Blazers send 13 players to NHL development camps

13 Blazers to NHL camps

The Kamloops Blazers are sending more than a dozen players to NHL development camps.

Logan Stankoven, Ethan Brandwood and Matthew Seminoff are headed to the Dallas Stars development camp, while Quinn Schmiemann and Viktor Persson will take part in the Vancouver Canucks camp.

Other Blazers taking part in NHL development camps are Luke Toporowski (Boston Bruins), Dylan Garand (New York Rangers), Caedan Bankier (Minnesota Wild), Daylan Kuefler (New York Islanders), Drew Englot (Colorado Avalanche), Dylan Ernst (Carolina Hurricanes), Mats Lindgren (Buffalo Sabres) and Fraser Minten (Toronto Maple Leafs).

Last week, the Blazers had four players selected at the NHL Draft in Montreal. Minten was team’s the highest draft pick, going to the Leafs in the second round, 38th overall, followed by Lindgren (fourth round, 106th overall to Buffalo), Kuefler (sixth round, 174th overall to the Islanders) and Seminoff (sixth round, 179th overall to Dallas).

This week, NHL teams are hosting camps for drafted and undrafted prospects.

Stankoven and Garand are expected to suit up for Team Canada when the World Junior Hockey Championship, which was postponed in December amid rising COVID-19 cases, gets underway next month in Edmonton.

The Blazers will kick off their six-game preseason schedule on Sept. 9 when the Kelowna Rockets visit Sandman Centre. The regular season will get underway on Sept. 23, when the Blazers host the Portland Winterhawks.

The Blazers will host the 2023 Memorial Cup.

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