The Rookie Faceoff is just one week away, and the six teams attending have released their rosters for the tournament. With plenty of the NHL’s top prospects attending, it’s an event that you won’t want to miss as we head back into hockey season. If you don’t have your passes yet, make sure you get them here before it’s too late!
The 2022 Rookie Faceoff is right around the corner!
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Of course, we can’t talk about how the top prospects will be in town without breaking down the rosters a bit, so here’s a look at who all is on their way to San Jose.
San Jose Sharks
Thomas Bordeleau and William Eklund lead the group of San Jose Sharks prospects expected at next weekend’s Rookie Faceoff, however, Brandon Coe, Tristen Robins, Ozzy Wiesblatt, and Jake Furlong will be looking to show everybody they can keep up with the Pacific Division’s top prospects. It will also be the first time Sharks fans will see Eetu Makiniemi since he was acquired in the trade that saw Brent Burns sent to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Dillon Hamaliuk makes his return to San Jose after being absent from July’s development camp. Forwards Braeden Bowman, Josh Lawrence, and Mark Liwiski, and defensemen Samuel Mayer and Mitchell Smith are all taking part in the Rookie Faceoff on tryouts, looking to follow in the footsteps of Nick Cicek and Montana Onyebuchi. Both Cicek and Onyebuchi participated in Sharks camps on tryouts just one year ago and have signed contracts with the Sharks and Barracuda following last year’s camps.
Fresh off of their gold medal performance with Team Canada at the 2022 World Juniors in August, forward Mason McTavish and defenseman Olen Zellweger highlight the Ducks roster heading to San Jose next weekend.
Anaheim’s 2022 second-round selection Pavel Mintyukov will also be drawing some eyes during the event while 2020 and 2021 first-round picks Jacob Perreault and Brayden Tracey will be looking to show what they can do as well.
Dylan Guenther and Conor Geekie top the roster for the Coyotes. The team’s first-round selections in 2021 and 2022 respectively, the pair have plenty to offer fans next weekend.
Of all of the teams attending the Rookie Faceoff, the Coyotes have the highest number of players invited on tryouts with 14, including brothers Keaton and Logan Dowhaniuk. Also attending for the Coyotes is 2021 free agent signing, and San Jose Sharks goaltending prospect Ben Gaudreau’s partner in net for the Sarnia Sting, Anson Thornton.
2021 first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche Oskar Olausson is the only first or second-round pick on the roster for Colorado, however, that doesn’t mean they don’t have names to watch for. With 12 undrafted and unsigned players invited, Colorado is hoping to find some hidden gems and have quite the group to choose from. WIth the likes of Gabe Klassen, Cole Nagy, and Austin Roest on their roster, the reigning Stanley Cup champions still have a group to play among the best in the Pacific Division.
Los Angeles Kings
Quinton Byfield, Akil Thomas, and Alex Turcotte are names well known to most who have been preparing for the next wave of LA Kings, and they’ll be ready to put on a show at the Rookie Faceoff.
Other Kings’ draft picks to keep an eye on throughout the weekend are Martin Chromiak, Samuel Helenius, Brandt Clark, and Jordan Spence while invited players like Bennet Rossmy and James Stefan may also be ones to watch as they look to earn contracts and a spot in the Kings organization.
Vegas Golden Knights
While Brendan Brisson has been a name brought up with some regularity when discussing the future of the Golden Knights, fellow first-round selection Zach Dean will be looking to show his stuff next weekend.
Guys like Matyas Sapovaliv, Jordan Gustafson, and Lukas Cormier will also be looking to establish themselves within the organization, starting with strong showings at the Rookie Faceoff.
In a bit of a twist, the one-two punch may actually come in net, with both Isaiah Saville and Jesper Vikman attending.
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