This past weekend the Rivermen hosted their annual Prospects Camp with about 140 players taking part in what was a very good showcase of talent from across North America.
Young players from across Canada and the United States were able to give the Rivermen coaching and scouting staff a look at what they’re capable of with many of them set to return for main camp in August as they battle for several roster spots for the 2014-15 season.
There were a lot of players that turned heads and stood out. Dante Fabbro, who played two games for the Riv this past season as an affiliate, was very strong as usual on the back end as he is coming off a record setting season with the Major Midget Vancouver NW Giants where he amassed the most points ever for a defenceman (61 points in 38 games). Another standout on D was 1997-born Cole Williams, a local product who had a strong year with the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan.
Another local skater, Justin Szeto, a teammate of Fabbro’s with the Giants, is a very impressive forward with tons of speed and skill with the puck. He put up 77 points in 40 games with the Giants in 2013-14, the third most in the entire BCMML.
Erik Udahl is a 1996-born forward from the Boston area who is a smart, speedy playmaker who stood out each time he hit the ice.
The two St. Andrew’s College forwards who have previously committed to play for the Rivermen also showed why they will look to be big time players in the BCHL. Both Zac Masson and Matthew Graham have incredible compete levels. Masson has great speed to complement his size and is strong on the puck, a very aggressive skater. He has amazing chemistry with Graham who he played all season with. Graham has clear offensive talent and a goal scorer’s touch.
Some Rivermen affiliates from last season also had good showings at camp including defenceman Trevor MacLean who played in three games for the Riv in 2013-14. MacLean is no stranger to the BCHL having spent the first half of the season with the Powell River Kings. Forward Cam Bertsch had a very strong finish to camp playing extremely well on Sunday. Bertsch played in six regular season games with the Riv this past season and three playoff games where he scored his first BCHL goal against the Coquitlam Express.
These are just some of the impressive talents seen over the weekend as the Riv definitely have a bright future ahead as main training camp in August will see these young prospects combined with returning players to get a sense of just how the 2014-15 Rivermen will begin to look.