"It's always a difficult process for any coaching staff to select a team and make cuts. Inevitably, you're going to let guys go who are USHL-caliber players " adds Simon. "It isn't an exact science, but with our coaching and scouting staff evaluating everything on and off the ice, you try to get the best reads on player's talents and character and make the best judgment from there."
The make-up of the prospective players varies greatly as it includes a number of team veterans, those players selected in April's Future's Draft and the May Entry Draft, and also coaches' invites. The Buccaneers likely won't select their final roster this week as that will come during training camp in September but the composition of the team is built this week.
Scouts Sniffing Around
The USHL is known as a league heavily scouted by NCAA programs and is gaining increasing interest from the National Hockey League as evident by the growing number of alumni. It shouldn't come as any surprise that this scouting actually begins at various member clubs tryout camps as these sessions are monitored by a number of collegiate programs and professional teams looking to get a "sneak-peek" at either players they've heard about, or in some cases learn about a player for the first time.
A player won't get a NHL signing bonus or a scholarship offer on what they do in the tryout camp setting on its own, but it's an opportunity to not only impress the Bucs' coaches but to get on the radar of those at the higher levels as well.
"Having a good camp gets you noticed and its usually based on how good your camp is that schools will be at the Fall Classic in September to really focus in on the guys they saw over the summer" says Simon
Tryout Week Schedule
Monday: Goaltender Camp 5:00pm-10pm
Tuesday: Goaltender Camp 8am-12pm & 5pm-9pm
Wednesday: Goaltender Camp 8am-12pm & 3pm-7pm
Thursday: 6pm Red vs. White
8pm Blue vs. Green
9:45pm Grey open ice
Friday: 9am Green vs. Red
11am White vs. Grey
1pm Red vs. Blue
6pm Grey vs. Green
8pm Blue vs. White
Saturday: 8:30am Blue vs. Grey
10:30am Green vs. White
12:30pm Black vs. Red
7pm All-Star Game #1
Sunday: 10am All-Star Game #2
Fans are welcome to attend any and all sessions at no charge with refreshments available during evening sessions (Thursday and Friday) and All-Star Games.
The Des Moines Buccaneers will be playing their 32nd consecutive season in the United States Hockey League beginning in the Fall of 2011. Since 1980, the Buccaneers have produced hundreds of NCAA Division I players and dozens of professional alumni. Season Ticket Packages and Corporate Partnership information for the 2011-2012 season is available by calling (515) 278-2827.
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