2014
Spent last season with the Sun County Panthers in the Alliance Hockey Assosiation. Was the #7 rated goalie for the OHL draft according to independent scout Brendan Ross. Will be suiting up for Team Alliance in the upcoming OHL Cup in Kitchener
3. James Thomson D/97 6th Rd, 2013
James spent last season with the York Simcoe Express Major Midget team where he was team captain. Played in 2 games with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the OJHL. Picked up 8 assists in 14 OMHA regular season games this past season.
6. Brandon Schieman D/97 Free Agent
A rare US born FA invite, Brandon is a product of the Honeybaked system and spent last year with their U18 program on a team that included London Knights 2014 1st rounder Max Jones. Was taken by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 7th round of the 2013 USHL Futures draft.
8. Nicolas Mainella D/98 9th Rd, 2014
One of 6 minor midget players drafted by the Hounds from the Alliance hockey system this past priority selection. Manned the blueline for the Sun County Panters and was teammates with Hounds 7th rounder Tyler Wall.
9. Zachary Senyshyn F/97 3rd Rd, 2013
Hounds fans got a taste of what this speedy forward can bring over Christmas when he added a goal and an assist in 4 games. Spent the rest of the year with the Smith Falls Bears helping them reach the CCHL finals where they ultimately fell to the Carleton Place Canadians. Was named to the CCHL All-Rookie team this year after picking up 22 goals in 52 games followed by 10 points in 16 playoff games.
10. Keeghan Howdeshell F/98 10th Rd, 2014
Was an invite to the USNTDP camp last month. Spent last season with the Compuware U16 team where he picked up 5 goals in 22 games.
11. Anthony Salinitri F/98 1st Rd, 2014
Hounds 1st round draft pick and the Alliance Hockey play of the year. Cracked independent scout Brendan Ross’s list for top 10 forwards (10) and top 5 forcasted OHL careers for forwards (3). Spent this past season with the Windsor Jr Spitfires minor midget team. He also got into 1 GOJHL game with the Leamington Flyers where he scored a goal. Will represent team Alliance in the upcoming OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener.
12. Cole Lussier F/97 Free Agent
One of 4 FA camp invites who played with 2013 1st rounder Blake Speers on the Soo Thunder MM team. Cole hails from Soo Michigan but played his bantam and MM hockey in Ontario. Spent last season with the Soo Indians midget team where he finished 2nd in team scoring with 53 points in 56 games.
14. Mac Hollowell D/98 12th Rd, 2014
The young blueliner played last season for the Niagara Falls Rivermen in the SCTA. Picked up 27 points in 36 games this past season.
17. Kyle Betts F/97 10th Rd, 2014
Drafted by the Hounds out of the Grey-Bruce Major Midget program. Exploded for 83 points in 61 games for the Highlanders after picking up 25 in 40 games as a Minor Midget player.
19. Bryce Hatten D/97 Free Agent
Bryce hails from Indiana and spent last season with the Michigan Nationals U16 program.
22. Jack Kopacka F/98 8th Rd, 2014
Spent last season with the Compuware U16 program in the Detroit area. Picked up 24 points in 22 games via 7 goals and 17 assists. Jack is a player who statistically has improved each year form Minor Bantam to Bantam to the U16 team.
26. Tim Gettinger F/98 3rd Rd, 2014
The Hounds 3rd round pick this year from the Cleveland area where he scored 24 goals in 36 games. Tim comes into camp as the tallest player at 6’4” and 188lbs. Tim was also a participant at the recent USNTDP camp last month.
28. Matt Caruso F/97 Free Agent
Spent his minor midget season with the Soo Thunder before moving on to the Major Midget Waterloo Wolves after the Soo North Stars failed to ice a team. Facing better competition in Southern Ontario Matt made the most of his opportunity by finishing 5th in Alliance scoring with 46 points in 32 games. Matt also suited up for the Waterloo Siskins for 1 game in the GOJHL.
31. Adrian Clark G/97 8th Rd, 2013
After winning an OHL Cup with the Oakville Rangers in 2013 Adrian suited up for the Vaughan Kings Major Midget team this past season. He also APed for the Stouffville Spirit of the OJHL but did not see any game action.
