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Penn Staters Head to NHL Development Camps

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Plenty of Nittany Lions will stay busy during the summer as they head to NHL Development Camps.

Photo by Heather Weikel

With the Entry Draft complete, it is now time for NHL organizations to evaluate their stock pile of prospects, meaning it’s NHL Development Camp season.

Over the next few weeks, draft picks and unsigned prospects will be invited to show off their skills in the hopes of attracting attention from an organizations higher ups. Penn Staters past and present have already received the call to put their talent to the test this summer.

Former captain Chase Berger will join newly-named captain Brandon Biro at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ camp from June 26-28. Berger signed an AHL deal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins after completing his collegiate career last season. Biro will follow in Berger’s footsteps as he dons the “C” for his senior year.

Last season’s leading scorer Alex Limoges will attend the Detroit Red Wings’ development camp from June 25-29. Limoges set a single-season program record and led the nation with 50 points last year, while tying the single-season mark with 22 goals.

There will be a strong Penn State representation at the New York Islanders' camp this summer. Limoges' linemate Liam Folkes, Syosset, NY native Sam Sternschein, and goaltender Peyton Jones will all be in attendance from June 24-29.

Folkes recorded 42 points last season, his best output as a Nittany Lion.

Sternschein was a valuable member of the Nittany Lions' fourth line, posting nine goals and nine assists.

Jones holds nearly every goaltending record for Penn State but, after inconsistent sophomore and junior seasons, will look to regain his freshman form in his fourth and final season in goal for Penn State.

Forward Nate Sucese is shipping up to Boston as he attends the reigning Eastern Conference champion's camp from June 26-28. Sucese has been one of the most consistent performers for the Nittany Lions, recording point totals of 36, 29, and 37 points in his three seasons.

Rising sophomore Paul DeNaples will head to western Canada as he attends the Vancouver Canucks’ camp from June 25-27. DeNaples quickly became one of Penn State’s most trustworthy defensemen playing alongside Cole Hults. DeNaples ranked third in the nation at plus-31 and was a finalist for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Incoming freshman Kevin Wall will head to the Carolina Hurricanes’ development camp. Drafted in the sixth round of this year’s Entry Draft, Wall recorded 33 goals and 68 points in 60 games in the BCHL last season.