The Lindsay Muskies kicked off their 2012-13 season this past weekend with the completion of their prospect camp. There were some 55 players, involved over the two day event. Many areas were represented with players from as far in Canada as British Columbia, to other countries like the United States and even the Czech Republic, which added some European flavour.
The management and coaching staff were all very impressed with the talent and work ethic that was displayed. Lindsay Coach Paul Mattucci has seen this become the more of the norm over the past couple of seasons.
"With this being the third year of contraction, our league has gone from 37 teams to 23" says Mattucci, "From what I've been hearing from other teams, everyone's camps seem to be getting stronger as players need to compete for fewer spots."
The league has no doubt become a much a more competitive league from top to bottom after undergoing significant changes over the past couple of years, which makes it much more difficult to crack lineups.
"The changes have certainly impacted what we look for in our prospects camps" continued Mattucci, "We don't necessarily look for the most skilled player, but for exact pieces to fill certain holes that exist. It's more specific than it used to be."
The Muskies will be selecting between 15 and 20 players from the prospects camp to join the veterans at their main camp on August 17-20. Players will be hearing back from the organization in the next 3 to 4 weeks. The Muskies would like to thank all players in attendance for their hard work and positive attitude this past weekend.