Wild see six players take part in NHL camps
The Wenatchee Wild have always been a successful franchise and are known for players moving on to both collegiate ranks and pros. This season, the team saw six players head to NHL camps. General Manager Bliss Littler spoke on how proud the organization is of their current and former players for attending NHL camps. “We are very proud of those players that took part in NHL development camps. It’s fun seeing these guys chasing their dreams of playing in the NHL,” Littler said.
Head coach Chris Clark also touched on how proud the Wild organization is and what it means to him for the six players to attend NHL camps. “Our staff is extremely proud and thrilled for the six guys who got to earned the right to attend NHL camps this summer. All six are not only very talented but have an extreme passion for the game. We look forward to hopefully having that number increase in the next few years as we continue to help our players develop and work for their dreams as collegiate and professional athletes,” Clark said.
Development Camps is a testimony to their years of hard work and dedication to the game. I think it’s also a nice spotlight on the Wild organization showing how focused we are in Wenatchee on player development. We are an organization that takes great pride in the on and off-ice success of our alumni, and we look forward to the next group of Wild players to earn opportunities like this in the future,” Mendelson said.
Current Wild forward, Quinn Emerson took part in the Los Angeles Kings camp. During the 2019-20 BCHL season, Emerson tallied eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 53 regular season games. During the playoffs, he picked up one goal in five games. With the Wild not having been able to take part in the 2020-21 season due to the COVID border closure, Emerson joined the NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas. In 34 regular season games, Emerson collected two goals and three assists for five points. During the playoffs, he had one goal in three games. Emerson is set to return to the Wild for the 2021-22 season.
Member of the 2017-18 Wild team, defenseman, Cooper Zech attended the Philadelphia Flyers camp. Zech picked up 11 goals and 58 assists for 69 points in 58 regular season games, in the playoffs he collected four goals and 19 assists for 23 points in 20 games. After leaving Wenatchee, Zech spent time with Ferris State University picking up eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points in 36 games. Once his college season ended he went on to join the AHL’s Providence Bruins. In 12 regular season games with Providence, Zech picked up four assists before collecting two goals in four playoff games. He returned to Providence the following season grabbing two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 45 games. During the modified COVID season in 2020-21, he was loaned to HK Nitra picking up two goals and eight assists in ten games. After his loan ended, he headed back to Providence and collected one goal and six assists for seven points. For the 2021-22 season, Zech is expected to return for another season with the Providence Bruins.
Former Wild goalie Devin Cooley also took part in the Nashville Predators camp. Cooley was with the Wild for 14 regular season games during the 2016-17 season. He had a 2.45 GAA and .887 save percentage. He saw two playoff games where he had a 5.44 GAA and .828 save percentage. He went on to play three seasons at the University of Denver playing in three games 2017-18 where he had a 2.99 GAA and .929 save percentage. The following season saw him in action for 20 games collecting a 1.85 GAA and .934 save percentage. His third and final season at Denver saw him play in nine games with a 2.08 GAA and .908 save percentage. For the 2020-21 season, he played two games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves where he had a 3.00 GAA and .895 save percentage. He then went down to the ECHL’s Florida Everblades for 22 games collecting a 2.95 GAA and .911 save percentage. He’s set to play this upcoming season with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.
Another member of the 2017-18 Wild team, forward, Lukas Svejkovsky took part in the Pittsburgh Penguins camp. Svejskovsky picked up five goals and six assists for 11 points in 16 regular season games with the Wild. During the playoffs, he had one goal in 18 games. The following season, he joined the WHL’s Vancouver Giants collecting nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 67 regular season games. In the playoffs, he nabbed four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 22 games. He returned to the Giants the following season picking up five goals and five assists for ten points before being dealt to the Medicine Hat Tigers. With the Tigers that season, he collected 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 34 games. He returned to the Tigers the following season in 2020-21 and donned an “A” as an alternate caption. As an alternate captain, Svejskovsky grabbed 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 20 games.
Former Wild forward Jasper Weatherby, who spent two seasons with the Wild from 2016-18 attended the San Jose Sharks camp. During the 2016-17 regular season, Weatherby picked up 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points in 46 games. In the playoffs, he collected two goals and two assists for four points in ten games. The following season, Weatherby tallied 37 goals and 37 assists for 74 points in 58 regular season games. During the playoffs, he grabbed 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points in 20 games. He then went on to the University of North Dakota for three seasons from 2018-2021. During the 2018-19 season, he had three goals and two assists for five points in 36 games. In 2019-20, he nabbed 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points in 35 games. For the 2020-21 season, he donned an “A” as an alternate captain and tallied 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 29 games. For the 2021-22 season, he’s set to join the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda.
Former Wild Defenseman, Avery Winslow attended camp with the defending Stanley Cup champion, Tampa Bay Lightning. During the 2018-19 BCHL season, Winslow picked up two goals and four assists for six points in 35 regular season games. In the playoffs, he nabbed two assists in 16 games. The following season in 2019-20, he joined the OHL’s London Knights, picking up a goal and three assists for four points in 28 games. He was then dealt to the North Bay Battalion, tallying a goal and eight assists for nine points in 12 games. For the 2020-21 season, Winslow joined Islanders Hockey Club in the USPHL’s National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC). During his time with Islanders Hockey Club, he had one assist in four games. Winslow is set to return to the OHL’s North Bay Battalion for the 2021-22 season.