TORONTO, ON – Thirty-six of the top-rated players eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft have accepted invitations to participate in the 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp, August 17 and 18, the National Hockey League announced on Thursday.
27 of the 36 players are from Canadian Hockey League teams including 15 from the Ontario Hockey League, seven from the Western Hockey League, and five from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Participating players were selected by NHL Central Scouting and rank high on the 2012 Futures Lists. The talented group of skaters and goaltenders will show off their playing skills to general managers and talent evaluators from around the League in a unique best-on-best setting that commences their Draft-eligible seasons.
Dan Byslma, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Dave Tippett head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, along with NHL Hockey Operations staff will lead the players over the course of two days as they test a number of proposed rules changes, rink markings and strategies.
The following CHL players have confirmed their participation:
Name, Pos., Club (League), Height, Weight
DRIEDGER, CHRIS, G, CALGARY (WHL), 6' 2', 172 lbs
DUMBA, MATHEW, D, RED DEER (WHL), 5' 11', 171 lbs
MURRAY, RYAN, D, EVERETT (WHL), 6' 0', 182 lbs
POULIOT, DERRICK, D, PORTLAND (WHL), 5' 11', 185 lbs
RIELLY, MORGAN, D, MOOSE JAW (WHL), 5' 11', 189 lbs
SISSONS, COLTON, RW, KELOWNA (WHL), 6' 1', 182 lbs
SIWAK, DAULTON, C, RED DEER (WHL), 5' 11', 190 lbs
For a full list of invited players please visit www.nhl.com.
Agendas detailing which rules will be tested in each individual scrimmage will be released at a later date.