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Blazers short two veterans to open camp

Larionov Jr. expected to join Blades
By Gregg Drinnan
August 25, 2015 8:56 P.M.


F Oleg Saprykin (Seattle, 1998-2000) signed a one-year, one-way contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (Russia, KHL). Last season, he had three goals in 15 games with Sochi (Russia, KHL).
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The Kamloops Blazers will open training camp on Friday without two veterans. D Marc McNulty, 20, has a foot injury, while F Quinn Benjafield, 17, underwent an appendectomy earlier this month. Both are expected to return at some point during the exhibition season. . . . McNulty, who suffered a hairline fracture in one foot during off-season training, knows that this is an important season for him. He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round of the NHL’s 2013 draft. However, he didn’t have an especially good season in 2014-15 and the Red Wings chose not to sign him. Still, that doesn’t mean they have lost interest in him. There’s more on that story right here.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings held a pre-training camp news conference on Tuesday, some of which dealt with their import situation. When they open training camp on Sept. 2, they expect to have Latvian F Rihards Bukarts and Russian D Ivan Provorov, both veterans, in camp, along with Austrian F Dario Winkler, who was selected in the CHL’s 2015 import draft. Brandon also took Swedish D Oliver Kylington in the import draft, but he is to open in the Calgary Flames’ camp. The Flames selected Kylington in the second round of June’s NHL draft. . . . Provorov will leave Brandon’s camp to join the Philadelphia Flyers. He has signed with the Flyers, but if he doesn’t make their roster, he will return to the Wheat Kings. . . . Bukarts, who will attend the Edmonton Oilers’ prospects camp, is a two-spotter — a 20-year-old import. . . . The Wheat Kings also revealed that they had sold 2,010 season tickets, as of Tuesday morning, putting them about 100 ahead of where they were a year ago. When the 2014-15 season began, Brandon had 2,400 season-ticket holders. Last season, Brandon’s average regular-season attendance was 3,895.
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G Mack Shields is expected to be in camp with the Prince George Cougars. Shields, 20, spent the past three seasons with the Calgary Hitmen, who seem comfortable with Brendan Burke, 20, as their No. 1 goaltender. He was acquired last season from the Portland Winterhawks. . . . Shields was a fourth-round pick by the Hitmen in the 2010 bantam draft. In Prince George, Shields will battled with D Joe Carvalho, F Aaron Macklin and F Chase Witala for a 20-year-old spot. . . . The Cougars finish last season with three goaltenders on their roster — Ty Edmonds and Patrick Gora both are 19, while Tavin Grant is 17.
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F Igor Larionov Jr., who turned 17 on Monday, is expected to join the Saskatoon Blades when they open the Young Stars portion of their training camp on Thursday. Yes, he is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Igor Larionov, who now is a player agent. The Larionov family used to live in Detroit, which is OHL territory, but has relocated to San Jose, which is WHL country. Thus, Igor Jr., who is a U.S. citizen, is eligible to skate with the Blades. . . . According to a news release from the Blades, they were able to claim him on WHL waivers and then invited him to camp. . . . Larionov played last season with the U18 Detroit Honeybaked team. He had four points, including three goals, in 10 games.
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Three days before they open training camp, the Medicine Hat Tigers have  a temporary agreement that will allow them to use the city’s new facility, the Canalta Centre, while a 20-year lease is finalized. The Tigers and SMG Canada, which manages the centre, had reached a memorandum of understanding in June. Collin Gallant of the Medicine Hat News has more right here.
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The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed D Ethan Cap and D Jayden Platz, their first two selections in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. Both will be attending the Oil Kings’ training camp that opens Thursday in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. . . . Cap was the 11th overall selection. From North Vancouver, the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder had 53 points in 73 games with the North Shore Winter Club’s bantam AAA team last season. . . . Platz, from St. Albert, Alta., was taken in the second round. The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder had 15 points in 23 games with the bantam AAA St. Albert Sabres last season.
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The Prince Albert Raiders have signed D Vojtech Budik, 17, who is from Pardubice, Czech Republic. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was selected in the CHL’s 2015 import draft. From the Raiders’ news release: Budik “played the 2014-15 season split between HC Pardubice’s Under-18 and Under-20 teams. With the U-18s, Budik scored three goals and added nine assists in 12 games. At the U-20 level, he recorded five assists in 19 games.” . . . The Raiders’ roster also includes sophomore F Simon Stransky, who is from Ostrava, Czech Republic.
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