Thirteen Wolverines attend NHL Development Camps

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 8:29pm

Defenseman Luke Martin was one of the 13 Michigan hockey players attending NHL Development Camps over the past two weeks.

Defenseman Luke Martin was one of the 13 Michigan hockey players attending NHL Development Camps over the past two weeks. Buy this photo
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From June 25 to July 12, 13 members of the Michigan hockey team attended 11 different NHL Development Camps.

The camps are typically week-long events intended to simulate an actual NHL training camp for prospects, allowing them to gain valuable experience for a potential professional career in the future.

Defenseman Luke Martin and goaltender Jack LaFontaine both participated in the Carolina Hurricanes’ development camp. Martin, drafted 52nd overall by the Hurricanes in this year’s NHL Draft, led the Wolverines last season with 76 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating while appearing in all 35 games as a freshman. LaFontaine, also a freshman last season and drafted by the Hurricanes 75th overall in 2016, was part of a three-man rotation at goaltender for Michigan, tallying a 1-7-1 record and a .911 save percentage.

The Philadelphia Flyers also had two Wolverines at their development camp — forwards Cooper Marody and Brendan Warren. Marody, a sixth-round pick of the Flyers in 2015, played in just 18 games as a sophomore after missing the first half of the season with a suspension, but still finished fifth on the team with 15 points. Warren, whose draft rights were traded to Philadelphia from the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL Draft on June 24, was one of three players to appear in all 35 of Michigan’s games in 2017, totalling three goals and seven assists.

Sophomore forward Nick Pastujov and his younger brother, Michael, were both invited to development camps, as well — Nick with the New York Islanders and Michael with the Detroit Red Wings. Michael, a product of the United States National Development Team Program, will suit up for the Wolverines as a freshman forward next season.

Incoming center Josh Norris, a teammate of Pastujov’s on the National Development Team, attended camp with the San Jose Sharks, who selected him 17th overall in the NHL Draft. Norris was second on the USNDTP in scoring last season with 26 points in 25 contests.

Forward Will Lockwood, who was named Michigan’s Most Valuable Player as a freshman in 2017, attended the Vancouver Canucks’ development camp after a season in which he tallied eight goals and 12 assists. The Canucks selected Lockwood 64th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Rising junior Joseph Cecconi took part in camp with the Dallas Stars. Cecconi, the recipient of the Vic Heyliger award as the Wolverines’ most outstanding defender, scored eight points this season on one goal and seven assists.

Michigan’s leader in points this season, forward Jake Slaker, attended the first-ever development camp of the Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team set to begin play this season. In his first year in Ann Arbor, Slaker scored seven points and added 14 assists.

Goaltender Hayden Lavigne competed with fellow freshman LaFontaine for playing time in the crease this past season, going 6-6-1 with an average of 2.92 goals allowed per game. Lavigne attended camp with the Ottawa Senators this summer.

Defenseman Nicholas Boka attended the Minnesota Wild’s development camp last week. As a sophomore in 2016-2017, Boka competed in 34 games, recording four points.

The New York Rangers invited defenseman Griffin Luce to their camp. During his freshman season, Luce scored one goal and two assists in 27 games for the Wolverines.