The Tri-City Americans rookie camp will feature 15 of their Western Hockey League bantam draft picks over the past two years, including eight of the 10 players chosen in May.
The camp, which opens Wednesday at Toyota Center, also will have seven U.S. prospects, including three from Colorado, two from Washington and one each from California and Arizona.
Of the 36 players, there will be 20 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goalies.
“It’s always fun,” Americans general manager Bob Tory said of the rookie camp. “Most of them are a year away from playing in the league. It’s nice to get a look at our young players. It’s tough to play in the league at 16. We don’t expect a lot of them to.”
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The two Washington players are forward Hunter Alden of Walla Walla and defenseman Brendan Winslow of Richland.
“I’ve seen them both play,” Tory said. “The programs they play in aren’t as strong as the Canadian programs. The challenge for them is where to go next to develop. In the past, we have had more local kids, but a couple opted to go to other camps, and there just weren’t as many (players) this year.”
Two of the players to watch are 2013 bantam draft picks Parker AuCoin of Calgary, Alberta, and Nolan Yaremko of Spirit River, Alberta. Both are forwards.
“They are both good players and will have an opportunity to push for spots,” Tory said. “They will be held over for main camp, without a doubt.”
Tri-City Americans Rookie Camp
Braedon Fleming, Langley, British Columbia; Nicholas Sanders, Calgary, Alberta; Andrew Suriano, Lethbridge, Alberta; Beck Warm, Vancouver, British Columbia.
George Bertoia, Taber, Alberta; Dylan Coghlan, Nanaimo, British Columbia; Bryce DeFazio, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mark Drohan, Calgary, Alberta; Jonathen Dube, Phoenix; Landon Fuller, Williams Lake, British Columbia; Justin Peaker, Surrey, British Columbia; Rhys Phelps, Centennial, Colo.; Emilio Salas, Burnaby, British Columbia; Joseph Santaluccia, Burnaby, British Columbia; Connor Timlick, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brendan Winslow, Richland.
Hunter Alden, Walla Walla; Zackari Andrusiak, Armstrong, British Columbia; Parker AuCoin, Calgary, Alberta; Ben Brar, Abbotsford, British Columbia; Cameron Braun, Calgary, Alberta; Brody Buckham, Abbotsford, British Columbia; Michael Carranza, San Ramon, Calif.; Korbyn Chabot, Cranbrook, British Columbia; Morgan Geekie, Strathclair, Manitoba; Brett Leason, Calgary, Alberta; Kyle Olson, Calgary, Alberta; Harris Pearce, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia; Dylan Prpich, Calgary, Alberta; Michael Rasmussen, Surrey, British Columbia; Jordan Roy, Kimberley, British Columbia; Riley Sawchuk, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Jeff Schlegel, Lake Country, British Columbia; Sean Thornton, Lethbridge, Alberta; Jake Vauhan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nolan Yaremko, Spirit River, Alberta.