Sunday, June 8, 2014

Many Mavs going camping

Every summer, NHL teams hold summer camps for prospects. That can include draft picks as well as free-agent invitees. Minnesota State will have seven players attending camps this summer, according to a release issued by MSU on Sunday. The group includes:

Draft picks
Stephon Williams (New York Islanders)
Teddy Blueger (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Zach Stepan (Nashville Predators)

Free-agent invitees
Zach Palmquist (Minnesota Wild)
Cole Huggins (Calgary Flames)
Sean Flanagan (Winnipeg Jets)
Brad McClure (Pittsburgh Penguins)

A few notes:

McClure is an incoming freshman. Hearing some buzz that incoming rookie C.J. Franklin could be on some teams' draft radar this summer, which, if he gets taken, might make him an eighth player hitting a camp.

Palmquist has attended camps by the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks in previous summers.

MSU senior Max Gaede, a Sharks draft pick, has attended that team's camps in the past but is not going this year. You can read more about him and his thoughts about the camps in the MSU release.

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