Prospect Camps Update

Well obviously when I went through the NHL sites looking for Minutemen on prospect camp rosters I did a poor job. Luckily a FTT reader did better job though and emailed to pass along some good news. Danny Hobbs is back at NY Rangers camp for his second prospect camp visit. And after spending last summer at his hometown Philly Flyers camp, Rocco Carzo gets to spend a couple weeks with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

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Thankfully common sense has prevailed and the rules committee has backed off of that idiotic rule proposal to eliminate icing while shorthanded.

Prospect Camps

NHL developmental camps are pretty much in full swing and there are a couple UMass players participating.

First off, thanks to FTT reader “Greg” who was the first to point out that Mike Marcou is currently in Islanders Prospect Camp, taking place not too far from his hometown on the island. Of course his brother also participated in the same camp a few years back. This is a great opportunity for Mike to play with some elite players at his age level. It also goes to show how far he has come since entering UMass. I don’t think another Minuteman player has showed as much progress as him since entering the school a couple years ago, first solidifying his defensive game and then adding an offensive dimension this past year.

Another name that stood out on that roster is T.J. Sarcona who stood out when I went to watch some junior hockey this past year. I have no idea if he’s on Toot’s radar, but certainly with UMass having a connection with his AJHL team, the New Jersey Rockets, would help if he is. Recruits Kevin Boyle and Chris DelMauro are both former Rockets as was once committed John Carlson.

Not as surprisingly Casey Wellman will be at the Minnesota Wild’s prospect camp following a decent debut with the club following his season at UMass. Another Hockey East name that sticks out in camp with him is Vermont’s Kyle Medvec.

That’s all I’ve found for UMass players on prospect camp rosters. The Sharks, as they always have, keep their camp completely locked down so while I’m sure James Marcou, Matt Irwin, Justin Braun, or some combo thereof will be there, we’ll likely never know. If anyone else finds Minutemen in camp, please post a comment and let me know.

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UMass is mentioned with Michigan State, Denver, Ohio State, BU, and Wisconsin as losing at least three underclassmen to the pros (Wisco has lost four) this offseason in this article about Spartan captain Corey Tropp leaving for the NHL. Wisconsin almost lost another according to this blog. Like UMass, Wisconsin will certainly be in a state of flux when the two teams meet next season.