With 15 of the 31 NHL teams announcing their rosters for upcoming Development Camps, seven players with CCHL ties will be taking part.
Former Ottawa Jr Senators and Hawkesbury Hawks defenseman Johnathan Kovacevic, who spent this past season as a Freshman at Merrimack College is heading to Winnipeg Jets camp after they drafted him 74th overall in this past weekends NHL Entry Draft. Brockville Braves alumni and incoming Boston University defenseman Cameron Crotty will be attending Arizona Coyotes camp after being selected 82nd overall.
CCHL commissioner Kevin Abrams told the Junior Hockey Network that “the opportunity for players, especially in the NCAA who are unable to attend main camps, is hugely beneficial not only from a development opportunity but also to allow the athlete to gauge his progress against drafted players who may be their peers or competition when they graduate.”
“Often these players sign as NHL free agents and surpass drafted players due to their own growth and development which my not be in line with the typical draft age based analysis but rather who is ready to play at he professional level. The CCHL is proud of all of our alumni and any role we may have played to help develop the player during his junior career” said Abrams.
List of CCHL in NHL Development Camps
Johnathan Kovacevic (Ottawa/Hawkesbury) – Winnipeg Jets (3rd round pick)
Cameron Crotty (Brockville Braves) – Arizona Coyotes (3rd round pick)
Max Veronneau (Gloucester Rangers) – Vegas Golden Knights (Undrafted)
Jake Gaudet (Kemptville 73’s) – Ottawa Senators (Undrafted)
Andrew Sturtz (Carleton Place Canadians) – Pittsburgh Penguins (Undrafted)
Greg Meireles (Ottawa Jr Senators) – St. Louis Blues (Undrafted)
Bobby Dow (Kemptville 73’s) – Tampa Bay Lightning (Undrafted)