Thursday, July 24, 2014

Former Viper Alumni Zalewski Attends Vancouver Canucks Prospects Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Zalewski
attended the Vancouver Canucks Prospects development camp in early July.

Zalewski left his third year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) last season signing with the Canucks on March 17th 2014.  Zalewski skated in his first NHL practice with the Canucks on March 21, 2014 before making his NHL debut on Saturday April 12 2014 in a 5-2 loss in Edmonton. Zalewski picked up his first career NHL point (assist) in a 5-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames the following night.  Zalewski played two season's in Vernon (2010-2012) In 106 regular season games with the Vipers Zalewski collected (50-goals-54-assists-104-points).

Mike Zalewski's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Canucks website:

2014 Development Camp primer

Monday, 07.07.2014

By Tyson Giuriato

NHL hopefuls will be put through the paces as the 2014 Vancouver Canucks Prospects Development Camp gets underway on Monday.

Players will go through on-ice workouts, off-ice workouts, run the Grouse Grind, learn to cook, and maybe do a little yoga here and there.

There are a lot of new names on the roster this year, so went to work, breaking the roster down for your viewing pleasure:

-Thirty-five players will be attending the camp: 17 forwards, 13 defenceman and five goalies.

-Of the 35 players at camp, 19 of them are drafted or signed by the Canucks.

-Of the 19 players that are drafted or signed by the Canucks, 10 of them attending camp in 2013.

-Matthew Beattie, Brendan Gaunce, Ben Hutton (pictured right), and Evan McEneny are all on their third trip to the camp.

-Michael Zalewski is the lone prospect with NHL experience, having played two games with the Canucks last season.

-Four different countries will be represented as 26 players call Canada home, six hail from the United States, two from Sweden and one from Russia.

-Eleven players are coming from the OHL, 10 players laced them up in the WHL last season, while 10 players also played in the NCAA last year.

-Invitee Daniel Ciampini (Nov. 25, 1990) is the oldest player in camp at 23-years-old, while Jake Virtanen (Aug. 17, 1996) is the youngest at 17-years-old.

-Seven players stand 6-foot-3 or taller, with another seven standing at 6-foot-2. Nikita Tryamkin, the Canucks third-round pick this year, is the tallest player at the camp, measuring up at 6-foot-7.

-Fifteen players tip the scale at over 200-pounds. Mackenze Stewart, the Canucks seventh-round pick this year, weighs in at 240-pounds, the most of any player.

-Dane Fox (pictured right) led all camp prospects with 64 goals last season for Erie. Curtis Valk checks in next as he lit the lamp 47 times, followed by Jake Virtanen with 45.

-Fox also had the most points out of any camp participant last season, registering 107. Valk was next with 92, while Bo Horvat rounds out the Top 3 as he had 74.

-Three players had triple-digit penalty minutes last season: Dane Fox (122), Jonathan Martin (105), and Jake Virtanen (100).

-Mackenze Stewart leads the roster in the fighting department, as he dropped the gloves 10 times last season. Invitee Jon Martin is close behind with nine fighting majors under his belt last season, while Josh Thrower had eight.

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