Seven players who spent the 2009-10 season in the USHL are among the 35 invited to participate in the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Etobicoke, Ontario on August 18-19.
The purpose of the camp is for NHL team officials to get a look at possible rules changes with the extra benefit of seeing top 2011 Draft-eligible prospects show off their skills while competing under the rule changes.
"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 Central Scouting. "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."
Among the USHL players attending are Omaha Lancers forward Seth Ambroz who has spent two seasons in the USHL compiling 80 points (36g, 44a) and 206 penalty minutes in 116 games played. The 17-year-old is committed to attend the University of Minnesota following this coming USHL season. Forward Matthew Nieto led all Team USA players in scoring in 2009-10 with 29 points (15g, 14a) in 24 USHL games while posting a team best plus-20 rating.
USHL players participating in the 2010 NHL RDO Camp:
Seth Ambroz (F), Omaha Lancers
Matthew Nieto (F), Team USA
Nick Shore (F), Team USA
Scott Mayfield (D), Youngstown Phantoms
Adam Clendening (D), Team USA
Robbie Russo (D), Team USA
John Gibson (G), Team USA
In all, 20 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders were picked for the camp. They will be led on the ice by veteran coaches Ken Hitchcock and Dave King.
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