Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Going camping

Ten players with Minnesota State ties -- including alum Eriah Hayes -- are participating in NHL development camps this week, a big number that surely coincides with the Mavericks' recent success.

The group includes eight players on the current roster. Senior defenseman Zach Palmquist will, starting Wednesday, be skating at the Minnesota Wild's camp, along with verbally committed recruit Hunter Warner.

The Wild will hold two free and open-to-the-public scrimmages: 2 p.m. Friday at Braemar Arena in Edina and 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Sophomore goaltender Cole Huggins received a little publicity while participating at the Calgary Flames' camp.

Other MSU players at NHL camps this week include: Teddy Blueger (Penguins), Zach Stepan (Predators), Stephon Williams (Islanders), Sean Flanagan (Jets), C.J. Franklin (Jets) and Brad McClure (Penguins).

Meanwhile, College Hockey Inc. put out an article about the record number of NHL players with college hockey experience. There were 309 college hockey alums in the league this year, representing 31 percent of the league. The players represented 49 schools.

There were six from Minnesota State who played NHL games. Without looking, can you name them and their teams? (Scroll down a bit for the answers.)

David Backes (Blues), Tim Jackman (Flames/Ducks), Ryan Carter (Devils), Travis Morin (Stars), Eriah Hayes (Sharks), Tyler Pitlick (Oilers)

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