Former Austin Bruins Eamon McAdam, Nico Sturm, Jake Kielly, and Austin Rueschhoff were all invited to participate in NHL Development Camps this summer. NHL teams fill camps at this time each year designed for draft picks and prospects who are unlikely to play in the NHL right away, but could be a part of that team’s future.
McAdam (G), who attended Islanders camp, played for the Bruins in their inaugural season of 2010-11 before going on to a successful USHL and NCAA career with the Waterloo Black Hawks and Penn State Nittany Lions. He became the second Bruins alumus to sign a pro-contract when he inked on with the Islanders in March of 2016.
Sturm (F) and Kielly (G), both headed to Winnipeg Jets camp, have been together every step of the way since playing for the Bruins in the 2014-15 season. Both players moved on to the Tri City Storm and won a Clark Cup (USHL Championship) in 2015-16 before committing to Clarkson University. Sturm and Kielly each enjoyed successful freshman seasons with the Golden Knights, as Sturm put up 21 points in 39 games while Kielly held a 2.56 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Rueschhoff (F) was a big part of the Bruins run to the Central Division Finals in 2015-16, finishing fourth on the team in scoring and then registering 5 points in 9 playoff games. The 6’6 forward spent 2016-17 in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, putting up 27 points in 57 games and committed to Western Michigan’s NCAA DI Program. He has been invited to Toronto Maple Leafs Camp.
CJ Smith (F), who signed a professional contract with the Buffalo Sabres last spring is expected to attend their development camp next week.