A cast of four Falcon icers spent time at NHL Development camps around the league this week.
Forward Mark Cooper was invited to the Detroit Red Wings camp. The Toronto, Ontario native racked up 14 goals and 10 assists during the 2013-2014 season. Cooper will be entering the 2014-2015 campaign as a junior. He received a bit of Twitter love from teammates thanks to a smooth shoot out move posted online:
Junior defenseman Ralfs Freibergs accepted an invite to the Winnipeg Jets camp and was lauded for his hands and skating ability. The Latvian blueliner assisted on 19 goals for the Falcons this season and could be an early favorite in the awards race in the WCHA this season.
Incoming forward Jakob Reichert received a call from the San Jose Sharks and traveled west for their development camp. The former Langley Riverman will enroll at BGSU in the fall after tallying 20 goals this past season for Langley. Reichert joined former Falcon Ryan Carpenter, who signed with the Sharks organization after the Falcon’s season ended in March, at the camp.
The final Falcon who played in a development camp is the only player who’s rights are actually owned by a team. Mark Friedman was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers during last month’s NHL Draft and reported to their camp. The Toronto native is the Falcon’s first draft pick since Jordan Samuels-Thomas last played for the Falcons during the 2010-2011 season.