35. Mario Culina G/97 Free Agent
Another member of the ’97 Soo Thunder to be getting a look at the development camp. Mario spent last season with the Waterloo Wolves major midget team with fellow camp invite Matt Caruso. Statistically speaking Mario put together a great season in Waterloo where he finished 7th in the Alliance loop with 9 wins and 1st in GAA at 1.89.
6. Hayden Verbeek F/97 4th Rd, 2013
Another player with OHL experience as Hayden got into 5 games with the Hounds over the Christmas holidays. The rest of the year Hayden played for the Chatham Maroons of the GOJHL where he picked up 27 points in 35 games. Chatham would make it all the way to the Western Conference finals in the GOJHL before ultimately bowing out of the playoffs.
8. Elijah Nurse F/98 13th Rd, 2014
The cousin of Hounds captain Darnell Nurse, Elijah spent last season for the Hamilton Huskies minor midget program out of the Alliance Association. Elijah picked up 10 points in 32 games but I wouldn’t read to much into his stats as the Huskies were one of the weaker teams in Ontario.
9. Lucas Latina F/97 Free Agent
Lucas played his major midget season with the Markham Waxers, helping them win a bronze medal in the OHF championship. Picked up 14 points along with 60 PIMS in 27 games played.
10. Geoff Kitt F/97 Free Agent
A free agent invite from the Thunder Bay Kings Major Midget program. Geoff hails from Dryden, Ontario and suited up for HNO OHL Gold cup team in 2013.
11. Owen Burnell F/98 7th Rd, 2014
5’9” forward from the Hamilton Jr Bulldogs program who showed a nice offensive touch. Picked up 33 points in 38 games and helped Hamilton pick up a Bronze medal in the OMHA championships.
12. Andrew Barbeau D/97 Free Agent
Another member of the ’97 Soo Thunder team. Andrew also suited up for the NOHA in the 2013 OHL Cup and Gold Cup. Spent last season across the river playing for the Soo Indians where he picked up 16 points in 51 games.
13. Boris Katchouk F/98 2nd Rd, 2014
The first of two 2nd round picks the Hounds had this past draft. An offensive dynamo from the Waterloo Wolves team that won the Alliance championship. Boris tallied 58 points in 29 games for Waterloo which was good for 3rd in the Alliance. His 11 power play goals led the circuit.
14. Brent House F/97 14th Rd, 2013
A late round pick up from 2013 Brent spent last season with the London Jr Knights in the Alliance major midget loop. His 16 goals in the regular season was good enough for 14th in the league and his 14 points in the playoffs was good enough for 6th.
18. Chris Klack F/97 6th Rd, 2013
Rated as one of the top uncommitted players in Ontario by thescout.ca. Chris spent last season with the Ancaster Avalanche of the GOJHL where he was named to their midseason prospect all star team. During the regular season Chris tallied 12 goals and 27 assists before adding 4 more in 5 playoff games.
21. Conor Timmins D/98 4th Rd, 2014
Spent last season with the Southern Tier Admirals. Helped lead them to an OMHA silver medal while also picking up 3 points in 4 OHL Cup games.
23. Geoff Lawson D/97 Free Agent
A product of the Upper Canada Cyclones minor hockey system Geoffrey spent last season with the Ottawa Jr Senators in the CCHL. Geoff put up solid numbers for a 16 year old in a Jr A league with 3 goals in 36 games.
27. Ryan Da Silva D/98 6th Rd, 2014
Defender out of the York Simcoe Express program. Ryan was listed as one of the most underrated prospects in the draft by independent scout Brendan Ross. Ryan will suit up for Team OMHA White at the upcoming OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener.
28. Nicolas Mucci F/97 Free Agent
The FA invite picked up 17 points in 16 games for the Toronto Jr Canadians major midget program this past season. Nicolas also suited up in a game for the North York Rangers of the OJHL.
Development Camp by the Numbers
4 - Goalies
9 - Defenceman
17 - Forwards
14 - 2014 draft selections
6 - 2013 draft selections
10 - Free Agent invites
4 - Members of the '97 Soo Thunder minor midget team