Meet the Players Who Will Participate in the NHL Net-Aired Shanny Summit

TORONTO (August 12, 2010) — Thirty-three of the top-rated players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft have accepted invitations to participate in the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series, the National Hockey League announced today.

The talented group of skaters and goaltenders from the Canadian Hockey League, the USHL and United States colleges and high schools will provide the high level of skill required to properly test out the dozens of new rules, on-ice markings and game strategies that will be explored during two days of scrimmages at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ practice facility in Etobicoke, Ontario, August 18 and 19.

“This Camp has the bonus element of giving general managers and their staffs an early season look at many of the players whose names they will be calling out as their teams’ top-round selections in the June 2011 Entry Draft in St. Paul,” said E.J. McGuire, Director of the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. “These are some of the most talented players available to execute the unique skills and strategies which the Camp is designed to test and evaluate.”

The players will be directed by accomplished head coaches Ken Hitchcock and Dave King through four on-ice sessions that will be contested under game conditions. They also will attend orientation sessions on social media and security designed to provide them with useful information as they begin their draft-eligible seasons in hopes of pursuing an NHL career.

“This will be a great learning experience and opportunity for these players,” said NHL Vice President Hockey and Business Brendan Shanahan. “Team personnel get an up-close look at these 2011 Entry Draft prospects while we hope to provide the players with a fun and informative two days.”

The following players have confirmed that they will participate:

Player Pos. Club (League) Height, Weight

Seth Ambroz RW Omaha (USHL) 6′ 2″, 211 lbs.

Nathan Beaulieu D Saint John (QMJHL) 6′ 1″, 175 lbs.

Gabriel Beaupre D Val d’Or (QMJHL) 6′ 2″, 198 lbs.

Myles Bell D Regina (WHL) 5′ 11.25″, 200 lbs.

David Broll LW Erie (OHL) 6′ 1.25″, 220 lbs.

Daniel Catenacci C Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 5′ 9.5″, 181 lbs.

Adam Clendening D Boston U. (H-EAST) 5′ 11.5″, 190 lbs.

Sean Couturier C Drummondville (QMJHL) 6′ 3.5″, 193 lbs.

Michael Curtis C Belleville (OHL) 5′ 11.75″, 174 lbs.

John Gibson G USA U-18 (USHL) 6′ 3″, 175 lbs.

Dougie Hamilton D Niagara (OHL) 6′ 3.25″, 180 lbs.

Scott Harrington D London (OHL) 6′ 0.5″, 195 lbs.

Jonathan Huberdeau C Saint John (QMJHL) 6′ 0″, 154 lbs.

Philippe Hudon RW Choate (HIGH-CT) 6′ 1″, 172 lbs.

Boone Jenner C Oshawa (OHL) 6′ 0.5″, 192 lbs.

Patrick Koudys D Rensselaer (ECAC) 6′ 4″, 190 lbs.

John Kurtz ** LW Sudbury (OHL) (2009-10) 6′ 2.5″, 200 lbs.

Gabriel Landeskog LW Kitchener (OHL) 6′ 0″, 200 lbs.

Keegan Lowe D Edmonton (WHL) 6′ 0.75″, 172 lbs.

Adam Lowry LW Swift Current (WHL) 6′ 2″, 167 lbs.

Scott Mayfield D Youngstown (USHL) 6′ 3.75″, 185 lbs.

Shane McColgan RW Kelowna (WHL) 5′ 8.25″, 170 lbs.

Garrett Meurs C Plymouth (OHL) 5′ 10.5″, 164 lbs.

Mike Morrison G Kitchener (OHL) 6′ 0.25″, 172 lbs.

Ryan Murphy D Kitchener (OHL) 5′ 10.75″, 160 lbs.

Matthew Nieto LW Boston U. (H-EAST) 5′ 11″, 180 lbs.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C Red Deer (WHL) 5′ 11.5″, 155 lbs.

Xavier Ouellet D Montreal (QMJHL) 6′ 0″, 174 lbs.

Zack Phillips C Saint John (QMJHL) 6′ 1.25″, 177 lbs.

Alan Quine C Kingston (OHL) 5′ 10.25″, 168 lbs.

Ty Rattie RW Portland (WHL) 6′ 0″, 165 lbs.

Robbie Russo D USA U-18 (USHL) 6′ 0″, 180 lbs.

Nick Shore RW U. of Denver (WCHA) 6′ 0.5″, 191 lbs

Tyson Teichmann G Belleville (OHL) 6′ 0″, 139 lbs.

Zack Torquato ** C Erie (OHL) (2009-10) 5′ 11″, 198 lbs.

** overage player; not eligible for 2011 Entry Draft


So We’re All Decided, NHL Hard Knocks Needs to Happen, Right?

In case you haven’t noticed (why should you?) I’ve been working for SB Nation New York, SB Nation’s regional site dedicated to … wait for it … New York. On a whim, I decided I would do an AV Club/Television Without Pity style “recap” series for the HBO show, Hard Knocks, starring the New York Jets and Rex Ryan. You can read the first episode recap here. It was the first time I’d ever watched the series, which has had multiple incarnations over nearly a decade and, while it teetered on really boring at times, it was something I appreciated as it went on.

I believe I’ve written before in this space that the NHL should get involved with HBO Sports more than the one-off flirtation with that Flyers documentary. Why not try Hard Knocks: Hockey Edition? There are certainly a couple of teams in the post-lockout NHL that could be used. The Blackhawks certainly proved entertaining. The Capitals, I mean, Ovechkin and Boudreau could carry a 10-year series. The Flyers, with Pronger and the long-rumored locker room tensions between the players. The Sharks would be an interesting hockey story, but offers little in the way of personality to casual fans.

Like I said, the show can be really boring at times. Hockey players can be really, really boring at times. But why not take a shot on something edgy? Whenever the NHL produces anything, it can’t help but feel soft and down the middle. Hell, John Collins even said as much as that: he wants to keep the NHL Network from being too controversial or opinionated. Let the HBO folks draw some personality out of the game.  That, and lots and lots of swearing.