Flint, Mich. – Six players with Firebirds ties represented Flint in National Hockey League (NHL) Development Camps over the last four weeks.
Firebirds’ Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Ryan Moore (New York Rangers), Alex Peters (Detroit Red Wings), Kole Sherwood (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Jalen Smereck (Arizona Coyotes) all recently competed in NHL camps.
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In June, Gordeev was selected out of the Firebirds’ organization by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth-round (141st overall) in the most recent 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He totaled 14 points (4G, 10A) in 64 games played last season with Flint.
Caamano was the second Flint Firebird to be drafted in last year’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Selected in the fifth-round, (146th overall) by the Dallas Stars, he was third on the Firebirds in points last season, scoring 35 goals while adding 29 assists for a total of 64 points in 67 games.
A Troy, Mich. native, Moore, attended the New York Rangers Development Camp as a free agent invite. He led the Firebirds in points and was seventh in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 90 points (39G, 51A) in 68 games a season ago.
Peters, the captain for the Firebirds for the past two seasons, skated in the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp. He was a draft pick of the Dallas Stars in the 3rd round (75th overall), in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and has since become a free agent.
Smereck attended Arizona’s camp after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes in October. The Detroit, Mich. native was second among Firebirds’ defenseman in points, scoring nine times and adding 36 assists for 45 points in 60 games played last season.
Sherwood signed a three-year entry-level contract with Columbus in July of 2015. He attended the Blue Jackets development camp this summer and was second on the Firebirds roster with 85 points (33G, 52) in 60 games played.
Since the Plymouth Whalers moved to Flint two seasons ago, the Firebirds have now had 11 drafted or NHL signed players on the roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).
The prospect camps give NHL clubs the opportunity to evaluate some of the game’s top prospects from the junior and professional levels. Players take part in daily intrasquad contests along with sessions on player development and on-ice workouts among many other things.
Both drafted players and free-agent prospects along with invitees can participate in these camps, providing the NHL teams a chance to survey player skills, abilities and growth.
Each NHL team runs its own development camp during the summer months, which includes their drafted prospects as well as a handful of players who are invited as guests.
The Firebirds’ training camp will take place Monday, Aug. 28 through Wednesday, Aug. 30. The camp will be held at the Firebirds’ official practice facility, Iceland Arenas, on Elms Rd. in Clayton Township and is open to the public with free admission for all on-ice sessions.
Season ticket packages for the Flint Firebirds 2017-18 season are on sale now and can be purchased at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET). Season ticket holders receive FREE parking this season. For ticket information, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 201-6904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gordeev Photo Credit: Craig Robertson / Toronto Sun
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