Seven Kelowna Rockets will be attending National Hockey League rookie camps or tournaments beginning Saturday.
Nolan Foote, Kaedan Korczak, Dillon Hamaliuk, Kyle Topping, Leif Mattson, Sean Comrie and Jake Lee have all departed Kelowna to join NHL clubs as they gear up for their first taste of the pros this weekend.
Foote, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 27 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, left Kelowna earlier this week. The 18-year-old had a busy summer.
He signed with the Lightning on June 21 and then lit up the World Junior Summer Showcase with Canada in late July and early August. He lead all Canadian players in points with six (2 goals, 4 assists) in three games.
Foote suited up for 66 games for the Rockets last season, posting 36 goals and 63 points. He led the Rockets in goals and power-play goals (17) and was tied for second for points.
Tampa Bay will play in the NHL Prospect Showcase being held Sept. 7-10 at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee.
The Lightning’s roster also includes Nolan’s older brother and former Rockets captain, Cal. The elder Foote was Tampa’s first-round pick in 2017.
All Tampa games will be streamed live on tampabaylightning.com.
Saturday vs. Nashville
Sunday vs. Carolina
Sept. 10 vs. Washington
The Vegas Golden Knights drafted Korczak No. 41 overall during the second round of 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Korczak played in all 68 games for the Rockets last season. He set career highs in assists (29) and points (33).
The Golden Knights will practice at City National Arena in Las Vegas today before travelling to the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff on the weekend.
Saturday vs. Colorado
Sunday vs. Arizona
Sept. 10 vs. Anaheim
Hamaliuk heard his name called 14 picks after Korczak’s when the San Jose Sharks selected him 55th overall. He will be joined by Lee, who was invited by the Sharks as a free agent.
Hamaliuk and Lee were acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds during the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. Last season, Lee posted a career-best 24 points (3G, 21A) in 67 games. Hamaliuk had 26 points (11G, 15A) in 31 games before it came to an end due to injury.
The Sharks will also compete in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff, but will not play the Golden Knights.
Saturday vs. Arizona
Sunday vs. Anaheim
Sept. 10 vs. Los Angeles
Topping and Mattson were both added to the Carolina Hurricane's roster as free agents for 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase, the same tournament that Tampa Bay and the Foote brothers will play in.
Topping lead the Rockets in assists and points last season, he had 23 goals and 46 assists for 69 points in 68 games.
Mattson set career highs in assists and points last season while tying for second in team scoring. He had 22 goals and 41 assists in 63 games played.
Saturday vs. Washington
Sunday vs. Tampa
Sept. 10 vs. Nashville
The Philadelphia Flyers invited Comrie as a free agent. Kelowna traded for his playing rights from the Brandon Wheat Kings at the WHL bantam draft. He played for the University of Denver last season where he had an assist in 18 games with the Pioneers.
The Flyers will open their rookie camp on Saturday. The five-day camp will consist of three on-ice practice days, an off-ice day and a culminating scrimmage against the New York Islanders on Sept. 11.