Thursday, 28 May 2015

Wheat Kings Host Prospect Camp this Weekend

Second round pick Sean Comrie is among the 2015
draft picks attending the Wheat Kings' Prospects Camp.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings will get a first-hand look at most of their up-and-comers this weekend with the club hosting its annual Prospects Camp at Westman Communications Group Place.

  Among the players in attendance will be the 2000-born players that were just selected in the WHL's Annual Bantam Draft earlier this month.

  "They get to meet the people in the organization, learn about the league and how we do things with the Wheat Kings," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "As well, for all players, it's a chance to meet one another and we think that, over time, friendships are developed and relationships are developed by having small camps like this."

  While it's more of an orientation weekend for the 2015 draftees, the camp is a little different for those prospects selected in previous years.

  For them, it's about assessing their progress over the last 12 months and seeing how close they might be to challenging for a roster spot.

  "With the '99's that were drafted a year ago, it's a chance for us to monitor their progress over the year they've been in our organization, assess where they've got to better, what they've to continue to improve on," said McCrimmon, "Then with the 1998-born players, it's about seeing how close they are to challenging for spots on our team."

  The camp also serves another purpose, which is the ability for future teammates to get to know each other which plays a role in developing team chemistry down the road.

  "I think it highlights the family aspect that we want in our organization and planting the seed that what the culture of the team is about," added McCrimmon.

  There is only one on-ice session per day during the camp with fitness assessment also part of the process.

  In addition, the first-year players and their families will have an information session to learn more about the Western Hockey League as a whole.

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