EVERETT – Five members of the Everett Silvertips are participating in rookie development camps with National Hockey League teams this week. In addition to NHL draft picks Mirco Mueller (San Jose Sharks), Jujhar Khaira and Ben Betker (Edmonton Oilers), undrafted prospects Dawson Leedahl (Calgary Flames) and Austin Lotz (Vancouver Canucks) are also getting a chance to show their skills to NHL clubs.
Mueller, 19, was San Jose’s first-round selection (18th overall) in last year’s NHL Draft. He attended training camp with the Sharks last fall and signed his entry-level NHL contract just before returning to Everett for his 18-year-old season. San Jose’s Development Camp, which includes the second-annual Summer Prospects Scrimmage at SAP Center, starts Monday and runs throughout the week.
Betker and Khaira, both 19, have been in Jasper, Alberta since last week for an Oilers Orientation Camp that concludes on Monday. Khaira was Edmonton’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in 2012 and was assigned to Everett after leaving Michigan Tech University to sign with the Oilers last summer. Betker was chosen in the sixth-round (158th overall) of the 2013 Draft following his rookie year with the Silvertips and has yet to sign a pro contract.
Leedahl, 18, accepted a try-out agreement to attend Calgary’s Development Camp after going unselected in his first year of draft eligibility in 2014. Flames camp began last Friday and continues through the final scrimmage on Wednesday, July 9.
Lotz, 19, joins the Canucks’ Prospects Development Camp this summer after attending training camp with the Carolina Hurricanes prior to last season. The fourth-year Silvertips goaltender joins 35 other prospects at the University of British Columbia on Monday to start the camp, which concludes with a 4-on-4 tournament on Friday.
A few recent Silvertips alumni are also getting opportunities at NHL Development Camps. Last year’s leading scorer and team MVP Josh Winquist, who has signed an AHL contract with the Edmonton-affiliated Oklahoma City Barons for next season, is at Oilers camp along with Betker and Khaira. 2013-14 Everett captain Matt Pufahl and former Silvertip Reid Petryk, who was traded to Edmonton early last season, are in camp with the Colorado Avalanche as well. Both have spent time with Colorado’s AHL affiliate on amateur tryout agreements.
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