They came, they saw, they played hockey. This weekend is the Drumheller Dragons Prospect Showcase Weekend at the Memorial Arena. As in previous years, kids from across the Canada and the U.S. were invited to show off their skills for a chance at a spot on the 2018-19 Drumheller Dragons roster.
Head Scout Scott Martin pointed out that this year's format was different from what was done in previous years.
"It's a total different camp from what we've ever done," he revealed. "We went to a top-40. Normally we brought in 140, and now we've trimmed 100 players and brought in our top 40 that, we think, are available to us."
Despite culling down the number of participants, Martin stated that the arena was still filled with a lot of talent. He called Andrew Harrington a goalie to watch in the future and has only positive things to say about local talent.
"We've got Boutin and Schrock -- they opened our eyes as well. Three Hills did wonders this year as well."
Martin admitted that the showcase isn't only about filling holes in the roster from players who have left the AJHL.
"I think, overall, we had a successful season. I just think that we need to up our skill level a little bit and that's what this camp is all about."
The showcase runs Apr. 6-8 at the Memorial Arena and is open to the public. A complete schedule can be found here.