The summer brings sunny days and a golden opportunity for Wisconsin men’s hockey players, as a whopping total of 17 Wisconsin Badgers have received invitations to 13 different NHL development camps. These camps are a crucial stepping stone for players aiming to pursue a professional hockey career, offering valuable on- and off-ice instruction on what it takes to be a successful athlete in the NHL. rom training and nutrition tips to lifestyle advice and understanding the expectations of the professional ranks, these camps provide a comprehensive foundation for the young athletes.
The roster of attendees to the NHL development camps includes a mix of prospects drafted by NHL teams and free agents with dreams of making it to the NHL. Among this list are three talented Badgers who were recently selected in the 2023 NHL draft. Charlie Stramel, picked by the Minnesota Wild 21st overall, William Whitelaw, drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets as the 66th pick, and Brady Cleveland, a defenseman drafted 47th overall for the Detroit Red Wings, have earned their places in these camps.
— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) July 7, 2023
Wisconsin Badgers Hockey Features 17 Total Players
The Badgers are fortunate enough to feature 17 total players that have been invited to development camps this year by various teams. This coming season, the Wisconsin Badgers’ roster is set to feature an impressive 13 NHL draft picks. 11 of these draft picks are geared up to attend the development camps, ready to make the most of this invaluable opportunity. It’s important to note that two players, Quinn Finley and Zach Schulz, who were drafted by the New York Islanders, will not be attending this year’s camp as the Islanders have decided not to host one.
Let’s take a closer look at the Badgers representing Wisconsin hockey at the NHL development camps:
– Carson Bantle (Arizona Coyotes)
– Cruz Lucius (Carolina Hurricanes)
– William Whitelaw (Columbus Blue Jackets)
– Brady Cleveland (Detroit Red Wings)
– Owen Mehlenbacher (Detroit Red Wings)
– Sam Stange (Detroit Red Wings)
– Owen Lindmark (Florida Panthers)
– Charlie Stramel (Minnesota Wild)
– Tyson Dyck (Ottawa Senators)
– Daniel Laatsch (Pittsburgh Penguins)
– Jack Horbach (San Jose Sharks)
– Tyson Jugnauth (Seattle Kracken)
– Matthieu De St. Phalle (Toronto Maple Leafs)
– Christian Fitzgerald (Vancouver Canucks)
– Joe Palodichuk (Vegas Golden Knights)
– David Silye (Vegas Golden Knights)
– Simon Tassy (Washington Capitals)
It’s a step toward the NHL for these players to receive invitations to these camps. Wisconsin hockey’s future looks incredibly bright as these young athletes seize this opportunity to learn, grow, and showcase their skills. The Badgers are celebrating their 75th season of hockey this year, and they’ll look to get back to their winning ways under new head coach Mike Hastings.