By Carter Brooks

Photo by Christopher Mast

Once again, Manitoba's eyes will be firmly cast on NHL training camps as preseason play begins in mid-September.

As a Manitoban, there will be 22 Western Hockey League players of importance to keep an eye on as NHL training camps open up across the league this weekend. 16 players born within Manitoba will be trying out with various NHL clubs, while six players who have/will be spending time with Manitoba's WHL teams will also be skating in NHL arenas.

105 total WHL players will be attending NHL training camps, with 58 having been selected in this past June's 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The 16 players from the WHL represent 13 different Western League teams and will be trying out for 15 different NHL clubs (two players attending Colorado Avalanche camp). Included on this list are six Winnipeggers, one player from as far north as The Pas and another from southern Manitoba's Souris.

Other young, exciting Manitobans to look out for include Pimicikamak's Brady Keeper in Florida, Nick Henry in Colorado, Cody Glass and Zach Whitecloud in Vegas, as well as Morgan Geekie and Stelio Mattheos in Carolina.

A full list of players from WHL trying out with NHL teams is provided below:

WHL Team Pos First Name Last Name Hometown NHL Team
Brandon F Ben McCartney Macdonald Philadelphia Flyers
Calgary F Jett Woo Winnipeg Vancouver Canucks
Calgary F Riley Stotts Winnipeg Toronto Maple Leafs
Everett F Connor Dewar The Pas Minnesota Wild
Kamloops D Montana Onyebuchi Dugald Tampa Bay Lightning
Kelowna D Leif Mattson Stonewall Carolina Hurricanes
Lethbridge F Nick Henry Portage la Prairie Colorado Avaanche
Lethbridge D Calen Addison Brandon Pittsburgh Penguins
Moose Jaw D Josh Brook Roblin Montreal Canadiens
Portland F Cody Glass Winnipeg Vegas Golden Knights
Portland G Joel Hofer Winnipeg St.Louis Blues
Prince Albert D Max Martin Winnipeg Boston Bruins
Red Deer D Dawson Barteaux Foxwarren Dallas Stars
Saskatoon F Riley McKay Swan River Chicago Blackhawks
Spokane D Noah King Winnipeg New Jersey Devils
Vancouver G Trent Miner Souris Colorado Avalanche

 Players trying out from Manitoba-based WHL teams:

WHL Team Pos First Name Last Name Hometown NHL Team
Brandon F Ben McCartney Macdonald Philadelphia Flyers
Brandon F Luka Burzan Surrey Colorado Avalanche
Brandon F Marcus Kallionkieli Helsinki Vegas Golden Knights
Brandon G Jiri Patera Praha Vegas Golden Knights
Winnipeg F Peyton Krebs Calgary Vegas Golden Knights
Winnipeg F Michal Teply Havlickuv Brod Chicago Blackhawks
           
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Author: Carter Brooks
Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com
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