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Several SCSU players who will be on Huskies' 2022-23 roster are in NHL Development Camps

Dylan Anhorn, Dominic Basse, Grant Cruikshank, Adam Ingram, Micah Miller, Zach Okabe and Jack Peart all getting taste of the NHL

St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart (23) works the puck around Western Michigan forward Luke Grainger (9) during the first period Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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(Updated: 3 p.m. July 11 and again at 2:40 p.m. July 18)

Seven players who will be on the St. Cloud State men's hockey roster this fall are either in an NHL development camp or headed to one. Not all teams have released their development camp rosters.

The camps are for teams' draft picks, younger pros and free agent invitees. Camps vary by teams, but include scrimmages, workouts and meetings with coaches and player development personnel.

The Huskies headed to a camp include: defenseman Dylan Anhorn (Calgary), goalie Dominic Basse (Chicago), forward Grant Cruikshank (Washington), forward Adam Ingram (Nashville), forward Micah Miller (Colorado), forward Zach Okabe (St. Louis) and defenseman Jack Peart (Minnesota).

Anhorn, who recently completed his sophomore season, had 20 points in 29 games in 2021-22 playing for the Dutchmen

Anhorn, a 23-year-old from Calgary, spent his first two college seasons with Union before deciding to transfer after last season. Anhorn, a free agent, is expected to see time in all situations for the Huskies this fall after picking up 36 points in 66 games at Union.


The 20-year-old goalie from Virginia played the last two seasons for the Tigers and is a draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks

Basse, a 21-year-old from Alexandria, Va., spent his first two college seasons with Colorado College before deciding to transfer after last season. Basse, a sixth-round draft pick of the Blackhawks in 2019, was 10-26-3 with a 3.21 goals-against average, .891 save percentage and a shutout in 41 games with the Tigers. He is expected to battle for time as the starting goalie this fall.

Former Gopher, Colorado College forward will be a graduate student and plans to play his last season of college hockey with the Huskies.

Cruikshank, a 23-year-old from Delafield, Wis., spent three seasons with Colorado College, last season with the University of Minnesota and decided to transfer to SCSU after last season. Cruikshank, a free agent, has 37 goals and 60 points in 123 college games. He is expected to play center for the Huskies this fall.

The 18-year-old from West St. Paul, Manitoba, played last season for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.

Ingram, an 18-year-old from West St. Paul, Manitoba, played junior hockey for the Youngstown Phantoms last season in the United States Hockey League. Ingram, a third-round draft pick of the Predators last week, had 26 goals (tied for 18th in the USHL), 55 points (24th), eight power-play goals (tied for 16th), 16 power-play assists (tied for 17th) and led the Phantoms to the playoffs. He will be a freshman for the Huskies this fall.

Both will be fifth-year players next season for the Huskies. Spellacy joined the Huskies this season after 3 seasons at Robert Morris University. Miller has spent the last 4 seasons with the Huskies.

Miller, a 23-year-old from Grand Rapids, Minn., has played four seasons for the Huskies and has 24 goals, 54 points and is a plus-29 in 130 college games. Miller, a free agent, led NCAA Division I in short-handed goals with four last season.

In 2 games against the Mavericks and All-American goalie Dryden McKay, the junior from Okotoks, Alberta, has four goals and an assist. The teams, ranked 1 and 2 in the 2 national polls, play a nonconference series this weekened in Mankato.

Okabe, a 21-year-old from Okotoks, Alberta, has played three seasons for the Huskies and has 24 goals and 59 points in 97 college games. Okabe, a free agent, tied for second on the team in power-play goals with six last season.

A second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, the defenseman is finding his way during his freshman season with the Huskies. No. 5/6-ranked St. Cloud State plays North Dakota at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Peart, a 19-year-old from Grand Rapids, Minn., had 17 points and was a plus-5 in 32 games for the Huskies last season as a freshman. Peart, a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, is one of 60 players who have been invited to Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp, which will take place July 24-Aug. 3 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

The final 23-player roster is expected to be announced on Aug. 3 and the tournament will be held Aug. 9-20 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The roster for the 2023 U.S. National Junior Team, which will play in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, is expected to be announced in mid-December.


Peart is one of 20 defensemen who have been invited to the camp.

Forward led the top Under-20 junior hockey league in Finland last season in goals, points

Veeti Miettinen, a 20-year-old from Espoo, Finland, has played two seasons for the Huskies and has 21 goals, 47 points and is a plus-6 in 68 college games. Miettinen, a sixth-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was the NCHC Rookie of the Year in 2019-20. He is on the development camp roster for the Maple Leafs.

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Former St. Cloud State players Sam Hentges (Minnesota), David Hrenak (Los Angeles) and Nick Perbix (Tampa Bay) are also headed to development camps with the teams that they signed with after being drafted by those teams.

Since returning from the Olympics, the senior wing from New Brighton has five goals and two assists in six games. Hentges and the Huskies play host to Minnesota Duluth in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday

Hentges, a 22-year-old forward from New Brighton, played the last four seasons for the Huskies and had 37 goals and 83 points in 114 college games. A seventh-round pick of the Wild, Hentges also played for Team USA in the Olympics last season.

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Hrenak, a 24-year-old goalie from Považská Bystrica, Slovakia, played the last four seasons for the Huskies and was 82-44-14 with a .910 save percentage, 2.40 goals-against average and 14 shutouts in 146 college games. He finished last season playing for the Ontario Reign, the Kings' top minor league team in the American Hockey League. With the Reign, Hrenak was 1-1 with a .925 save percentage, 1.91 GAA and one shutout in four games.

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Perbix, a 24-year-old defenseman from Elk River, played the last four seasons for the Huskies and had 22 goals, 89 points and was a plus-23 in 135 college games. A sixth-round pick of the Lightning, Perbix also played for Team USA in the Olympics last season. He finished last season playing for the Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning's top minor league team in the AHL. With the Crunch, Perbix had two goals, nine points and was a plus-3 in 17 games.

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Wing Barrett Hall had 25 points in 28 games in 2021-22 playing for the Minnesota Wilderness in the North American Hockey League. Hall recently verbally committed to play for St. Cloud State.
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Future SCSU forward drafted by Seattle

St. Cloud State recruit Barrett Hall was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the sixth round of the NHL Entry Draft on Friday. Hall was on the ice for their development camp Monday, July 11.

Hall, a 6-foot, 170-pound 18-year-old forward from Apple Valley, played for Gentry Academy and then finished the North American Hockey League season with the Minnesota Wilderness.

After averaging nearly a point-per-game playing for the Wilderness, the wing garners attention from NCAA Division I programs, chooses to play for the Huskies. The 18-year-old from Apple Valley also has an outside shot at being selected in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft and is a former competitive mountain biker.

With Gentry, he had 25 goals and 55 points in 25 games. With the Wilderness, Hall had six goals, 25 points and was a plus-7 in 28 games. As a draft pick, Hall will be invited to Seattle's prospect camp. He is expected to play this season for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Green Bay selected him in Phase II of the Tier I United States Hockey League Draft (third overall).

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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