Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Where was Gropp?

F Sergei Drozd (Tri-City, 2009-10) signed a two-year contract extension with Dinamo Minsk (Belarus, KHL). He had three goals and two assists in 50 games with Dinamo last season. . . .

F Clarke Breitkreuz (Regina, Prince George, 2008-10) signed a one-year contract with Löwen Frankfurt (Germany, Oberliga). He had 15 goals and 26 assists in 29 games to lead Duisburg (Germany, Oberliga) in scoring last season.
A number of undrafted WHLers have signed deals to attend NHL development and/or rookie camps. Among those players are D Zach Yuen, Tri-City (Dallas); F Miles Koules, Medicine Hat (Minnesota); G Troy Trombley, Tri-City (Edmonton); F Jacob Doty, Medicine Hat (Edmonton); F Reid Petryk, Everett (Edmonton); F Boston Leier, Medicine Hat (Washington); F Matt Needham, Kamloops (Dallas); F Brady Brassart, Calgary (Tampa Bay); D Macoy Erkamps, Lethbridge (Ottawa); and F Beau McCue, Tri-City (Toronto).
F Chance Braid of the Prince Albert Raiders has been invited to a pair of Washington Capitals’ camps. He is scheduled to attend the Caps’ development camp next week and also is to go to their rookie camp later in the summer. . . . Meanwhile, F Jayden Hart of the Raiders will attend the Boston Bruins’ rookie camp later in the summer. . . . F Connor Rankin of the Tri-City Americans will go to camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins in September.
A number of players who used up their eligibility last season also will attend development camps, among them D Daniel Johnston, Lethbridge (Vancouver); G Ty Rimmer, Lethbridge (Dallas); and F Brendan Ranford, Kamloops (Dallas). . . . F Cam Braes (Lethbridge, Moose Jaw, 2007-12) will be in Arizona’s development camp. He played last season with the U of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. . . . Doty, Rimmer, Braes and Johnston are clients of Turning Point Sports Management.
F Luke Lockhart, who played out his junior eligibility last season with the Seattle Thunderbirds, is decided to attend the University of British Columbia and play for the Thunderbirds. . . . Lockhart, from Burnaby, spent five seasons with Seattle.
The Prince Albert Raiders have released F Austin Daae, 20, after he had eight points in 30 games with them last season. Daae is planning to spend the 2013-14 season with the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. . . . Josh Lewis of the Estevan Mercury has more right here.

It doesn’t appear that Garry Davidson, the general manager of the Everett Silvertips, agrees with the decision to keep European goaltenders out of the CHL. . . . “Personally, I struggle with that decision a little bit,” Davidson told Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald. “I really think the CHL is the best junior league in the world, and it should have the best players. If that means European goalies, I'm fine with that. (Hockey Canada) feels development of goalies is an issue, but I'm not sure having one or two high-end European goalies makes that much difference. The development is needed at the younger levels. But that's just my personal opinion.”

From Wade Murphy (@wmurphy93): “Great to see my boy @Gropper8 here at North Dakota last night, kid is sorta a beauty #stallmate #mitts #swag”

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