by Arch Ecker
NHL teams have been holding “Prospect Camps” in July in the wake of the recent NHL Entry Draft, and alumni of the Wenatchee Wild have been invited to participate.
Chase Perry played for Wenatchee in the 2013-14 season, was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2014 (Rd. 5, #136 overall) and played a season at Colorado College before returning to play one more year with the Wild last season. He put up a record of 38-28-2-4 for the Wild, with a career 2.49 GAA and .898 save percentage. He is skating in the Red Wings Prospect camp this weekend.
Alex Schoenborn played for Wenatchee in the 2012-13 season, then moved on to play three seasons with Portland in the WHL. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2014 (Rd.3, #72 overall), and he’s on the ice at SAP Center in San Jose this weekend for the Sharks Prospect Camp.
Christian Hilbrich spent the 2009-10 season in Wenatchee, played 2 years in the USHL and then four years at Cornell University where he was named captain in his senior year. He recently signed a pro contract with the AHL Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins and was on the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Camp just prior to the July 4 holiday.
Landon Smith had a stint with the Wild in 2010-11, then played two seasons in the USHL before joining Salmon Arm in the BCHL where he was named league MVP in addition to being the league’s top scorer in 2013-14. Heading into his junior year at Quinnipiac, Smith was included in the Anaheim Ducks Prospect Camp earlier this month.
Last season, Nic Dowd became the first Wild alumni to skate in an NHL game, when he played for the Los Angeles Kings on March 22, 2016. His ascent to the NHL paves a path that all Wild players aspire to follow, as player development remains the cornerstone of the Wenatchee Wild’s culture.