There were a number of players at camp who were never drafted. Included in that mix were Kurtis MacDermid and Scott Sabourin, two prospects that fans should take note of.
MacDermid played in just nine games with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack in 2011-12, due to injury and illness. He was passed on in the 2012 NHL draft but managed to get an invitation to the Kings’ development camp. Not long after that the Kings signed the defenseman to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Back at camp again this year, MacDermid spoke about seeing Matt Greene play live, in an interview with John Hoven of MayorsManor.com:
When I was down in LA I saw Matt Greene playing live for the first time. I just love the way he plays. He’s physical and has a big presence factor. He’s really good at simple plays too. That’s just the type of guy I want to play like.
At 6’4”, 205 pounds, MacDermid certainly has the potential to play the same style as Greene. Although it will likely be a few years before he gets the opportunity to do so in the NHL.
Sabourin is a 20-year-old winger who spent the majority of the past three seasons playing for the Oshawa Generals. His production spiked in 2013 as he recorded 50 points in 65 games. That caught the attention of the Kings organization, as Sabourin was signed to an AHL deal.
Far from the most skilled player on the ice, Sabourin has proved to be a gritty power forward who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves.
Although he couldn't display all of his abilities at camp, Sabourin did show some promise, even scoring a scrimmage-winning shootout goal.
He may be a long way from seeing NHL action, but watch for Sabourin to be a regular in Manchester’s lineup next season.