I spoke with Rangers' coach/GM Steve Spott yesterday about the upcoming camp.
He said he was excited to see the 40 plus skaters coming to Sportsworld for the spring fling beginning Friday.
It'll be the first chance fans get to see new draft picks Matt Schmalz and Darby Llewellyn, among others.
Besides on-ice evaluations, Spott said the camp gives the club a chance to show the Rangers' philosophy - education, training, tradition etc ... - to future players and their parents.
Spott, again, reiterated that players such as Josh Sterk and Brent Pedersen are going to have to bring more next season. Pedersen and sophomore d-man Jared Gilbert will take part in the camp.
Others such as Brandon Lesway, Keli Grant, Brett Clampitt, Stephen Midensky, Brandon Francisco, Eric Ming and even Zach Lorentz are also under the gun.
The Rangers will have a ton of bodies back next season and have some talented youngsters in the wings itching for playing time.
Credit Spott for talking tough. Next year is a good year to go for it. The Rangers could have a collection of all-stars back.
Niagara will take a step back and London, while still good, may be dealing with a bit of Memorial Cup hangover. So, the timing is right.