NHL lockout over: Teams turn focus to training camp, season prep

Christian Petersen

With the NHL lockout finally coming to an end, NHL teams will need to quickly decide whether they wish to extend training camp invitations to signed junior prospects.

With the NHL lockout finally over, fans can finally begin focusing on actual hockey news again and teams can begin getting focused on the game. Of course, with the new CBA still needing to be written up and ratified, some things remain unclear. Like, for example, the start of the season and training camp.

Camps could potentially begin any time from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, an estimate dependent on how many games will ultimately be played and when the CBA will be ratified.

It's still up in the air for the time being how many games will be played in the 2013 season: Either 50, with the season beginning Jan. 15, or 48, with the season beginning Jan. 19.

Aside from figuring out where on the globe their players actually are right now, one of the first decisions teams have to make is whether they wish to extend camp invitations to young prospects.

In the previous collective bargaining agreement, signed junior players could play 10 games with the NHL club without counting against the salary cap. After playing 10 games, the club could either retain the player (in the process, burning a year off their entry-level contract) or send him back to his junior club for the remainder of the year.

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, there are several clubs who have signed junior players who might be entering camp this season with NHL teams. They are as follows:

- The Boston Bruins intend to invite defenseman Dougie Hamilton to camp this year; the 19-year-old was chosen with the No. 9 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft.

- The Toronto Maple Leafs will have defenseman Morgan Reilly in camp; the 18-year-old was chosen with the No. 5 overall selection in the 2012 draft. A decision has yet to be made on whether 19-year-old forward David Broll will be extended an invitation.

- The Winnipeg Jets will invite forward Mark Scheifele to camp; the 19-year-old was chosen with the No. 7 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft.

- The Florida Panthers will invite forward Jonathan Huberdeau to camp; the 19-year-old was taken with the No. 3 overall selection in the 2011 draft.

-The Carolina Hurricanes will invite defenseman Ryan Murphy to camp; the 19-year-old was chosen with the No. 12 overall selection in the 2011 draft.

- The Buffalo Sabres will invite forward Mikhail Grigorenko to camp. The 18-year-old was chosen with the No. 12 overall selection in the 2012 draft.

- The New York Islanders will potentially extend invitations to 19-year-old forward Ryan Strome and 18-year-old defenseman Griffin Reinhart. A final decision has yet to be made.

Some clubs do not intend to invite any junior prospects to camp. those clubs include: the Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals.

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