Image via Stephen Dyrgas.
While talking about prospects and thinking about the future has its moments, I’m sure we’re all ready to see the familiar faces of the Canucks get back onto the ice and compete. Thankfully, the time for that is rapidly approaching as the team’s main training camp is set to kick off tomorrow (Wednesday September 11th). While it’s still not quite game action, it certainly provides intrigue as jockeying for open roster spots heats up. Keep in mind that the regular season opener is a measly 22 sleeps away.
Read on past the jump for the roster, and the schedule.
The next few weeks mean different things for different players, depending on the point they’re at in their respective careers. There’s of course the established veterans that are assured a spot on the team, and will use this time to get their rhythm down and round into shape so that they can hit the ground running right off the bat.
But beyond that, we’ll also be getting a good look at the recently drafted prospects, who will surely be looking to make their mark and get their feet wet going up against NHL players. And then there’s the other fringe players will be looking to earn a roster spot by turning some heads and impressing the coaching staff. There’s still a handful of decisions that need to be made in terms of roster construction before the regular season opens on October 3rd in San Jose, making the next few weeks critical for many of the attendees.
The more notable competitions will be between Eddie Lack and Joacim Eriksson for the right to back up Luongo, and between Yannick Weber and Frankie Corrado for the 6th defenseman slot. Meanwhile, there’s also some spots up for grabs in the bottom 6 up front, particularly down the middle.
John Tortorella had the following to say about the topic of training camp back in July (during the team’s summer summit):
"We have our camp set. It’s written out. It will be a very rigorous camp. The testing and the conditioning will be the main focus. Both the physical, and the mental conditioning. I think how athletes present themselves when they’re being tested will show me where they want to be with the club. I know about the Sedins, and I know about Kesler, but I don’t know much about that middle part of the lineup and I won’t until we get in the room for camp. "
Below is the list of players that will be coming to the 2013-14 edition of training camp. By my count, there are 21 defensemen, 35 forwards, and 5 goalies on the roster.
|Darren Archibald||February 9, 1990|
|Ludwig Blomstrand||March 8, 1993|
|David Booth||November 24, 1984|
|Alex Burrows||April 11, 1981|
|Cole Cassels||May 4, 1995|
|Brandon DeFazio||September 13, 1988|
|Mitch Elliot||July 15, 1993|
|Benn Ferriero||April 29, 1987|
|Alex Friesen||January 30, 1991|
|Brendan Gaunce||March 25, 1994|
|Alexandre Grenier||September 5, 1991|
|Zach Hall||April 29, 1993|
|Zach Hamill||September 23, 1988|
|Jannik Hansen||March 15, 1986|
|Chris Higgins||June 2, 1983|
|Kyle Hope||April 2, 1993|
|Bo Horvat||April 5, 1995|
|Nicklas Jensen||March 6, 1993|
|Zack Kassian||January 24, 1991|
|Ryan Kesler||August 31, 1984|
|Kellan Lain||August 11, 1989|
|Alexandre Mallet||May 22, 1992|
|Jesse Mychan||July 2, 1992|
|Wes Myron||August 16, 1992|
|David Pacan||March 31, 1991|
|Pascal Pelletier||June 16, 1983|
|Brad Richardson||February 4, 1985|
|Mike Santorelli||December 14, 1985|
|Jordan Schroeder||September 29, 1990|
|Daniel Sedin||September 26, 1980|
|Henrik Sedin||September 26, 1980|
|Tom Sestito||September 28, 1987|
|Hunter Shinkaruk||October 13, 1994|
|Colin Stuart||July 8, 1982|
|Dale Weise||August 5, 1988|
|Peter Andersson||April 13, 1991|
|Andrew Alberts||June 30, 1981|
|Jeremie Blain||March 19, 1992|
|Alex Biega||April 4, 1988|
|Kevin Bieksa||June 16, 1981|
|Anton Cederholm||February 21, 1995|
|Frank Corrado||March 26, 1993|
|Alex Edler||April 21, 1986|
|Jason Garrison||November 13, 1984|
|Sacha Guimond||March 28, 1991|
|Dan Hamhuis||December 13, 1982|
|Miles Liberati||June 21, 1995|
|Evan McEneny||May 22, 1994|
|Patrick Mullen||May 6, 1986|
|John Negrin||March 25, 1989|
|Adam Polasek||July 12, 1991|
|Yann Sauve||February 18, 1990|
|Jordan Subban||March 3, 1995|
|Chris Tanev||December 20, 1989|
|Henrik Tommernes||August 28, 1990|
|Yannick Weber||September 23, 1988|
|Joe Cannata||January 2, 1990|
|Mathieu Corbeil||September 27, 1991|
|Joacim Eriksson||April 9, 1991|
|Eddie Lack||January 5, 1988|
|Roberto Luongo||April 4, 1979|
Image via Canucks.com.
*The Canucks will also be opening the doors of Rogers Arena to fans who want to watch the team’s scrimmage at 8:30 AM on Friday September 13th, Saturday September 14th, and Sunday September 15th. All you have to do get in and get a sneak peak is fill out the form here.