As the Moose Jaw Warriors practice at Mosaic Place this week in preparation for this weekends home-and-home series with Brandon, seven players are gearing up to head south.
Cody Beach and Joel Edmundson are both attending St. Louis Blues camp, and the 19 year old Beach says he's expecting the battles to be different than what he's seen in the past couple of weeks.
"The guys at an NHL camp are all bigger and stronger. Everyone's there to compete for a spot and make money for a living playing the game. Those battles are quit different, they're more fighting for a living inside of spot on a junior team."
Beach signed with the Blues in the off season and says with that comes a lot of pressure. "When they give you money they mean business. You have to show that they can put faith in you and they can give you money. Once they do that, you're all their's."
Edmundson was picked 46th overall by the Blues at this year's Entry Draft and says he's been anxiously awaiting this road trip. "It's a dream come true. I'm really nervous and excited at the same time. I just can't wait to get down there, meet all players and show them what I got."
The duo leaves tomorrow, and with this being Joel's first camp, he says battling nerves will be one of the biggest hurdles to climb. "I think I need to go in there and not dip my toe in the water, just go in there and play my game. Show them what I got and be one of the physical guys, and just not be nervous and have fun with it."
Beach and Edmundson, along with the rest of the Blues rookies, will take part in this weekend's Traverse City Prospects Tournament. There first game is Saturday against Dylan McIlrath, Collin Bowman, and the New York Rangers rookie team.
Also heading south this week is Quinton Howden (Florida), while Kendall McFaull (Winnipeg) and Dallas Ehrhardt (Calgary) will take part in the Young Stars Tournament hosted by the Vancouver Canucks in Penticton, BC.
We'll have more with the players attending NHL Camps throughout the rest of the week.