Thursday, July 28, 2016

Winterhawks' Prospects Competing at National Development Camps

Brannon McManus
It's July and that does not mean hockey is taking a break. For a number of Portland Winterhawks' prospects, it meant a chance to play at National Development Camps and put themselves in the running for future international tournaments. Let's take a look at the different camps that have/are going on and how the prospects did.

The United States national program has several "Select" camps each summer and for the "Select 16s" and "Select 17s", it meant a chance to earn a spot on the U.S. U-17 team for the Five Nations Tournament August 9th-13th in Dallas, Texas and the U-18 team for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia August 8th-13th, respectively. Four different Winterhawks prospects were successful in their quests to make these national rosters.

Chronologically, the Select 17s camp took place first and went from June 25th-30th.
For all three camps, the invited players were split into a number of teams and then the best players off of those teams were placed on one of either of two all star teams (blue or white), excluding the Select 15s, where there was no all-star teams or games.
Select 17s (Born in 1999)
Team Royal:
Brannon McManus- C/RW-Newport Beach, CA-Committed to the University of Minnesota.
-Team went 3-2 and he led all players with nine points in the five games. He was named to All-Star Team White and went pointless in their 5-3 loss to Blue. Because of his successful outing at the camp, he will also be competing with the U-18 U.S. team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in August. McManus was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 Bantam Draft by Portland and is committed to play for the University of Minnesota, starting in 2017. He made the USHL All-Rookie Team while playing with the Omaha Lancers last season. If he continues his torrid pace at the Ivan Hlinka, he should start garnering a lot of interest for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Team Columbia:
Ryan Poehling-Center-Lakeville, MN-Has committed to St. Cloud State.
-Team went 1-4 and Poehling had two goals and three assists for five points. He was named to one of the All-Star team (Team White) and went pointless in their 5-3 loss to Blue. Just like McManus, Poehling impressed enough to be named to the U.S. U-18 Ivan Hlinka roster.
Ryan Poehling

Team Gray:
Cole Guttman-Center-Northridge, CA-Committed to St. Cloud State.
-Gray went 4-1 overall and Guttman had three goals and two assists for five points overall. He was not named to an all-star team, nor was he invited to join the U-18 roster overseas.

Clayton Phillips-D-Edina, MN-Committed to the University of Minnesota.
-His team went 3-2 overall and he had one assist. He also had an assist for All-Star Team Blue, which won their game for All-Star Team White 5-3. Phillips was also named to the U.S. U-18 team for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. So, between McManus, Poehling and Phillips, Portland is well represented at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Of course, none of those three have been signed by Portland yet, but we can always hope.

Next up for the U.S. select camps was the "Select 16s," who went camping from July 9th-14th. Portland had three prospects invited.
Select 16s (Born in 2000):
Dawson Klein-D-Lakeville, MN-No commits.
-His ream went 2-3 and Klein had two assists in their 6-2 win over Team Gray. Klein was passed over for the U-17 Five Nations Tournament and the all-star teams.

Stanislav Demin-D-Cypress, CA-Has signed with Wenatchee Wild of BCHL.
-Orange was undefeated with a 5-0 record and he had four assists. His camp was highlighted by his three assist effort in Team Orange's 5-1 win over Team Kelly. Demin was just named to the U.S.'s U-17 national team for the Five Nations Tournament, prior to the completion of the Select 16 camp. Demin was also named to the All-Star White team, which fell 2-1 to All-Star Blue. Demin will play with, fellow Orange teammate and signed Everett Silvertips' prospect Ryan Savage for the U-17 U.S. team. The Five Nations Tournament goes August ninth-13th in Dallas, Texas.

Noah Lee-D-Los Angeles, CA-No commits.
-Gold went 4-1 and Lee had an assist in their 7-1 win over Team Black and another in their 5-2 victory over Team Royal. He was left off both the Five Nations' roster, as well as, both all-star teams.

-The last camp to go this summer was the Select 15s camp, which is from July 17th-20th.
Select 15s (Born in 2001):
Callan Sandquist-Goalie-Castle Pines, CO-No commits.
-Portland's seventh round selection, was one of only 24 goalies from the 2001 age group, across the country to be invited. He started the camp, by turning away 13 of 14 shots, on his way to a win in Orange's 4-1 victory over Team Forest. Next, Sandquist stopped 12/13 shots and Team Orange won again, this time 5-3 over Team Royal. Sandquist closed out the camp with 14 saves on 15 shots in Orange's 4-3 OT loss to Team Gray. Overall he stopped 39 of 42 shots that he faced for a 2.00 GAA and 0.929 save percentage. His save percentage was good for third overall in the camp, out of 24 goalies.
Judd Caulfield-Forward-Grand Forks, N.D.-No commits.
-The Winterhawks took Caulfield with their 10th round pick this summer. He gave Red their first lead of the tournament in their first game. They would go on to beat Team Teal 3-2. In their second game, Team Red poured it on Team Gold, as Caulfield had a goal and two assists for three points, in a 10-2 win. Caulfield and Team Red finished their camp with a 5-4 win over Team Black. Caulfield added another assist for a total of five points in the three games. This tied him for fourth overall in camp scoring.

Also taking place this month, British Columbia U-16 Hockey hosted their Provincial Camp and two Winterhawks were present in Shawinigan. On the line, were invitations to represent B.C. at the Western Challenge U-16 Cup. Holden Kodak and Jason Chu both did well enough at last April's B.C. Cup, that they were invited to Provincial Camp. The invitees were split into two teams: Team Blue and Team Grey. The two teams split their four games, with two wins apiece.
Holden Kodak-Forward-Cloverdale, B.C.-No commits.
-The Hawks took Kodak in the 11th round of the 2016 bantam draft. His good camp, meant that he was named to the Team B.C. shortlist earlier today. He was third in scoring in the tournament with four points in four games. He also had three points in five games during the B.C. Cup.
Jason Chu-D-Coquitlam, B.C.-No commits.
-Portland drafted Chu in the fourth round of this past summer's draft. He scored twice and added an assist during April's Cup and added another assist in three games at the Prov. Camp. He was also named to the 30 player B.C. shortlist and should have a strong chance to represent his province in October at the Western Challenge Cup.

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