The old style pro rookie camp that was not unlike what I had seen in Minor Hockey Association teams to Adult Leagues, has been replaced by a more meaningful way of evaluating the raw talent.
These games between other NHL young stars produced a few up and comers and with it also disappointments.
The disappointments would be the Canucks rookies that got released, as in Kevin Clark - RW, Brad Smith – Centre, Michael Houser – goaltender, David Fischer – Defense, James Henry – LW, Kris Fredheim – Defense and Taylor Jordan – Wing.
Right Winger’s Dan Gendur was assigned to Manitoba while Kelly Tochkin was returned to his WHL Everett team.
There will be 16 rookies heading to main camp and a few of them that shone caught my eye.
Although I only was able to watch eight and a bit of the 12 periods that were played in the four games, like cream rising to the top, the following players stood out.