Eight Cougars Off To NHL Camps
Prince George, B.C. – Heading into the final weekend of the WHL preseason the Prince George Cougars will be without eight of their regulars from a season ago. That’s because, for the first time in 15-plus years, the Cougars will have eight players attending NHL Training Camps!
The following players are attending NHL Camps:
#12 Jansen Harkins (Winnipeg Jets): Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Harkins is heading into his second Training Camp with the Jets. Last season he appeared in six games with the Manitoba Moose and recorded a goal, two assists and was a +1. In 209 career games with the Cougars, Harkins has 54 goals, 116 assists and 116 penalty minutes. He’s 70 points shy of surpassing Chase Witala for the all-time franchise scoring lead (Currently ranked 11th). He was selected second overall by the Cougars in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
#13 Jesse Gabrielle (Boston Bruins): Drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Gabrielle is back with the Bruins for his second ever NHL Training Camp. In 72 games last season with the Cougars, Gabrielle finished tied for the team lead in goals (40) and finished second in points (75). He appeared in three games with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season. He’s the youngest Prince George Cougar to ever reach the 40 goal mark. He was acquired by the Cougars in an August, 2015 trade with the Regina Pats.
#9 Brad Morrison (New York Rangers): Drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Morrison is getting his second crack at an NHL Training Camp. Last season he set new career highs for goals (28) and points (62) and finished third in team scoring. He was selected seventh overall by the Cougars in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and currently sits 23rd all-time in franchise scoring.
#2 Sam Ruopp (Columbus Blue Jackets): Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Ruopp is heading into his second NHL Training Camp. The two-time reigning Top Defensive Player of the Year winner for the Cougars is coming off a season where he netted four goals and 21 assists for 25 points along with 100 penalty minutes and a team-high +23 rating. He was originally selected by the Cougars in the fourth round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
#25 Tate Olson (Vancouver Canucks): Selected by the Canucks in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Olson is also heading to his second NHL Training Camp. Last season Olson set new career highs for goals (nine) and points (47) which led all Cougars defencemen. He was a +16 rating and is currently ranked eight all-time in scoring among Cougars defencemen.
#28 Josh Anderson (Colorado Avalanche): Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Anderson will be attending his first NHL Training Camp. Last season in just 39 games, he registered a goal, five assists and 86 penalty minutes. He was selected by the Prince George Cougars third overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
#15 Brogan O’Brien (Colorado Avalanche): Brogan O’Brien finished fourth in WHL rookie scoring last season with 18 goals and 56 points. He attended the Colorado Avalanche Summer Development Camp and performed well enough to receive an invite to attend his first ever fall Training Camp. He was acquired by the Cougars in January, 2015 in a deadline deal with the Kelowna Rockets.
#26 Kody McDonald (New York Islanders): Kody McDonald is coming off a season where he set new career highs in goals (15), points (29) and penalty minutes (137). This summer he attended Montreal Canadiens Summer Development Camp and is now primed to attend his first ever NHL Training Camp with the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the Cougars early in the second round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Prince George Cougars want to wish the very best of luck to all eight of our players who are attending NHL Training Camps.