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Crimson Players Impress at NHL Prospect Camps

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Five members of the Harvard men's hockey team skated at National Hockey League prospect camps this month, putting their skills on display for the teams that hold their respective draft rights and gaining attention from various media covering the proceedings.

Seniors Alex Biega and Doug Rogers, chosen in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders, respectively, skated in their teams' camps for the final time before beginning their professional careers. NewYorkIslanders.com featured a photo gallery of Islanders prospects, including Rogers, in camp action (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3). Biega, meanwhile turned some heads at Sabres camp, as noted by WGR 550.

Sophomore Alex Killorn also had an impressive camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning, gaining notice from the St. Petersburg Times after scoring a pair of goals in a scrimmage. Killorn was selected by the Lightning in the 2007 NHL Draft.

Two of Harvard's incoming freshmen, Alex Fallstrom and Louis Leblanc, were picked in the 2009 NHL Draft and had their first skates with their NHL teams. As reported by The Gazette, Leblanc lived up to the high expectations of a first-round pick at the camp of his hometown Montreal Canadiens.

Fallstrom, who is from Sweden but attended high school at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Fairbault, Minn,, was drafted in this year's fourth round by his adopted hometown team, the Minnesota Wild. The St. Paul Pioneer Press checked in with Fallstrom at his first NHL camp.

Other Harvard Hockey News Links:
Minnesota Wild signs Ryan Lannon '05
Nashville Predators Agree to Terms with Ryan Maki '06
Rapid City Journal: Jon Pelle '08 re-signing solidifies Rapid City Rush top line
The Jewish Chronicle: Dylan Reese '07 in hockey championship

Photo of Alex Killorn courtesy Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Lightning