Three Minnesota State players are attending development camps with NHL teams this week. That group includes Teddy Blueger with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Max Gaede with the San Jose Sharks and Zach Palmquist with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Blueger, who will be a freshman at MSU, was drafted by the Penguins in the second round last month. Gaede, a sophomore, is a Sharks draft pick. And Palmquist is a nondrafted invitee.
Interesting note about Blueger. Besides being drafted by the Penguins, he was selected in the CHL import draft by the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals, a major junior team in Canada.
In a recent news article, Oshawa general manager Jeff Twohey said while there's no guarantee of getting Blueger, the team is going to "go after him and do everything we can to get him here."
Blueger has spent time in Mankato this summer, but it looks like the MSU's recruiting job with the Latvia native and Shattuck St. Mary's almu won't end until he arrives here to start school next month.
There is an ongoing battle between college hockey and major junior hockey for players. The Mavericks have had a little experience in that, as Tyler Pitlick went to the Western Hockey League after one year at Minnesota State.