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WBS Knights Pre-Draft Camp Preview

With both the NAHL and EHL having concluded their 2016-17 seasons, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are focused on building their rosters for 2017-18. With Pre-Draft Camp set to begin Friday and end Sunday, this weekend will be the organization’s first look at a group of prospects hoping to join the Knights program fielding NAHL and EHL rosters in 2017-18.

“This is a big weekend for us,” said Knights NAHL Head Coach and GM Tom Kowal. “We’ve been busy scouting and tendering future players for months, but that only gives us an idea of what part of the roster will look like. The next three days will give more players a chance to prove that they belong here too.”

The three day camp allows prospects the opportunity to distinguish themselves in front of Knights staff who are preparing to build two teams over the coming months.

“We’re in search of guys who are not only talented, but who possess the grit and character to play through the grind of a season of junior hockey,” said Knights NAHL assistant coach and EHL Head Coach Josh Fusco. “We play 48 games in the EHL in the regular season alone. The NAHL plays 60 before their postseason. Either way, that’s a serious commitment.”

With the NAHL Entry Draft just three weeks away, an open camp scheduled for June, and Main Camp scheduled for July, this is a prime opportunity for potential players to familiarize themselves with how the Knights organization operates.

“Our main goal has and will continue to be getting our players ready for college and higher levels of hockey,” said Kowal. “A great way to do that is by building winning hockey teams. Hosting camps is a great way to measure players of different ages and skill sets. It gives the participants an idea of where they’re at as a player, where they can improve, and how we can help them do that. It’s a growing process for them as developing players.”

Now in full swing, the offseason looks to be as promising as it is crucial for the Knights as each day brings them closer to 2017-18. They’re excited to get to work.

 

Little Knights 2017 Tryout Schedule Announced

Wednesday, 3/29/17

Revolution Ice Centre, 12 Old Boston Road, Pittston, PA 18640

5:30 pm to  6:30 pm – Squirt Tier 1 Tryout

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Pee Wee Tier 1 Tryout

 

Friday, 3/31/17

Revolution Ice Centre, 12 Old Boston Road, Pittston, PA 18640

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Squirt Tier 1 Tryout

6:45 pm to 7:45 pm – Pee Wee Tier 1 Tryout

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Bantam Tier 1 Tryout

 

Monday, 4/3/17

Revolution Ice Centre, 12 Old Boston Road, Pittston, PA 18640

5:45 pm to 6:45 pm – Mite Tryout

 

Wednesday, 4/5/17

Revolution Ice Centre, 12 Old Boston Road, Pittston, PA 18640

5:45 pm to 6:45 pm -Mite Tryout

 

Monday, 4/10/17

Revolution Ice Centre, 12 Old Boston Road, Pittston, PA 18640

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Squirt Tryout

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Pee Wee Tryout

7:45 pm to 8:45 pm – Bantam Tryout

 

 

Four Knights to Attend Top Prospects Tournament

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Paul Maust, Matt Kidney, Vince Marino and Dorian Dawson have been named to the NAHL’s annual Prospects Tournament. 

Four Knights will be making the trip to Plymouth, Michigan to represent the team and their division in the NAHL’s annual Top Prospect Tournament. The event will take place February 27th and 28th at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth in front of NCAA and NHL scouts.

As the current occupants of fourth place in the east, the Knights had three players selected to the all-division team. The addition of Vince Marino as a fourth player was via the NAHL Selects Roster.

Dorian Dawson, the team’s current assist leader and co-leader in points will be one of the east’s blue liners. Dawson was just named the NAHL’s defenseman of the month for January after scoring one goal and 10 assists, with a +7 mark in nine games played. On the year, the Ontario native marks 4th amongst all NAHL defensemen with 30 points (seven goals and 23 assists).

Joining Dawson is the other co-leader in points on roster, Paul Maust. Maust, after returning to the Knights in mid-September has been a tone-setter in his second year with the NAHL team. In 39 games played, the Butler, PA native has scored 12 goals and 18 assists. In that time he’s scored three game-winning goals, two power play goals and holds a +12 mark. His most impressive performance was on December 30th when he scored four goals and an assist against Kenai River.

Matt Kidney rounds out the Knights heading to Michigan. After being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NAHL Entry Draft, Kidney lit up the league, scoring 9-12-21 in 19 games played. In that stretch he was awarded the East Division Star of the Week the week of October 24th, before being named the League’s Forward of the Month for October. Since returning to the Knights at the beginning of 2017, he’s recorded four goals and five assists in 10 games played.

UPDATE: Vince Marino has been added to the NAHL Selects team. The Selects will be coached by  Karlis Zirnis of the Shreveport Mudbugs and Craig Doremus of the New Jersey Titans. For his part, Marino has compiled six goals and nine assists through 29 games in the 2016-2017 NAHL season. After missing some time with injury, the ’98 birth year has been a versatile piece and big-bodied forward for the Knights in his first NAHL season.

“We’re excited for Dorian, Paul, Matt getting an opportunity to perform on a stage in front of scouts from college and the NHL,” said head coach Tom Kowal.  “Of course we are also excited that Vince Marino will be joining the tournament with the NAHL Selects team. As I’ve said before, the hard work each of these players has placed into their career development is evident and now being rewarded. This is their chance to take advantage of the spotlight that’s being turned their way. That’s what we want for all of our players, and we’re thrilled when we can work with them to get these valuable opportunities.”

For the official rosters of each team in the upcoming tournament click here.

 

Knights Set to Host 2nd Annual Scouts Night!

Knights fans!

This Saturday, January 14th at 7:30 pm the Knights will play host to the defending Robertson Cup Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs. It will be a special night inside the Revolution Ice Centre as the Knights will be hosting Scout Night at the Rink.

The team will wear custom-made jerseys made by OT Sports paying tribute to the Boy Scouts of Northeast PA. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the long-standing organization.

Anyone in attendance wearing their scouts uniform will receive a free hot dog and small soda.

Tickets for general admission will be $5 for this night only! Reserve tickets today by calling (570) 883-1100 or by emailing [email protected]