It may be the offseason, but it’s anything but a holiday for several of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Along with the four players taken in the recent 2017 NHL Draft, six other players, one recently drafted and one former Bulldog have been and will be busy at NHL Development Camps.
In the first of a 3-part series, we check out what three of the Bulldogs are up to.
The Bulldogs Mackenzie Entwistle attended his first NHL Camp from June 26-29, after becoming the first Bulldog selected at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
He was the Arizona’s 3rd round pick, 69th overall and was the Coyotes’ first forward taken in the Draft.
Among the highlights for Entwistle this past season was his performance at the U18 Championship in Slovakia where he led Team Canada in scoring.
Matt Luff was invited to the L-A Kings Development Camp last year and the free-agent earned himself a 3-year entry level contract with the NHL club.
Luff was back at the Kings camp June 27-30 to show management that he is ready to take the next step in his hockey career.
Luff is coming off a very successful season where he produced 49 points in 45 games, which earned him top spot on the Bulldogs in Points Per Game list at 1.09.
Cole Candella was the first ever Bulldog drafted by an NHL team when he was taken by the Vancouver Canucks in the 5th round (140th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.
A year later and Candella is wrapping up his second Canucks Development Camp.
The 2016-17 highlight for Candella was a two goal performance against the Knights in a Bulldogs 7-5 win in London.
In Part 2, a look at what Bulldogs are taking part in Development Camps for the Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers.