12 BULLDOGS AT NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS – PART 2
It continues to a busy couple of weeks for a number of Bulldogs as they take part in NHL Development Camps.
In Part 2 of a 3-part series, we look at five Bulldogs, past, present and future at three different camps.
Matthew Strome is attending his first NHL camp July 7-12.
Strome was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 4th round (106th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.
He led the Bulldogs in both goals, and points during the 2016-17 regular season after scoring 34 goals and adding 28 assists for a total of 62 points. Strome also recorded 8 points in 7 playoff games.
The Bulldogs were well represented at the Montreal Canadiens camp that wrapped up July 5th.
Will Bitten was taking part in his second Habs camp after being a 3rd round selection (70th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. It’s expected Bitten will gain even more this time around along with the experience he will get at the Team Canada World Junior Evaluation Camp later this summer.
Bulldogs prospect Joni Ikonen was lighting it up at the camp with his highlight reel goals and play-making abilities. He was the Canadiens 2nd round pick (58th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft and the Bulldogs only selection (24th overall) in the recent CHL Import Draft.
Former Bulldog Niki Petti was also at the Montreal camp. Petti wrapped up his great junior career in Hamilton last season and then went on to finish the season with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps under an Amateur Tryout contract before signing a one-year AHL contract for the 2017-18 season.
Brandon Saigeon took part in the Edmonton Oilers camp in Jasper, AB from July 1-5.
The Grimsby, ON native is coming off a career year in the OHL that saw him put up 49 points in 66 games. Saigeon was also named the most improved player in the OHL’s Eastern Conference 2016-17 Coach’s Poll.
In Part 3, we look at the Bulldogs at Development Camps for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils, including one player at two different camps.