I was only able to attend 1 day (Yesterday) of Cedar Rapids camp, but here are a few players that jumped out to me who were not returners.
Brendan Gysbers (Free Agent) Shreveport NAHL. Solid 2 way Defenseman with good size (6'1 190) Not flashy by any means but a good defender and gets pucks on net. Played for new Associate Head Coach Francis Anzalone last year. Was a late addition to the camp.
Connor Murphy (Draft Pick) Goalie Springfield Pics (USPHL) Big goalie 6'4 who is a butterfly goalie. Tracks the puck well and has the athleticism to go post to post, Assuming CR brings 3 goalies into fall camp, I expect him to be one
Austin Park (Draft Pick) Goalie Minot NAHL. A bit undersized but technically sound goalie. Moves very well and tracked the puck through screens really well. I would expect him to be on the 30 man roster
Brian Chambers (Free Agent) Boston Advantage U18 Speedy winger who twice intercepted a pass at the blue line and races in for a breakaway goal. Dont know if he will make the team but damn his speed impressed me.
John Roberts ( Free Agent) Shreveport (NAHL) Small but very athletic goalie. The kids compete level is top notch. He sprawled out and made a few jaw dropping saves. Would guess he is 1 of 3 goalies in the running for a spot this year
Spencer Denbeste (Draft Pick) Springfield NAHL. Good size LW who has nose for the open areas of the offensive zone. Good compete level. 8 pts in 12 games after call up to NAHL. Left handed shot.
Graham Slaggert ( Draft Pick) NTDP U18- One of the if not the best forward on the ice. Spilt the 2 games I saw between Center and LW. Kid can fly and effortless skater. Nice goal on a 2 on 1 down the left wing and fired low blocker. Heavy and Accurate shot. Father is Associate Head coach of Notre Dame where Graham is committed
Neil Shea (Draft Pick) Lawrence Academy Northeastern Recruit. One of my favorite forwards in camp. Great vision on the ice and is a pass 1st kid. Left Handed shot who played a gritty sandpaper style game. Power Forward type with good size (6’1 185) Brothers have played DI and Major Junior Hockey
Will Zmolek (Draft Pick) Minnesota Wilderness Brother of last year’s Captain Riese. Good size 6’3 200. Shutdown type defenseman . Decent skater
Cal Dybicz (Affiliate) Milwaukee Jr Admirals I said last year that he might have been the steal of the Phase I draft. Cedar Rapids got him with a 10th round pick. The kid is smooth and very confident with the puck. Very good skater who makes good outlet passes. Only a 2000 but I have him making the roster in my head. Only knock I see is he needs to get stronger.
Jordan Tonelli (Affiliate) Taft Prep School Has made nice improvements since last year. Good skater and a strong kid. Son of former NHL John Tonelli. Likes the puck on his stick and makes good zone entry carries. Would guess he remains affiliated and spends another year at Taft, although he was drafted in the NCDC
Jack Millar (Draft Pick) Rocky Mountain Roughriders U16. Big Defenseman 6’4 190 with the frame to support 20 more pounds. Skates really well for a big kid. Makes good decisions with the puck. Sign an NAHL tender. I would expect he spends a year there and joins Cedar Rapids the following year.
Josh Bohlin ( Draft Pick) Wausau West High School. Coming off a great Central Districts camp where he was selected for the Select 17 camp, he continued that play here. Strong kid (6’2 185) Nose for the net where he had 2 goals and a couple assists in the 2 games I saw him play. Bubble kid for me whether he is rostered or affiliated.
Harrison Roy (Affiliate) Loomis Chaffee High Hockey IQ kid who made plays all over the ice. Had 2 goals and an assist in the games I saw. Lanky kid who has the frame to add weight. Maine Commit. Again another bubble kid whether they bring him in or affiliate him for another year.
Grant Silianoff (Draft Pick) Shattuck St Marys Love this kid. You couldn’t tell he was an 01 going against some of the other kids. Good skater, lacks top end speed. Pure goal scorer with a quick release and accurate shot. I would assume taking him 1st overall that he will be in Cedar Rapids this year. Notre Dame Commit.
Mitch Miller (Draft Pick) Honeybaked U16. Made the switch to Defense this year. Miller has huge upside and is very poise with the puck. Looks to jump in the rush when he can and picks his spot well. Looked a bit shell shocked to start but settled in nicely. Miami commit
Derek Mullahy (Draft Pick) Goalie from Shattuck St Marys. I think he is the goalie of the future for the Riders. Big kid 6’1 who moves well. Another kid whose play was well beyond his years. Will go to Dexter Prep next year.