Yesterday during the afternoon was the Blue and White game during training camp for the Saskatoon Blades. For several of the kids at camp, it was the last time they will be on the ice competitively with this group. The pack of 40-some was trimmed down today. But the week is far from over. The remaining players have practices scheduled for this week in Martensville before an exhibition game against the Raiders on Friday.
As I mentioned earlier, several young players really impressed at camp. Even talking to Lorne Molleken and some scouts briefly last week, they were very impressed with the players looking to earn a role on the team for this season. Whether or not there is room for them is another question all together.
A ton is still up in the air at this point, as 12 players which are currently Blades' property will be attending NHL camps. Other players who have moved on in their hockey lives are also attending NHL camps after spending last year in Toon town. There are 16 players in all attending NHL camps this fall who were part of the team last season:
Marek Viedensky (SJ), Curt Gogol (SJ), Teighan Zahn (TB), Stefan Elliot (Col), Curtis Hamilton (Edm), Josh Nicholls (Tor), Adam Morrison (Phi), Gaelan Patterson (Cal), Walker Wintoneak (Bos), Jyri Niemi (NYR), Sam Klassen (NYR), Randy McNaught (NYR), Darian Dziurzynski (Pho), Charles Inglis (Pho) and Derek Hulak (Pho).
Several of the players mentioned above are 20 year old's, so the options are limited as to what the team can do with them, if they decide against turning pro this season. Each team only has 3 20 year old spots, and that might just be the biggest storyline right now for the Blades. Lorne Molleken is taking a wait and see approach to things, and as of right now, the same must be said for me.