The first rookie skates and scrimmages always test the vision of the fans who are quick to detect which newcomer looks like a player right now.
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Rookie Camp for the Owen Sound Attack opens today which somewhat officially signals the start of the hockey season.
The first rookie skates and scrimmages always test the vision of the fans who are quick to detect which newcomer looks like a player right now and for the long term.
To me, the interesting aspect of the last two Attack Rookie camps is that the best player, in my view, in those sessions barely cracked the lineup.
In 2015, a free agent invite by the name of Greg Smith dominated the proceedings with his speed. DOMINATED.
But Greg Smith played just 16 OHL games and was last seen playing for the Soo Thunderbirds in the Northern Ontario Junior League.
A year later, I thought Luke Beamish was dazzling at the Attack Rookie Camp, smooth and quick capable of moving the puck whenever, however and wherever he wanted.
But there really wasn't a spot for the underage defender and while he suited up for 9 games with the Attack, Beamish spent the bulk of the season at Georgetown in the OJHL.
Two weeks from now, I expect Luke Beamish to be with the Attack and Greg Smith to be found somewhere on hockey db.
What will be more intriguing to see is if the best player over the 2 day Attack rookie camp makes the Attack this year.
I'm Fred Wallace