Thrashers' young talent rolls into Duluth

DULUTH - All nine of the Atlanta Thrashers' 2009 draftees are scheduled to be at this week's annual prospect development camp, including top pick Evander Kane.

The camp begins today and runs through Wednesday with many opportunities for fans to watch all the up-and-coming talent at the Ice Forum in Duluth. All on-ice sessions are free and open to the public.

Kane, selected fourth overall, will be joined by fellow '09 picks Carl Klingberg, Jeremy Morin, Edward Pasquale, Ben Chiarot, Cody Sol, Jimmy Bubnick, Levko Koper and Jordan Samuels-Thomas. In all, 33 players were invited to the camp. In addition to the newest horses in Atlanta's stable will be Angelo Esposito, a first-round selection in 2007, and the Thrashers' top pick from a year ago, Daultan Leveille.

Also on the roster are a pair of defensemen that played for Atlanta's ECHL affiliate, the Gwinnett Gladiators, last season. Mike Looby came to Gwinnett in a trade with Dayton at midseason and Drew Paris was picked up in time for the playoffs. Paris got a taste of the pro level coming out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last year. He played for Rochester of the AHL and Florida before being released by the Everblades and signed by Gwinnett.

Dan Marr, the Thrashers director of amateur scouting and player development, will oversee the camp. Don Granato, the head coach of Atlanta's AHL affiliate in Chicago, will run practices with his assistant coaches Wendell Young and Jason Christie. Thrashers' strength and conditioning coach Ray Bear will conduct off-ice training and Wolves skills coach Kenny McCudden will direct all power skating sessions.


The Atlanta Thrashers invited 33 players to their annual prospect development camp. On-ice sessions at the Ice Forum in Duluth are free and open to the public.

· Today: 3-5 p.m.

· Saturday: 9-11 a.m., 2:30-5 p.m.

· Sunday: 9-11 a.m., 3-4:40 p.m.

· Monday: 2:45-5 p.m.

· Tuesday: 9 a.m.-noon

· Wednesday: 9 a.m.-noon, 3-5 p.m.