The Barber Poles are still a couple of weeks away from kicking off the regular season, and while the team has no preseason games until September 24th, the players will be keeping busy, with some heading to their respective NHL rookie camps this week.
Five members of the 67’s are headed off to rookie camps, including Jack Beck, Jack Matier, Tyler Boucher, Vinzenz Rohrer, and Brady Stonehouse.
Beck, who is entering his third season with the 67’s, is heading to Calgary to participate in Flames camp for the second time. He was drafted in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft by the Flames, and is coming off a season where he scored 22 goals and added another 22 assists with the Barber Poles in 2021-22.
In the playoffs last season, Beck scored three goals and assisted on one other, scoring four points in the 67’s four games. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native is yet to register a point through two preseason games.
Matier, who was also selected in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft (fourth round, 124th overall), is once again off to Nashville Predators rookie camp. The six-foot-four defenceman has become known for his stout play in his own end, but added an element of offence to his game in 2021-22, scoring his first nine goals in the OHL, including a two-goal performance in October against the Oshawa Generals.
The Sault Ste. Marie native picked up 20 more assists, but played a key role anchoring the 67’s back end. Wearing a letter, Matier was also a critical member of the Barber Poles’ leadership group, and continued his high level of performance into the playoffs, scoring four points in four games.
There was one more member of the 67’s taken in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, however, and there’s a little bit of an Ottawa flair about it. The Ottawa Senators used the 10th overall pick to select Boucher, who reported to the 67’s late last season. In his 24 games of OHL experience, Boucher potted seven goals, while assisting on seven more, finishing his first campaign scoring nearly 0.6 points per game.
Boucher made an immediate impact on his new team, both offensively, and with the physical side of his game. He became one of the respected leaders in the locker room, despite his short tenure with the Barber Poles. In the playoffs, his production continued, scoring two points in four games.
In the most recent NHL Draft, Rohrer was the only member of the 67’s selected, going 75th overall to the Montreal Canadiens. Rohrer had a breakout season in 2021-22, scoring 25 goals, and 48 points in 64 games, both team-highs. The Feldkirch, Austria native, unfortunately, won’t be participating with the Habs, due to injury.
Stonehouse, who went undrafted in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, has already participated in a Colorado Avalanche development camp this past summer, and has been given an invite to their rookie camp for a second look. Known for getting under the skin of the opposition, Stonehouse showed his offensive abilities in his rookie season, scoring 18 goals and 35 points in his 68 games. Last season, Stonehouse was the only member of the Barber Poles to suit up in all 68 games.
The next 67’s preseason game is on September 24th against the North Bay Battalion. The game will be held at Pembroke Memorial Centre at 7 p.m., and tickets can be bought at the arena on game day.