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.