Even though it’s the offseason, it’s still time to work for a variety of Sun Devil hockey players. This week, eight of Greg Powers’ players are at NHL Development Camps. The eight skaters marks the most in program history that are at an NHL prospect camp.
Here is a rundown of what teams are looking at ASU players:
Johnny Walker (Columbus Blue Jackets):
The 2018-19 Hobey Baker candidate finished with 34 points in 32 games played. Walker was among the nation’s leaders in goals with 23 and he was a plus-8. At Blue Jackets camp, he is wearing the number 89. It is Walker’s second consecutive trip to Columbus development camp.
Brinson Pasichnuk (San Jose Sharks):
One of the Sun Devil captains is in San Jose. Pasichnuk registered the second most points in the 2018-19 campaign, tallying 30 in 35 games played. The defenseman was a plus-25 as a top d-man for Powers. Pasichnuk also scored the first postseason goal in the program’s young history when he went top shelf to score the Devils’ lone tally against Quinnipiac in the NCAA Tournament. The trip to the Bay Area marks the third time that Pasichnuk has been at an NHL Development Camp. He previously made appearances with the Arizona Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens.
Steen Pasichnuk (San Jose Sharks):
The brothers from Bonnyville, Alberta are both in the same place for development camp. In 2018-19, Steen was a plus-2 with eight points for the Sun Devils. He also made his presence felt with his physical play throughout the season on ASU’s fourth line that featured Steen, Dom Garcia, and Jake Clifford. The three-man wrecking crew provided a plethora of big hits throughout the season.
Demetrios Koumontzis (Calgary Flames):
A fourth round selection of Calgary in the 2018 NHL Draft, Koumontzis is at his second camp with the Flames. He had a 20-point season for the Sun Devils in 2018-19 and was highly effective early in the 2018-19 season on the same line as Walker. The Scottsdale native is known for his speed and skill, and it seems more eyes will be on him in Calgary this week.
Austin Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins):
A Lemieux in Pittsburgh? It sounds familiar. The redshirt freshman forward nicknamed “Lemmy” by his teammates accounted for four goals and nine assists after redshirting during his first year in Tempe. The trip to his home state marks the the third time that Lemieux has been a prospect camp for the Penguins.
Filips (Fil) Buncis (Colorado Avalanche):
The junior Latvian forward had 10 points in his sophomore season. Buncis supplies a heavy, physical game at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, and he accounted for a variety of big goals for the Sun Devils this past season.
Josh Maniscalco (Boston Bruins):
The Perkiomenville, Pa. native is attending camp with the Stanley Cup runner-ups in 2019. Maniscalco was one of the most steady defenseman on the Sun Devil roster in 2018-19 as a freshman. Maniscalco was a plus-12 and was a top pairing alongside Brinson Pasichnuk. A product of the U.S. National Development system, Maniscalco was tied with Koumontzis for points as a freshman.
Carson Briere (Philadelphia Flyers):
Although he hasn’t played a game in maroon and gold yet, Briere is at Flyers development camp this week. He is an incoming freshman forward who is the son of longtime NHL-er Daniel Briere. He accumulated 89 points in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) last season.
-Former ASU goaltender Joey Daccord is at Ottawa Senators development camp after making his professional debut at the end of the NHL season.
-There must be something brewing between the pipes at ASU. At last week’s NHL Draft, Sun Devil commit Cole Brady was drafted by the New Jersey Devils as the 127th overall pick. He’s officially a true devil at heart.
-Josh Doan (the son of Shane Doan) committed to ASU last Friday.