Otters first round pick Emmett Sproule was among more than 30 players invited to Erie’s annual prospect development camp that began this morning at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The 21st overall pick in this year’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, Sproule is a centerman who played in 33 games with the Grey-Bruce Highlanders this past season.
The young prospect who could play any or all of the forward positions logged 14 goal and 25 points with the Highlanders before the Otters chose him to lead a talented rookie class.
Head coach Kris Knoblauch and the Otters staff split the group of players up into the blue and gold teams who went through drills this morning in preparation for tomorrow’s scrimmage.
Sproule said, “I knew it was gonna be a lot of hitting, you know, everyone wants to make the team so I know there’s gonna be a lot of hitting out there, a lot of battle work so I’ve just gotta get used to that and just keep going forward. Everyone has skill out there, everyone’s small, skillful, they can make the play. Everyone out there has good vision and everything, so it’s like you’re playing with very good teammates out there so it’s great, great adjustments out there.”
The team’s scrimmage featuring team blue vs team gold will be held tomorrow morning from the Mercyhurst Ice Center from 10:00 am to noon and the scrimmage is open to the public if you want to make your way over and see some of the future otters.