The Atlanta Thrashers will hold their annual Prospect Development Camp at the team’s practice facility, the Duluth IceForum, from Friday, July 10 to Thursday, July 15. The camp, which will consist of 33 prospects, is designed to assist young players in their development both on and off the ice. All on-ice sessions are free and open to the public.
All nine of the Thrashers 2009 NHL Entry Draft selections are scheduled to attend the camp, including first-round choice (fourth overall) Evander Kane and second round selections Carl Klingberg (34th overall) and Jeremy Morin (45th overall). Also scheduled to participate are first-round picks Angelo Esposito (20th overall in 2007 by Pittsburgh) and Daultan Leveille (29th overall in 2008), as well as forwards Riley Holzapfel (2006 – 2nd round, 43rd overall), Spencer Machacek (2007 – 3rd Round, 67th Overall) and defenseman Paul Postma (2007 – 7th Round, 205th overall).
Thrashers Director of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Dan Marr will oversee the camp and Chicago Wolves Head Coach Don Granato will run practices with his assistant coaches Wendell Young and Jason Christie. Thrashers Strength and Conditioning Coach Ray Bear will conduct off-ice training and Wolves Skills Coach Kenny McCudden will direct all power skating sessions.
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