The Carolina Hurricanes announced the players, dates and times for their annual prospect conditioning camp, which will take place the second half of next week.
Philippe Paradis, Carolina's first-round pick in last month's entry draft, Zac Dalpe, a rising sophomore at Ohio State and a second-rounder in 2008, and two-time reigning OHL goaltender of the year Mike Murphy highlight the 10-player group.
The camp will run from Wednesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 18 with on-ice sessions at the RecZone beginning at 4:45 p.m., which will be open to the public. The sessions, according to the Hurricanes' release, will be led by Ron Francis, Kevin McCarthy, Tom Rowe and Tom Barrasso. The 10-player roster includes three 2009 draft picks: joining Paradis are second-round pick Brian Dumoulin (D, EJHL Junior Monarchs), and fifth-rounder Matt Kennedy (RW, Guelph Storm). Recently signed Matt Pistilli, an undrafted right wing out of Shawinigan (Paradis' QMJHL team), will also attend.
Free agents Kai Kantola (a Raleigh native who plays at Bowling Green University), Beau Schmitz (an undrafted defenseman with the Peter Karmanos-owned Plymouth Whalers), forward Scott Pitt (a rising junior at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.), and forward Michael McKenzie (a rising senior and leading scorer at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.) round out the camp roster.
The camp is run by Hurricanes head athletic trainer/strength and conditioning coach Pete Friesen and will focus on physical training techniques and testing, motavational techniques, media training and proper eating habits, the release stated.
Bubba and I hope to attend a couple days each and speak to as many of the players as possible.
Here's a closer look at the roster.