Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
One of the things that happens during a week of prospect mini-camp, especially in the middle of the summer when nothing else is happening, is that every player gets inspected with a fine-tooth comb. For example, some folks were very quick to point out some of the prospects that weren’t at camp last week. Adam Pelech wasn’t there, due to a broken wrist. Ville Pokka wasn’t there either, but it might have been due to Finnish military commitments (in Finland everyone needs to serve between 6-12 months in the military after their 18th birthday).
For the prospects that were there, they were interviewed and inspected very thoroughly. Here are some of those interviews:
Is it strange going from being a student-athlete to a pro athlete?
There is a huge difference of course, but it’s a good difference. I can just focus on hockey now and that kind of went into my decision making process. You don’t have the social life and the school like you do at a big college like that. I’m excited to have it. That’s another reason why those six games helped. For two and a half, three weeks it gave me a feeling of what it would be like next year. It’s a job now and I’m excited to take that challenge.
He actually went back to South Bend after those two NHL games to finish up that junior year.
“To have that opportunity to come and play in an NHL game, then go back to school and finish classes, it’s a good finish to the season,” Pellerin said. “It looks like a good step. He’ll continue that progress and development, for sure.”
This is from a while back, but Kirill Kabanov has been attending retired NHLer Gary Roberts’ camp.
NHL.com on Brock Nelson and Calvin de Haan.