Justin Hamonic has a busy schedule the next couple of weeks.
The Tri-City Americans defenseman will graduate from Vincent Massey High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Friday, and Sunday he hops a plane for Toronto to attend the Maple Leafs prospects camp.
After the Toronto camp, he will fly to Philadelphia to attend the Flyers prospects camp.
“It was disappointing not to be drafted,” Hamonic said. “My agent (Tony Matarazzo) was at the (NHL) draft and people talked to him there. After the draft, he called and told me about the invites. I’m excited. It will be a fun trip. I’ll work hard and show people what I can do.”
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Hamonic will take the two-week journey by himself, but he said he’s ready for the adventure.
“I’m just so excited,” he said. “I’ll be able to handle it, I hope. It’s a good opportunity to see what the talent is like and how I compare.”
Tri-City forward Jesse Mychan also be attending camp — with the Vancouver Canucks.
Mychan, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, had his right Achilles’ tendon severed during Game 3 of the Americans’ first-round playoff series with Everett. He has been skating and running, but won’t be able to participate fully in all camp drills, which the Canucks are aware.
“They must have liked the way I played during the regular season,” Mychan said. “I’m not going to be able to do the actual camp, but I can do the fitness stuff and they are OK with that. I will get the benefit of the coaching. I will take it all in.
“Jim (coach Hiller) and (general manager) Bob (Tory) gave me an opportunity and played me to my strengths and I got noticed by teams. In the end, it will pay off.”
Today is the Canadian Hockey League import draft, but with Swedish forward Malte Strömwall and Czech defenseman Michal Plutnar returning, the Americans will not be drafting a player.
Tri-City traded its pick (59th overall) to the Kootenay Ice for a conditional eighth-round pick in the 2013 WHL bantam draft.