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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.

 

WBS Knights Pre-Draft Camp Info for May 19-21

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are excited to announce that we will be holding a tryout camp prior to the NAHL Draft. The camp will take place at our home rink, the Revolution Ice Centre, May 19th-21st. This camp affords all prospective junior hockey players with birth years 1997-2001 the opportunity to be evaluated by the Knights staff prior to the NAHL Draft on June 6th and possibly earn an invite to the Knights Main Camp in July. With a $275 registration fee, players are guaranteed to play three games with the top thirty players in camp earning a spot in the all-star game on the last day of camp.

The Knights are proud members of the only TIER II league in the US, the NAHL. The NAHL is a proven pathway for young men between the ages of 16-21 to develop into outstanding collegiate and professional players while playing in some of the nation’s state-of- the-art facilities. It is one of the only two leagues in the United States, which implements the non-pay-to-play model. For more information on the NAHL visit www.nahl.com.

In 2017-18 the Knights will also field a franchise at the tier-III level of junior hockey  in the EHL. The EHL is yet another impressive league that sees dozens of its players commit to play college hockey each year. For more information on the EHL visit http://www.easternhockeyleague.org/. This franchise will act as a feeder team to the Knights NAHL team. As such players who attend the Knights camps this offseason will be assessed for both the tier-II and tier-III teams. Those that do not make the tier-II NAHL team will have a chance at making the program’s EHL roster.

Our organization has worked diligently over the past decade providing young men the opportunity to fulfill their dreams in various hockey leagues; NHL, AHL, NCAA, and USHL. for more information on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, please visit www.wbsknights.com.

The Knights are very much looking forward to a great new season. We have made significant improvements in many areas from our last season and we will continue to build on the impressive strides we’ve made in the past.