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USPHL Sees Nearly 50 Alumni Compete At NHL Development Camps, More Than Half From NCDC

By Joshua Boyd / USPHLNCDC.com 


A full survey of NHL teams’ Development Camp rosters showed that 47 former United States Premier Hockey League players competed at the camps, held to introduce prospects to the teams that have newly drafted them and re-evaluate past draft picks as well as newly invited free agents.

Despite a league history of just 10 years, the still young USPHL has been growing its profile as a feeder for National Hockey League teams, with 49 players having been drafted out of the USPHL since its 2013-14 inaugural season. No less than 14 players that skated in the NCDC have been drafted from among that number, including a North American Tier II record of three drafted directly from the NCDC in the 2021 Entry Draft. 


Some additional points of interest about the list:

  • The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals each had four USPHL alumni at their Development Camps, while the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights and the Vancouver Canucks were just behind with three alumni. 
  • Out of the 47 former USPHL players listed, 24 are NHL Entry Draft selections by their teams, including the most recent being former Rockets Hockey Club 16U player Nicholas VanTassell, selected by the Ottawa Senators in Round 7 of the 2023 Draft. 
  • Six of the 47 are players who signed contracts as free agents with their NHL organizations, a list topped by former Boston Junior Bruins goaltender and Dineen Cup Champion Yaniv Perets. This is the same Yaniv Perets who helped Quinnipiac University to their first NCAA Division I National Championship this past spring and was a two-time Hobey Baker Finalist. He signed with the Carolina Hurricanes shortly after the NCAA championship game. 
  • Eighteen of the 47 players were Development Camp Invites, or players that the NHL teams might potentially sign as a free agent in the future. This group includes nine former NCDC players, among these being past Dineen Cup Champions Justin Pearson (Islanders Hockey Club, 2018), Luke Rowe and Mike Brown (Boston Junior Bruins (2019) and Liam McLinskey (Jersey HItmen, 2021). 
  • Two recent USPHL Premier players earned Development Camp roster spots. Former Chicago Cougar Mats Lindgren (2020-21) was a 2022 Draft Pick of the Buffalo Sabres. Lindgren also volunteered to be mic’d up during the Sabres’ Camp. Additionally, former Elmira Jr. Enforcer Jack Rogers (2020-21), currently with St. Cloud State University, earned an invite to the Washington Capitals Development Camp.  
NHL Team Player First Name Player Last Name USPHL Organization Level Draft/Free Agent/Invite
Anaheim Ducks Ian Moore Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Draft
Anaheim Ducks Sam Colangelo Boston Junior Bruins 16U Draft
Arizona Coyotes Sam Lipkin Rockets Hockey Club NCDC Draft
Buffalo Sabres Mats Lindgren Chicago Cougars PRE Draft
Buffalo Sabres T.J. Semptimphelter Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Invite
Calgary Flames Arseni Sergeyev Rockets Hockey Club NCDC Draft
Calgary Flames Connor Murphy Jersey Hitmen NCDC Free Agent
Carolina Hurricanes Domenick Fensore P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 16U Draft
Carolina Hurricanes Yaniv Perets Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Free Agent
Chicago Blackhawks Dominic Basse South Kent Selects Academy 18U Draft
Colorado Avalanche Owen Allard Northwood School 18U Invite
Columbus Blue Jackets James Fisher Boston Junior Bruins 16U Draft
Columbus Blue Jackets Justin Pearson Islanders Hockey Club NCDC Invite
Detroit Red Wings Liam McLinskey Jersey Hitmen NCDC Invite
Edmonton Oilers Shane LaChance Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Draft
Edmonton Oilers Mike Brown Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Invite
Florida Panthers Tyler Muszelik Rockets Hockey Club 16U Draft
Florida Panthers Evan Nause Newbridge Academy 18U Draft
Florida Panthers Skyler Brind’Amour South Kent Selects Academy 18U Free Agent
Florida Panthers Luis Lindner Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Invite
Los Angeles Kings Braden Doyle Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Draft
Los Angeles Kings Ben Steeves New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 16U Invite
Minnesota Wild Ryan Healey Boston Advantage 16U Draft
Minnesota Wild Nate Benoit Northern Cyclones 16U Draft
Nashville Predators Gunnarwolfe Fontaine Providence Capitals 16U Draft
Nashville Predators Collin Graf Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Invite
New Jersey Devils Brendan Fitzgerald Islanders Hockey Club 16U Invite
New Jersey Devils Luke Rowe Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Invite
Ottawa Senators Nicholas VanTassell Rockets Hockey Club 16U Draft
Philadelphia Flyers Hunter McDonald Rochester Monarchs NCDC Draft
Philadelphia Flyers Matt Brown Rockets Hockey Club 18U Invite
San Jose Sharks Cam Lund Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Draft
San Jose Sharks Danny Weight P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 16U Invite
Seattle Kraken David Goyette P.A.L. Jr. Islanders NCDC Draft
Seattle Kraken Ryan Bottrill South Shore Kings NCDC Invite
Tampa Bay Juniors Tristan Allard Northwood School 18U Free Agent
Vancouver Canucks Jackson Dorrington Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Draft
Vancouver Canucks Christian Felton Skipjacks Hockey Club 16U Invite
Vancouver Canucks Joseph Dunlap Manchester Monarchs 16U Invite
Vegas Golden Knights Cameron Whitehead Utica Jr. Comets NCDC Draft
Vegas Golden Knights Joe Fleming Northern Cyclones NCDC Free Agent
Vegas Golden Knights Ian Carpentier Boston Junior Bruins NCDC Invite
Washington Capitals Mitchell Gibson Team Comcast 16U Draft
Washington Capitals Chase Clark Jersey Hitmen NCDC Draft
Washington Capitals Simon Tassy Newbridge Academy 18U Invite
Washington Capitals Jack Rogers Elmira Jr. Enforcers PRE Invite
Winnipeg Jets Parker Ford South Kent Selects Academy 16U Free Agent

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