Another Look at Development

There is a drastic difference between players that play hockey and hockey players.

As yet another Minnesota Wild Development Camp has come and gone, there are so many things that I would like to share that I think skaters can benefit from. What one first must understand is what is an NHL development camp. An NHL development camp (or rookie camp) is usually a week-long camp in the summer in which a specific NHL team invites their draft picks from the past few years along with some skaters that are considered free agents (undrafted). Usually each team has about 40 skaters and four goalies, so they can do skills, drills and scrimmages. The average age for these camps is usually between 18 to 22. We have college skaters, guys that played juniors and major juniors, guys that played in European leagues, even players right out of high school. There are so many countries represented. It is such a cool thing for these players to be a part of.

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