Now that the NHL Entry Draft is over, each team in the league is holding their development camps, in which prospects under contract and free agents alike can be evaluated against their peers.
This year, six incoming and current UConn men’s hockey players are in camp with the teams that hold their NHL rights in addition to three former Huskies.
Two incoming freshmen are in camp with Nashville in Jachym Kondelik and Tomas Vomacka. Kondelik was selected in the fourth round, 111th overall in last week’s draft and Vomacka was a fifth-round selection in 2017.
Kale Howarth, who will also head to Storrs for his freshman year in the fall, is spending the last week of June in Columbus with the Blue Jackets. Howarth was picked six players before Vomacka last year.
Next year’s captain Miles Gendron was picked by the Ottawa Senators with the No. 70 overall pick in 2014 and will begin his senior season in 2018.
Fellow blue-liner Philip Nyberg, who was a fifth-round selection in 2016, is headed to Buffalo and his goaltender, Adam Huska, is going to be spending time with the New York Rangers.
Maxim Letunov, who left the team after his junior season to sign with the San Jose Sharks, will be in camp, as will is former classmate Jospeh Masonius, who inked his deal with Pittsburgh after being drafted in 2016.
David Drake, who graduated in May, was selected by the Flyers and will return to their development camp.
In addition to these nine, former captain Derek Pratt signed a contract with the ECHL’s Maine Mariners, an affiliate of the Rangers.