- Kevin Weekes
- Radim Vrbata
- Ron Francis
- Arturs Irbe
- Wally Tatomir
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Camp begins tomorrow and the 'Canes have invited 39 players to participate. JR has invited five goalies to camp. Sounds to me like it's showcase time to set the stage for a possible trade. Nastiuk and Peters played extremely well in last week's Ottawa Senators Rookie tourney. The 'Canes are the only club in Hockey's Future organizational rankings to feature three goalies in the top prospects list.
So who needs young talent in goal? According to Hockey's Future's organizational rankings, the following clubs have a significant weakness in goal: Nashville, LA Anaheim, Minnesota, Florida, Phoenix, NYI, Toronto, and Tampa. I don't think we are talking about immediate impact here, just an investment in the system's playmaking forward pool. The future on defense is getting stronger now with Jack Johnson in the system. If Richmond, Commodore, Hutchinson and Vjota have good camps, the need is probably less pressing on defense. Anaheim has a trifecta of very talented forwards in the system in Gretzlaf, Perry and '05 pick Ryan. The Kings also have a wealth of good young forwards in Brown, '05 pick Kopitar, and Tambellini.
My what a difference a lost season can make. There will be quite a few new faces in Hurricanes camp this year. The only old face I really miss is Danny Markov. Here's a look back at the 2003 camp roster (players who have moved on are in red):
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Answer: Radim Vrbata graced the cover in 2003